The second view is from Town Square with Mickey Mouse Club Merchandise in the windows.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
(Based upon the comments received from the readers, I have corrected and updated the posting. Thanks everyone!)
The first image is of Herb Sorrel who was the leader of the strike. He was a studio painter who was influenced by Australian-American labor organizer Harry Bridges. Herb would later lead the bloodiest strike in Hollywood history with Combined Screen Unions in 1945 and the infamous Black Friday on October 5, 1945 when strikers and Warner Brothers Studio clashed.
The next image is actor and screen writer John Gleason. Best known for his New York characters, being nominated for an Academy Award for playing boxing manager Max "Pop" Corkle in the film Here Comes Mr. Jordan.
I love this image and should have placed it next to the effigy of Gunther Lessing in the guillotine. This is the procession marching the guillotine to its location. I love the dramatic look and feel of this procession.
And to add a little background, a handout from the strikers describing the reason for the strike.
I would like to once again Bob Cowan (firstname.lastname@example.org) for sharing the images with me and my readers. To see more of his collection, head to Didier Ghez's Disney History blog.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
The next two images are of the soup kitchen. The tables were constructed by the Warner Brothers Carpentry department and staffed by members of the Coral Room and Disney Studio Restaurant. It was set up in a nice shady grove right across the street from the Walt Disney Studios. The man in the center of the second image is of Herb Sorrell who was one of the strike leaders from the Union. Walt was convinced Herb was a full fledged communist out to destroy the United States.
The photographs are some of the earliest from an animator who left after the strike and became a famous photographer. The animator Kosti Ruohomaa returned home to New England and took photographs of the landscape of New England with a special interest in Maine. He eventually earned the nickname the Ansel Adams of New England.
Once again I would like to thank Bob Cowan (email@example.com) for his generosity in sharing these images. And thanks to all who wrote comments. Look for some more documents and a couple of images tomorrow from this collection.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
The second image is of an effigy. It may be of Walt or of Gunther Lessing the Disney legal rep.
The next image shows a great picket sign featuring Walt caricatured as the Reluctant Dragon.
The fourth image shows a great Jiminy Cricket sign. The anti-strike sign hanging off the studio building is interesting.
I would like to thank Bob Cowan (RCowan@mywdo.com) for letting me post the images. I will post some more images tomorrow.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Just to add to today's post, a publicity shot of Walt Disney from the opening of a Television show.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
The faux restaurant at Fowlers Harbor is Maurie's Lobster Dinners named after Admiral Joe Fowler's wife.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
The next image is of the Minneapolis Club at the Studio with a large Charlotte Clark Minnie Mouse doll.
The next two photographs are of a Studio picnic at Griffith Park. The first photograph is marked Griffith Park 1938 Helen Nerbovig and Faith Rookus.
And this is marked Betty Underhill
A couple of more shots of the Patio at the studio. The first is captioned Patio Betty Ann Gunther.
And the caption on this one is Ruth Pardner in white.
One more shot outside. The original owner taped the two photos together. The caption on this one is Marguerite Jate, Minette, Phyllis Bounds Walt Disney's Niece, Doris, Ann, Patio at Disneys about 1938.
One of the readers has a similar but much more spectacular scrapbook kept by Ingeborg Willy. The reader has made the scrapbook available as a blurb book. The book is filled not only with pictures of her fellow employees, but also original sketches, memo's, timing sheets and more. Here is the link, I recommend it if you are interested in the history of the Walt Disney Studio in the late 1930's. Working For Disney 1936-1937
Friday, April 18, 2008
Sorry for the little stitch glitch in the middle of the long brochure image.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Breathtaking Battle- Disneyland dinosaurs Battle atop a volcanic mountain in this three-dimensional scene from 100-million years ago. The most feared of all, Tyrannosaurus Rex, shakes his massive tooth-filled head at a smaller Stegosauraus who makes up for his lack of size with two brains, armor plates and a death-dealing tail. They are among 46 huge "Audio-Animatronic" creatures in Disneyland's new "Primeval World" seen by passengers aboard the Santa Fe and Disneyland Railroad.
The Dawn of History is Now- Huge Brontosaurus herds like this roamed the earth 200-million years ago. Now Walt Disney brings them back to life in full-size, three-dimensional realism through art of "Audio-Animatronics". These are among 46 famous dinosaurs and other pre-historic creatures seen in Disneyland's new "Primeval World" along the Santa Fe and Disneyland Railroad.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
The next two images show the actual race on Main Street. Some nice details in the background on the first one including a Monorail and Submarine Voyage poster up at the Opera House.
I like the observer in the background wearing his train conductors hat. And the crowd is really getting into the race. I believe the pancake had to be flipped high enough to pass over the ribbon strung across the street. This must have been quite the competitive sport back in the day. I am sure these ladies had special trainers and diets to compete.
Here is a winner from 1960 receiving her $100 check for winning the California race. I believe the two gentleman are from Quaker Oats. According the official web page for Aunt Jemima, Aylene Lewis was the actress who portrayed Aunt Jemima at Disneyland.
Monday, April 14, 2008
The next two show some of the competitors practicing back stage. On my permanent want list is one of the aprons and one of the frying pans they are using to flip the pancakes.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
The second is an image of the exhibit sign, designed to look like and in the same colors the Pendleton label on their famous Native American blankets.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
The next image shows the paints, the brushes and the cels in a nicely composed still life.
The final two are some of my favorite photos from the album. The iconic Mickey Mouse sign, taken from the view inside the studio. I wonder why Disney did not move the sign to the new studio in Burbank?