I have very little luck finding Disney memorabilia at thrift stores
in my neighbourhood, fortunately for me, my sister finds me great
She gave me this as a present, and wow, how cool!
22, 1956, Saturday Evening Post with an article about "Disney: Birth
of Snow White". Since I don't collect for the monetary value of things,
the condition of this magazine is of no concern to me. The article
inside is intact and that is what counts.
The article is
written by Diane Disney Miller (as told to Pete Martin) and is actually
Part VI of a series. This part referred to as "Disney's Folly". The
following magazine would have had an article in it called "The Mouse at
War". There were 8 articles in all.
The starting page of the article looks like this:
Here are close ups.
The caption beside this photo says "
Walt, who often pretends he's overlooked as the only male in the house
sneaks a snack for Lady, the family's French poodle, just after getting
home from work.
One thing that stands out to me about this
article is the length of it. Today's magazines have such brief articles
without much real information in them, this article is quite lengthy and
very informative. I thought about typing it out here but it is much too
One nice thing is that the article has some of Diane
Disney Miller's recollections in it. "When my younger sister, Sharon and
I grew old enough to hang onto a steering wheel and shift a gear, we
learned to drive by driving Dad's car around the studio lot while he
was roving inside the buildings. I was practicing backing up in the
studio parking lot one day when I backed over a water pip and a geyser
gushed up." She goes on to say how understanding he was "We'll come and
get the car and take care of everything".
It article goes on at
length about Snow White, the innovations, the time and the cost. One
part I liked that I didn't know "Of the seven dwarfs, Dopey turned out to
be the public's favorite. He was always trailing aimlessly behind the
others, and he couldn't talk. the dwarf named Happy explained Dopey's
speechlessness by saying, "He just never tried." But the real reason he
couldn't talk was that Dad couldn't find a voice he thought suitable for
Did you know that on its first time around the world,
Snow White grossed $8,000,000!!! At the time the article was written,
that number had reached $15,000,000, a heck of a lot of money in 1956.
money from Snow White let Walt and Roy build their movie and animation
studio. Again, to quote the article: "The new studio housed 1500
employees. There were 100 students in the Disney training school alone
a school that had grown from a class of twenty in 1933. In effect, it
trained artists for the entire cartoon industry; as nearly as Dad can
figure it, 90 percent of all cartoon artists now in the business
wherever they work came out of his training school."
piece of history that my sister found in a garage sale, she said the
magazine was dusty and so was the little old lady who was selling it!
Editor's note: Gaylin's article reminded me that I have several issues from this series in my attic somewhere. When I find these, I will be sure to share them here.-Nick