Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas everyone!

Hope everyone had an enjoyable Christmas and that you had the opportunity to share the magic of the season with friends and family.

Here's a neat item I acquired about two years ago for a very reasonable price. I love the graphics!

This print was available to school teachers in Great Britain and Australia circa 1932. The item measures approximately 13 1/2 by 14 inches, and was part of a series of 60 illustrations printed on heavy-stock paper used as classroom decor and teaching aides. The print is stamped with the number "55" in the top left and right corners, while the words "Macmillan's Projects and Pictures" appear in the bottom right corner. The print's caption reads, "A Present For Mickey And Minnie Mouse."

The Santa depicted in the print is a great representation of Disney's Silly Symphony Santa Claus cartoon incarnation, which first appeared in the 1932 short Santa's Workshop, followed in 1933 with The Night Before Christmas.

The following two items appeared in the December 8, 1932, edition of The Film Daily, a prominent trade publication of the day. The author of the article, Jack Alicoate, offered Walt Disney advice when Walt was battling his New York distributor Charlie Mintz back in 1928.

This post concludes the "Big Holiday Number" here on Vintage Disney Collectibles. I have several other neat Christmas-themed items to share, but they'll have to wait for next Christmas. Hope you've enjoyed this year's offerings.

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