Monday, January 19, 2009

Toast of the Town

Walt Disney appears as a guest on Ed Sullivan's "Toast of the Town." The date: February 1953. One could just imagine all the neat things the two talked about. This photo is currently for sale on eBay. Some 15 years earlier Sullivan had written an extremely positive review of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, after attending the premiere at the Carthay Circle Theater in Los Angeles.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Harvard 1938

This photo is for sale on eBay right now - Walt Disney picks-up his Honorary Degree from Harvard. The date: June 22, 1938. More on this event at a later date.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

unknown Hank Porter Christmas illustration

This illustration was sent to me by Hank Porter's son. I am not sure when the image was used, or where the illustration was published. If anyone knows when and where this piece of art was used, please let me know.

I have posted several more Christmas related items tonight. This particular image will be my last Christmas one for this season...after all, there are many more exciting treasures to share. Hope you've enjoyed looking at some of the great Christmas collectibles from years past that I managed to post over the last month or so.

If you have an interesting item you'd like to share, an interesting vintage Disney related story you think others would like to know about, or if you have any great Disney items for sale, drop me a line.

Christmas greetings from...

No, this wasn't sent to me and the card is not personalized to anyone, but I scooped it for a good price several years ago and now the card resides in my collection. The illustration is titled "Christmas Carols" and was painted by artist Andree Ruellan.

unknown Christmas illustration identified

On December 7th I posted an image I initially thought may have been used for the 1933 Disney Studio corporate Christmas card. This was not the case and I was left wondering what the art was used for.

Well, two good friends emailed to let me know the illustration, found
here, was initially created as a concept for the 1933 card, but was not used as such.

According to my friend Are Myklebust, "This is an unofficial...Christmas card drawn by Fred Spencer to his friend and colleague Charles 'Chuck' Couch in 1933." Another friend, Ross Anderson, provided an image of the conceptual art.

Thanks guys!

1939 Walt Disney Christmas card

This Disney Studio Christmas card comes to us via my friend Lance Fontenot. Lance took time out of his busy holiday schedule to scan several cards from his extensive collection, so I could share them with you.

I love the page in the card that shows the signatures of some of the artists who worked on the film. There are a lot of very talented people listed on that page who went on to attain great fame at Disney's over the course of their careers.

Thanks again Lance for the scans...I appreciate your time!

1938 Walt Disney Christmas card

Another beautiful Disney Studio "golden-age" Christmas card, from the collection of my good friend Lance Fontenot.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year greeting

Wishing all my visitors a happy, healthy and prosperous 2009!