Friday, January 31, 2014

Vintage Craftsmen's Guild Snow White Slides

Collector Rick Payne recently picked up this set of ten Snow White 35mm color slides manufactured by Craftsmen's Guild of Hollywood. Reproduced in 1944 from the original master film, each 2" x 2" slide is numbered, includes a scene from the movie, and a text description. The images could be enjoyed with a regular slide projector or a handheld viewer.

The set of ten is housed in its original paperboard holder. The photos are backlight so we can see the color images.

The slides came in a paper envelope (6.5" x 10") labeled Walt Disney Cartoon Characters. Interestingly, this particular envelope is marked as Set No. 6 - Dumbo, but it contained the Snow White slides. Retail price was $2.50 per set.

Above images and info courtesy of the Rick Payne Collection via dadric's attic.

Thanks to collector Michael Filippello, we get a look at the Snow White envelope, Set No. 3, which he has in his collection.

Each set also came with an informational insert with details on the specific slides and a promo for "The Hollywood Viewer"...retail $2.45.

The Hollywood Viewer and box.

A 1944 periodical advertisement (left) from Willoughbys camera store in NYC. You could get the set of 10 slides for $2.50; slides plus viewer $4.95. An ad from a July 1947 toy publication (right).

A couple slides as seen through the viewer.

Additional images courtesy of the Michael Filippello Collection.

In an era before the Cloud, Blu-ray, DVD, VHS, Super 8 reels or even television, full-color slides provided a simple, yet wonderful way to relive the Snow White experience long after it had left the movie theatre.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

1937-38 RKO Exhibitor Book

Collector Rick Payne has done it again by providing us with this rare find! A 1937-1938 RKO Exhibitor Book with Actual Production Photographs of the Seven New RKO Radio Pictures to be Released During the Ned Depinet Drive. (Ned Depinet was an RKO executive.)

The high-quality book is spiral-bound with a maroon cloth cover and gold lettering. There's 34 pages plus 7 interleaved black card stock dividers, each with a different film title. Measures about 11.5" x 14.5". Like studio production annuals, it's principal purpose was to build enthusiasm for bookings and promotion at the local theatre level.

The first film presented in the book is Snow White.

The pages consist of black and white photographic prints (like the ozaloid prints used for Disney model sheets within the Studio).

Images and info courtesy of the Rick Payne Collection via dadric's attic.

The other six films featured in the book were Radio City Revels, Bringing Up Baby, Hawaii Calls, Vivacious Lady, Joy of Living, and Having Wonderful Time. The Hollywood stars pictured included Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ginger Rogers, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Irene Dunne, Lucille Ball, Red Skelton and more.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

1938 Snow White "Target Game"

A shooting arcade style amusement from 1938, the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Target Game was created by board game designer Arthur Dritz, copyrighted by Walt Disney Enterprises, and manufactured by the American Toy Works of New York.

The contents included a metal pistol with four rubber darts, a 13" x 19" game board with its two wooden footings, the Seven Dwarfs targets (which came wrapped in crepe paper), and the game directions.

The wood piece attached to the board holds the targets. Each dwarf has a different value--Sneezy is lowest at 10 points while Dopey is 70. The Old Witch circles are marked 50 and 75.

The rules outline three different games that can be played with this set:

Game No. 1 - The dwarfs are set on the wooden slide in numerical order, starting with the smallest number (Sneezy) at the bottom. The goal is to knock the lowest dwarf off and the others will slide down into position. The player to hit the highest numbered dwarf after seven shots wins that round.

Game No. 2 - Each player gets four shots at the three ring target. The Witch in the center is worth 100 points or 200 if it's a perfectly centered hit. Most points wins.

Game No. 3 - The dwarf targets on the box cover can be used for a game too. Players start by aiming at the 10-point Doc and work their way up. Highest number achieved after seven shots is your score for that round. Bonus points are given for a perfect bull's eye.

Also included were two small papers: A list of games produced by American Toy Works and a note about the use of the wooden stands.

Box measures approximately 13.25" x 19.5".

Images via Twogo Books + Comics, artemisjamie and Hakes
Special thanks to Twogo Books and Comics for providing the photo of the directions.

Friday, January 24, 2014

2012 Online Snow White Paper Doll

A template for a do-it-yourself Snow White paper doll was seen on in 2012.


1. Print out your princess on regular paper or cardstock. Cut out each piece with a craft knife or scissors. Do not cut along the dashed lines -- this is where you will fold the paper.

2. Line up Snow White's back with her torso and glue them together so that the design is now two-sided. After the glue has dried, fold the bottom part of Snow White's torso towards you along the blue dashed line. Then, fold Snow White's face away from you along the red dashed line across her shoulders.

3. Take Snow White's chest piece and fold along each dashed line. Make each fold away from you. Glue the G tab and H tab to the back, white side of Snow White's chest.

4. Spread glue on the F tab of Show White's chest and press it into place on the F area on Snow White's torso. Make sure her shoulders are lined up correctly.

5. After the glue dries, add glue to the I, J, K, and L tabs and press them into place. Hold the pieces together until the glue dries. You may need to use a pen or pencil inside her chest area to position the tabs just right.

6. Fold each of Snow White's arms and glue them so that the design is two-sided. Make sure they are lined up before the glue dries. Attach the arms to each side of Snow White's body under each shoulder by gluing the E tab to the E area and D tab to the D area.

7. Cut slits in the top of the skirt opposite of where you fold each A tab. Fold each of the dashed lines at the top of the skirt and each A tab away from you. Starting from left to right with the yellow side of the skirt facing you, glue each A tab to the back of the skirt piece next to it to create pleats.

8. When you are finished gluing the A tabs you may find it easier to glue the C tab to the inside of the skirt before gluing the final B tab pleat.

9. Finally, attach Snow White's completed torso to her skirt by gluing the white side of the tabs at her waist to the top of the skirt. The ruffle on her skirt should be in front.

Images and instructions copyright

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

1993 Dynamic Snow White Trading Cards

In 1993, Dynamic Marketing (Australia) released a Disney Classics series of trading cards. The base set included 150 cards with scenes from 25 "classic" Disney animated films, from Snow White to The Rescuers Down Under. Snow White was represented in the very first six cards of the set.

Card #1

Card #2

Card #3

Card #4

Card #5

Card #6


A number of different chase cards were randomly inserted into the individual Disney Classics packs. These included 25 Movie Poster sticker cards (that went with a wall poster, purchased separately). Snow White is #2 in the series.




Snow White (#9) and The Wicked Queen (#14) both appear in a set of 15 prismatic foil cards.


One "Limited Series" Gold Card was issued with each collector album. Snow White is #8 in the series of nine cards.

Gold Cards and Album courtesy of valleyartandtreasures.


The Card Album...

A Disney Classics card box. For the complete list of cards and stickers in this collection, see Jeff Allender's House of Checklists.