Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Walt Disney Archives Collection - Stationary & Note Cards

On August 29, 2015, Duckman (Walt Disney Classics Collection expert) wrote on his blog that he attended this year's D23 Expo--where Enesco had unveiled a new line of figurines called the Walt Disney Archives Collection (WDAC).

Duckman writes...
The same team who brought us the Walt Disney Classics Collection, unveiled this new line based on maquettes actually used in the films. The initial releases touch on early films (Pinocchio and Fantasia) and current films (Frozen) and shorts (Get a Horse).

The sculpts are based on actual maquettes, down to the texture and coloring. For fans of the Walt Disney Classics Collection, these maquettes will make a nice, added addition to your collection.

When the Walt Disney Classics Collection was suspended in December, 2012, many were disappointed...these releases do NOT disappoint!

In addition to the wonderful new figurines, the WDAC is also bringing us two volumes of letterhead stationary as well as a series of note card sets. They became available to retailers in September.

Letterhead Stationary:

The Letterhead Stationary (vol. 1) features the actual Disney Company letterhead designs that were used during the making of Snow White, Robin Hood, Mary Poppins, Jungle Book, Great Mouse Detective, Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Finding Nemo, and Pete's Dragon.

Enesco Item No. 4051320.

Includes 40 sheets, five each from eight films. 8.5" x 11". Retail $10.00/set.

See the actual Snow White letterhead stationary from 1938 in an earlier Archive entry.

Volume 2 in the letterhead collection includes Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio, 101 Dalmatians, Rescuers, Cat from Outer Space, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Winnie the Pooh, and Hercules.


Note Cards:

The WDAC note card series consists of five individual sets: Snow White, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. Retail $25.00/set. The boxes are replicas of the storybooks that appeared at the start of each movie. The note cards feature reproductions of original studio production artwork and promotional material. 20 cards per set (2 each of 10 designs), plus envelopes and stickers.

The Snow White note cards.

Stock images copyright Disney/Enesco. Additional images via World Wide Art.

Special thanks to Elana Sperber for her assistance with this post.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Faber-Castell Pencils

Snow White no. 2 lead pencils by Faber-Castell, a world leader in the manufacture of wood-cased pencils. They feature an illustration of the princess and each of the dwarfs.

Individual pencil images via integratedconcerns.

On the Faber-Castell facebook page, I made an inquiry about the date of these pencils. This was their response:
We are sorry to inform you, that we aren’t able to date the Snow White pencils exactly. We didn’t find any proof in our catalogues. We can only assume, that the Snow White pencils were produced in the 1980’s. In that time several fancy pencils in blister packs were offered as retail products. For example Faber-Castell “Mickey” pencils were in the market and the 50th jubilee of Walt Disney’s film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937) was celebrated.

Then I heard from collector Michael Filippello. He owns a sealed pack of 14 that he purchased while still in high school. This dates them to the early 80s--circa 1983.

Special thanks to Michael for sharing his images and info on these hard-to-find pencils.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

1958 National Leather School Bag

In the previous post, we saw Snow White bags produced in 1953 by the National Leather Mfg. Co. Here's another satchel with Snow and the dwarfs on the front panel. Measures approximately 8.5" x 12" x 2.5" deep. Made of vinyl-covered texton. Plastic handle and latch with metal components and buckle.

This one looks like a school bag and probably dates from the US theatrical re-release in 1958. It's mentioned, along with a "utility bag", in the '58 Snow White pressbook (p.7). Retail price $2.59.

Bag images via escape59.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

1953 National Leather Bag Catalog

In 1953, the National Leather Manufacturing Company of Brooklyn, NY issued a wholesale catalog of assorted bags for children. Several pages included Disney-themed designs including Snow White.

Not surprisingly, a couple of full pages are dedicated to Peter Pan, which was released in 1953. There's also Alice in Wonderland bags, Pinocchio, and Donald Duck too.

Price list per dozen.

Special thanks to Matt of Vintage Disney Alice in Wonderland for sharing these scans.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

1938 Parker Brothers Snow White Board Game

In 1938, Parker Brothers produced a board game called, "Walt Disney's Own Game - Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs".

The board back is pictured here with a Snow White label.

Board face.

Game components:
  • Board
  • Dwarf Dial (light green)
  • Apple Dial (red)
  • 4 Playing Pieces: Snow White, Prince, Witch, Seven Dwarfs (cardboard with wood bases)
  • Rules booklet
  • Also included with the original game was a Parker Bros. ads booklet for 8 other games: Monopoly, Sorry, Crossword Lexicon, Pigskin, Camelot, Flinch, Rook and Boake Carter’s “Star Reporter

According to the rules book, "the game is divided into four short scenes; each scene is a part of the story of Snow White and should be learned and played, one scene at a time."

Snow White in the Castle...

Snow White Wanders in the Woods...

Snow White in the House of the Seven Dwarfs...


The rules go on to say...
All players in turn move the same pieces around the board by the spin of the indicators. The winner is the one who is fortunate enough to make the move which releases Snow White from her long sleep by the kiss of the Prince.

Images courtesy of the Michael Filippello Collection.
Additional pics via useajax and chicagoredline.