Tuesday, January 31, 2017

1990s Snow White Travel Case

A child's travel or doll case. Made of plastic. Features Snow White artwork that was introduced during the motion picture's 1993 re-release campaign. Zipper closure. Outside pocket on rear. Two interior pockets and four elastic straps. Case measures 13.5" high x 16" wide and 6" deep.

Images via Bentleysshop.

Doll Carrying Case from Ideal

A round vinyl carrying case for dolls manufactured by Ideal Toy Corporation, circa 1960s. The stylized illustration of the Snow White characters on the lid include a blond Prince. Case measures 10.5" diameter x 3.5" deep.

Images via barbie_lemondrop.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Spanish Snow White Movie Posters

While many of the European premieres of Snow White occurred in 1938, Blancanieves y los 7 Enanitos would be delayed almost three years because of the Spanish Civil War, followed by the start of World War II.

Theatrical releases and distributors:
  • 1941 Filmofono premiere (soundtrack recorded in Los Angeles)
  • 1952 RKO re-release
  • 1964 Filmax (soundtrack redub, recorded in Mexico City)
  • 1975 Filmayer
  • 1983 Filmayer
  • 1992 Warner Bros.

1941 premiere. Filmofono, Spanish one-sheet, approximately 27" x 41" (70 x 100 cm). Design by López Réiz. Note the spelling of Snow White on early posters was Blanca Nieves. In later years, it would morph into Blancanieves.

1941 premiere. Filmofono, folded small format poster, approximately 13" x 17" (33 x 43 cm). Design by López Réiz.

1941 premiere. Filmofono, horizontal one-sheets, approximately 27" x 41" (70 x 100 cm). Two more designs by López Réiz.

Images via Cine y Propaganda.

R-1952. RKO, 27" x 41" (70 x 100 cm). Printed by I. G. Viladot, S. I. Barcelona.

R-1964. Filmax, folded 27" x 39". Printed by I.G. Mari, S.A. of Barcelona.

Images via Heritage Auctions. Sold for $537.75 in December 2008.

R-1975. Filmayer, approximately 27" x 39" (70 x 99 cm).

Image courtesy of Nunziante Valoroso.

R-1983. Filmayer, rolled 27" x 39" (70 x 99 cm). Walt Disney Company 60th anniversary logo in upper left corner.

R-1992 Warner Bros, rolled 27" x 39" (70 x 99 cm).

Also see Snow White handbills from Spain, lobby cards from Mexico, and posters from Argentina.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Snow White Stationary Box from Spain

A vintage Snow White stationary box issued in Spain. Dates from the late 1930s or early '40s. Measures 5" x 6.5" (12 x 16 cm). Lid features the classic cast portrait designed by Gustaf Tenggren. Unfortunately, the original stationary inside is long gone.

Images via dondonald.

1938 Snow White Stationary

Snow White stationary from 1938; "© W.D. ENT." Twelve assorted sheets with envelopes, pictured here (in two different photos) unopened in the original cellophane wrapper. Packet measures 5.25" x 8". Individual sheets 4.875" x 7.75". Manufactured by White & Wyckoff.

Image via sunnyseller2000 + Van Eaton Galleries.

An example of one of the sheets, written to "Aunt May" and dated December 30, 1938.

Image via chuckrab6nzd.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Disney Company 75th Anniversary Knickerbocker Dolls

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Disney Company (1923-1998), a Snow White reproduction of the popular 1938 composition doll by the Knickerbocker Toy Company was released. Made of fine porcelain. Hand-painted. Fully jointed and recreated with the same characteristics as the original, such as the signature bend in her left elbow and sculptured hair. Measures approximately 15" tall. The special back-stamped doll was only available during the anniversary celebration period from September 1998 through March 1999. Limited edition. Original retail $155.

A 9" porcelain Dopey and Grumpy were also produced. Retail $85 each.

The three were listed in the summer 1999 Disney Catalog, p.63.

Catalog scan courtesy of 1937fan of Whistle While We Blog.

Jerri McCloud 1983 Snow White Porcelain Doll Set

A series of ten Snow White dolls were produced by artist Jerri McCloud in 1983. The Princess, the Evil Queen, and Prince are hand painted and made of all porcelain bisque heads and five-piece jointed bisque bodies, arms, and legs. They also have glass eyes and human hair wigs. The dolls are fairly heavy, about five pounds. Each measures approximately 20" tall, is hand-numbered, and signed by the artist. Marketed by the Dolls by Jerri / Walt Disney Collection line.

Each doll contains both Jerri and Disney imprints. Lifting the hat off of this Grumpy head, we see the artist signature, plus the copyright markings and a date of 1983.

Snow White (WD2-1). Iconic dress with taffeta ornamentation, satin collar, velvet cloak with crimson taffeta lining, ribbon and simulated diamond, leather shoes with bows. Original wooden stand.

The dolls would be produced for several years. This one is signed and dated from 1984.

Another example from 1985.

The Evil Queen (WD2-2). She wears a satin purple gown with a black cape. The collar contains bendable metal stiffeners. A heavy gold plated necklace hangs around her neck, and a jeweled crown sits upon her head. [The magic mirror pictured below was not a part of this doll series.]

Queen images via disney.htf.collectibles.

The Prince (WD2-10). Costumed in fitted tights, shirt, velour tunic with leather belt, velour cape and suede boots.

The Seven Dwarfs round out the collection with porcelain bisque heads, hands, and feet, but they have cloth bodies for easy posing. Each is about 12" high. Their eyes are painted and the beards are fashioned from fine wool. Hoods, clothing, and shoes are of velvet or velour with leather belts.

Two different tags have been seen on the dolls. The oval-shaped design may be the earliest releases. It was attached to a Sneezy, a number two out of 1,000. Many of the later dolls have rectangular tags.

Bashful (WD2-3).

Doc (WD2-4) + Dopey (WD2-5).

Grumpy (WD2-6) + Happy (WD2-7).

Sleepy (WD2-8) + Sneezy (WD2-9).

Included with the dolls was a booklet with images and information on each, plus a B+W glossy photo (4.5" x 6.5")

It appears that the first group of dolls to be released were limited to 1000, as noted in the Certificate of Authenticity below. Yet, that number may have been increased as other dolls are said to have been limited to 1500.

The box measures 21" in length. Egg crate foam protected the dolls.