Friday, March 30, 2012

The Story of Dopey Book

Front Cover

Here's a look at The Story of Dopey book, one of eight titles published by Whitman (1938) in the "Story of" series. It's worth noting that there's two chapters and they take place after the movie, referring to Snow White as living happily with the Prince "in their Land of Dreams."

Title Page

In the first part, we follow a "day-in-the-life" of Dopey as he finishes his work at the mine, offers some aid to a baby deer on the way home, falls asleep with a bunny in the cottage, and gets stuck in a tree the next morning.

In the second part, Dopey helps out a family of bluebirds.

Illustrations and text copyright Disney/Whitman Publishing Company, 1938. Posted here for historical documentation purposes only.
Image scans courtesy of the Rick Payne Collection. See what Rick has for sale at dadric's attic.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Snow White "Story of" Books, Whitman No. 1044

The "Story of" series of Snow White books were produced in 1938 by Whitman Publishing Company (Racine, Wisconsin). Sold as a boxed set of eight, each illustrated story book was devoted to one character--the princess and the individual dwarfs. Printed on an inexpensive pulp stock with somewhat heavier stock covers, they were designed to be read and colored by younger readers. Each title measures 7.5" x 11" and contains 24 pages.

Each of the books are marked 1044, and the set came housed together in an illustrated box.

Info and images via Heritage Auctions.

This set appears on page 839 of Hake's Official Price Guide to Disney Collectibles (2nd ed.), 2007...

The books do show up for sale often enough online, both individually and as a complete set. Yet, they tend to be quite expensive. Finding ones that are free from marks and damage will obviously cost you the most.

Have a closer look at a couple of the titles:

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Orson Welles 'Snow White' Radio Performance, 1945

A studio audience admission ticket for this live CBS performance...

Image and additional info courtesy of Rick Payne of dadric's attic.

Sixty Seven years ago tonight, Cresta Blanca Wines sponsored a CBS radio dramatization of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The live broadcast took place at the Columbia Square Playhouse in Hollywood and aired on the program, "THIS IS MY BEST", a series hosted by Orson Welles.

In the introduction to the show, Welles shares that it's his oldest daughter's seventh birthday and that he knows of no better story to share with her than Snow White. As one would expect, his narration is rock solid. Jane Powell, who starred in the 1944 Screen Guild Theater performance, repeats her role as the princess. A full cast of Queen/Witch, Prince and Dwarfs fills out the presentation. Excerpts of the songs from the film are performed throughout with live orchestra accompaniment.

Original Airdate: March 27, 1945...

Listen to the entire half hour CBS radio broadcast starring Orson Welles and Jane Powell, courtesy of the Orson Welles on the Air archive collection:

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Snow White Canvas Tote

This smart-looking Snow White tote popped up on in early January 2012. The reusable shopping bag is made of cotton canvas with secure 9" reinforced handles. Measures 15" x 13" and 4" deep. Original retail price $19.50 (USD); currently on sale for $9.99.

Item No. 9268047152299P

Close-up of the Snow White screen art with glitter ink accents...

Images copyright

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Snow White's 75th Anniversary Hollywood Screening

Recently, it was announced that the TCM (Turner Classic Movies) Classic Film Festival along with the D23 Disney Fan Club will present a 75th anniversary big screen showing of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The public screening will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday April 14, 2012 at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

In addition, on the day before, legendary actor Kirk Douglas will be on hand at the theatre for the first public screening of the newly restored 1954 Disney film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. That will be Friday April 13th at 2:45 pm.

The four-day festival runs April 12-15 and will play a wide variety of motion picture gems as they were originally meant to be seen--on the big screen, in some of the world's most iconic venues, with the people who made them. For the classic film lover, this looks to be quite the prodigious weekend.


[UPDATE: 4/16/2012...]

Marge Champion (pictured on stage with Leonard Maltin) received "a huge applause and standing ovation" at the screening.

Ginnifer Goodwin (who plays Snow White on the television series Once Upon a Time) chats with Leonard Maltin on stage.

Info and images of the festival screening via WAMG.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Snow White Tattoos

Snow White with Animals. + Snow White Over Shoulder
Images copyright cherrycore and queenofnancyland.

 Snow with Apple. 
Image via ImageShack.

Snow White. Artist: Buccaneer Tattoo, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Snow White Bows.
Image copyright Molly Pearce.

Alice and Snow. 
Image via ImageShack.

Snow and Evil Queen.
Copyright Sam Rulz via Tattoo Gathering.

Poison Free. Artist: Nate Click + Artist: Marija Asanovski of Sailors Grave Tattoo.
Images via misselise and imgfave.

Wicked Snow White. Artist: Jen Beirola, Omaha NE + Snow White Cupcake.
Images via Grinn+Barrett Tattoo and lisa.

The Fairest of Them All + Inked Fairest One of All. Artist: Kevin Boudreau of Artifact Tattoo.
Images viaowls love tea and  ChristinaIsRad.

Snow White Leg.
Images via bonechilling and julie-bean92.

Snow Roses by Julius Vargas + Snow White Couture. Artist: Tom at Hope Street Tattoo, Providence, RI.
Images livedhappilyeverafter and chelseadolan.tumblr.

Snow White at Wondercon, 2010.
Image via krystyl.

Snow White with Forest Animals.
Images via lovesicknevernude.

Snow White at Wedding (above) and Meet-n-Greet.
Images posted by princessallegra via