Wednesday, July 1, 2015

1938 Old King Cole 'Snow White' Displays

A complete set of Snow White composition displays is currently up for auction at Hakes (Auction #215; Item 1867). They're copyrighted 1938 by Old King Cole Inc., the premiere manufacturer of Disney store displays in the day. The collection includes Snow and the dwarfs plus two fiberboard-backed painted cottages.

Each of the figures is two-dimensional with the original wood framework and Old King Cole label attached on the back. Intended for store windows or wall display, small braces could be easily added for floor display as well. The character name for each is recessed into design. Snow White measures 39.625" tall x 13.5" wide. The dwarfs are approximately 24" x 20.5".

The two cottages match in style to the Old King Cole displays but are unmarked. The larger measures 53" x 39.75", the smaller is 39.625" x 39.5".

Old King Cole images and information via Hakes.

Disney Old King Cole displays are among the most sought after Disneyana of any era. According to Hakes, this is the only complete Snow White set in this style known to exist. There is another display set, but it features totally different designs for the characters.

Pictured in the 1987 Brian Sibley and Richard Hollis Snow White book: The Making of a Classic Film, p.73, these Old King Cole figures are shown in a 1938 theatre display. Note also the papier mâché head on top.

Page 73, copyright 1987 Brian Sibley and Richard Hollis.

The figures were also on display, along with the papier mâché heads, in the courtyard of the Cathay Circle Theatre during the 1937 world premiere. (See earlier Archive entry for more pics.)

Art Exhibit photo courtesy of the David Lesjak Collection via Vintage Disney Collectibles.

Special thanks to William Stillman for his generous assistance with this post.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

1938 RKO Danish Promotional Flyer for Snow White

Like the Danish flyer issued by Gloria-Film (in previous post), this advertising proposal (reklameforslag) would also have been sent to theatre operators. However, it was issued by RKO and probably not until late 1938. The official Denmark premiere of Snow White occurred on September 29th of that year, but the movie was re-released on Christmas Day in major provincial cities and later in smaller town cinemas.

The text on the front reads, "The movie everyone asks for!" (Filmen, alle spørger efter!) It also says "New copy!" (NY kopi!) This seems to indicate that more prints of the picture had come available for this new screening.

Inside the flyer are the Danish cast credits, the song list, favorable press reviews, and the usual buzzwords like--"a world success!" (En verdens-sukces!)

The back includes theatre promotional materials (reklamemateriale) and more info about the film. There's also a newspaper ad slick (annoncekliché) which was not included with the earlier flyer.

Special thanks to Holger Paulsen for sharing these images found online.

Also read the firsthand account of Harry Rasmussen who as a young boy first saw Snehvide og de syv Dværge on Christmas Day 1938.

Monday, June 29, 2015

1938 Gloria-Film Danish Promotional Flyer for Snow White

This four-page promotional flyer was given to theatre-operators in Denmark to help with their Snow White campaigns. Distributed by Gloria-Film, it would have predated the theatrical premiere which occurred on September 29, 1938. Snehvide og de syv Dværge was one of several international dubbed versions of the film to be released during its premiere run. The dwarfs' word bubble reads, Vi taler Dansk! which means, We speak Danish!

Much like a pressbook, the flyer contains information about the picture and encouragement to theatres as to why they should screen it. The heading on this section basically says that no other Danish film has received better press than Snow White, so why not show it? Below are numerous positive review blurbs.

The back page has info on renting/purchasing advertising (reklamen.) tools--including posters (klichéplakaten); 24-page programs (tekstbogen); flyers (lobeseddelen); color photos (kolorerede fotos); trailers (traileren); and a box of woodcut Dwarf figures, about one meter high.

Special thanks to Holger Paulsen for sharing these images found online.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Carl Barks and Snow White

Artist Carl Barks was best known for his work on the Donald Duck comics. However when he started his Disney career in 1935, the Studio was in full swing on the production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It's well known that Walt Disney offered extra money ($1 to $5 bonuses) to any staff who came up with good gags to be used in the film. Carl had a couple.

These original drawings are his gag suggestions which he submitted. Graphite and colored pencil, four panels per page, with numerous production notes in the margins. Each panel measures approximately 4" x 5"; on 10" x 12" animation paper.

This next gag takes place over three pages.

Gag images via Profiles in History.


An article on Carl appeared in the 1992 periodical, Comics Scene Yearbook, and it featured a painting by him of a a toy room scene. The focus was on the ducks, of course, but Snow White makes an appearance too.

Comic Scene Yearbook image scans courtesy of Dan Alexander Dizmentia.

Carl passed away in the year 2000 at the age of 99.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

1985 Snow White "Disney Collection" Book from Japan

In 1985, a series of  "Disney Collection" books were being sold at Tokyo Disneyland. One of the titles was on Snow White. Slightly reminiscent of the classic Snow White book by Brian Sibley and Richard Hollis, this Japanese volume includes images of collectibles, theme park attractions, plus the entire film story in pictures and text.

Japanese Snow White collectibles.

Snow White's Adventures.

The making of the film.

Back cover.

Image and text copyright Disney. Scans courtesy of the Kurt Raymond Collection. 

It's a hard-to-find title today. If you come across it for sale, don't let it slip by. ISBN:4-06-1916734 (978-4-06-191673-9). 63 pages. Original retail 680 yen.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Disney Enchanted Snow White Clock

Introduced to retailers in 2013 and available in Europe in 2014, this Snow White wall clock is part of the Disney Enchanting Collection from Enesco. Measures 24cm high. SRP £35.00.

It appeared in the 2014 Enesco UK catalog (next to a Belle clock).

Stock images copyright Enesco/Disney.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Disney Enchanting Collection by Enesco

The Enchanting Collection from Enesco features many of Disney's favorite characters portrayed in a series of figurines. Included are several Snow White pieces. Hand-painted resin.

Love's First Kiss. Stands 11.0cm high. Retail £29.95.

Introduced to retailers in 2013, the pieces appeared in this 2014 UK Enesco catalog. The collection is only available to the European market.

In June 2015, many of the figurines also popped up online at the UK Disney Store site...

The Fairest Story Tale. Measures 14.0cm high. Retail £99.00.

UK Disney Store Item No. 409014084684P.

Fairest of Them All. 11.5cm. Retail £19.95.

UK Disney Store Item No. 409014085421P.

The Seven Dwarfs all measure 6.0cm tall. Retail £9.95 each.

Bashful No. 409014083106P + Doc No. 409014082864P.

Happy No. 409014083366P + Sneezy No. 409014083519P.

Sleepy No. 409014083441P + Dopey No. 409014083779P.

Stock images copyright Enesco and Disney Store.

A Snow White wall clock was also included in the series, see next post.