Monday, December 24, 2012

Yoo Hoo! Merry Christmas Mouse Club members!

This post showcases one of my favorite items. The reason? Because it's such a great crossover collectible that pushes my collecting buttons on two fronts - 1930s Disney Christmas-related and 1930s theater-based Mickey Mouse Club: two areas that I collect. When this 1934 item was offered for sale I just had to purchase it.

The theater-based Mickey Mouse Club had its first meeting at the Fox Dome Theater in Santa Monica, California, in the summer of 1929. The club idea was the brainchild of theater-owner Harry Woodin. 

Walt Disney, Ub Iwerks, and studio musician Carl Stalling even took time from their busy schedule and made a special appearance at one Fox Dome meeting, and at one point in time the theater Mickey Mouse Club had attained such a cult following membership allegedly exceeded that of the Boy and Girl Scouts!

The Clubs weren't only a hit with children but also retailers who often sponsored club activities or offered special promotions for Club members. Penney's department store was one such sponsor.

Minnie's Yoo Hoo was the Club's official theme song. (Listen to the tune by clicking here.) Sheet music featuring the piano arrangement and lyrics was offered to Club members and the song was featured in a theater trailer. The song made its first public appearance in the 1929 Mickey Mouse short Mickey's Follies.

I have a HUGE archive of 1930s Mickey Mouse Club research material as well as around two-dozen actual items. One of these days I plan to write a monogram detailing the history of the organization. In the meantime, enjoy this neat piece of rare memorabilia on Christmas Eve,and stay tuned for one more Christmas-related item which I'll post tomorrow.

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