Monday, June 30, 2014

2005 Snow White US Postage Stamp

The US Postal first day of issue for the Snow White and Dopey 37¢ stamp occurred on June 30, 2005. It was part of "The Art of Disney: Celebration" series. The stamps were designed by the Disney team which included artist Peter Emmerich and creative director Dave Pacheco, along with Postal Service art director Terrence McCaffrey.




It started in 2004 when the Post Office issued "The Art of Disney: Friendship" 37¢ stamps. It was the first in the series and featured Mickey Mouse and Goofy, Bambi and Thumper, Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket, and Simba and Mufasa.



Then in 2005, "The Art of Disney: Celebration" series was released with Mickey Mouse and Pluto, Alice and the Mad Hatter, Ariel and Flounder, and Snow White and Dopey.




The third series, "The Art of Disney: Romance" came out in 2006. The 39¢ stamps included Mickey Mouse and Minnie, Lady and the Tramp, Belle and the Beast, and Cinderella and Prince Charming.



The fourth series was "The Art of Disney: Magic" from 2007. The price of first class stamps rose to 41¢.
In 2008,"The Art of Disney: Imagination" was the final release in the collection. Now up to 42¢ stamps.



The USPS also issued Snow White and Dopey postcards, silver medallion, jigsaw puzzle, lithographs, pins, and a magnet.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Vintage Seven Dwarfs Cottage Tin

Made in England, this lithographed biscuit tin is shaped like the Seven Dwarfs cottage. The same image of Snow White and six of the dwarfs appears on both sides of the container. Measures approximately 6.25" x 5" x 4". Dates from circa 1938.





The removable end is illustrated with Snow's forest animal friends--a deer and bluebird.




Happy and more animals are shown on the opposite end.




The underside is marked, ""BY PERMISSION OF WALT DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE LTD.''


Additional image via Heritage Auctions.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

1938 Czech Snow White Insert

With rave reviews and early successes--like the Grand Art Trophy from the 1938 Venice Film Festival--the initial release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs had roused the public's interest throughout a Europe on the brink of war. In former Czechoslovakia, it was one of the first movies to be dubbed into the Czech language. The Barrandov Studios in Prague worked to create the audio track, which was sent to the Disney Studio in Hollywood. As was done with many of the  international prints, Disney animators also replaced the illustrated English text (e.g., the Dwarfs' names on their beds) with those in another language, in this case, with Czech words.

The film played for three months in Prague and the government was so grateful for this special version that Disney did not have to pay the usual exhibition taxes.



This insert poster dates from the 1938 release, but because the prints took some time to complete, we can see that the film was still arriving to Czech theatres in 1939. Glued to the top of the poster is an advertisement for the screening of Sněhurka at the local cinema Bio Slavia on April 22-23, 1939. The show times for both days were 2:30, 5:00 and 7:30 pm.

The text goes something like this::
The first feature-length, animated, colorful, sound, spoken in Czech and stereoscopic picture by Walt Disney:

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Unique work, that has thrilled the entire world and now brings even your admiration. The film honored by Grand Biennale Art Trophy in 1938.




Lithograph printed by Dolezal, Cerveny kostelec (noted in the small print to left and above Dwarfs).



A rough translation of the red lettering at the bottom reads:
Movie? - No!

Unique event of the week!

Unique revelation of fairy-tale wonders!

Unique experience of unfathomable beauty!

Unique work that has fascinated the whole world and now brings even your admiration!


A RKO Radio Films release.

Not exactly sure what "ATL LB Hoffmann" stands for, possibly the poster artist or a Czech movie distributor?



Reverse side is blank. Poster measures 96 x 31cm (37.5" x 12.25"); with glued advertisement, it's 106cm (41.75") tall.



It's interesting to note that at this time, Czechoslovakia was already under Nazi occupation. As such, Snow White might have also been introduced with German subtitles. It's said that highly placed Nazi officers had to ask for permission to borrow a copy of the film for private screenings. So maybe this German version wasn't for public showings, yet again, it might have been--as indicated by the poster below. The original title is pasted over with another written in both German and Czech.



There was an actual German-language dub created in Amsterdam in 1938, but it never played openly in Germany until after the war. So without too much inaccuracy, it could be said that this Czech print may have been one of the first releases of Snow White available to Germans, at least to those stationed in Czechoslovakia.

Special thanks to Martin Maxa for his assistance with this post. Additional info courtesy of Greg Philip of A Lost Film.

Monday, June 23, 2014

"Snow White" tins, yet not Snow White

  • Snow White Tooth Powder...



  • Soda Cracker Tin, Snow White Bakeries...



  • 1920's Fancy Keystone Mushrooms - The Famous Snow White...



  • "Snow White" Titanium Enamelware...



  • Snow White Hair Beautifier - Lynchburg, Virginia...



  • Blair's Snow White Hair Beautifier, also from Lynchburg, Virginia, dated 1941...



  • Snow White Brand Powdered Onion, 25 lbs. restaurant size....

Saturday, June 21, 2014

'Schneewittchen' Herald from Germany

Some classic Snow White artwork by Gustaf Tenggren is featured in this West German herald for Schneewittchen und die sieben Zwerge. Dates from the February 1950 release.



Frank Thomas' mourning scene takes center stage on the inside of the flyer.


Image scans courtesy of Greg Philip of A Lost Film.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

1940 'Festival of Hits' Herald

A flyer from Warner's Playhouse in Dover, New Jersey announces the arrival of The Great Walt Disney Festival of Hits on August 18-21, 1940. The highlight of the screening was the return of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.



Centerfold.



Back page.

Images via matnj50.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Leeds Snow White Ceramic Banks

A Snow White figural coin bank was manufactured by Leeds China Co. of Chicago, circa 1949. Glazed ceramic. Measures 6.5" tall. A slot along the side allows for coin deposits. No "removal" opening on the bottom, though.




A similar non-bank figurine was produced too. It's listed in Hake's Official Price Guide To Disney Collectibles (p.853).



There was also a Dopey bank.








In addition to the banks, Leeds China Co. also manufactured similar-looking Snow White and Dopey ceramic planters.