Sunday, January 30, 2011

Snow White 1930s Candy Tins from Brussels

Three scarce Snow White tins manufactured by F. Van Rooy Confectionery of Brussels. The candy sample tins feature a vintage-looking Snow White, Doc, and Sleepy, circa late 1930s. Bottom-stamped in Dutch with: 


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Belgian Biscuit Tin - Snow White Bier

Here's another Snow White cookie tin produced in the late 1930s/early 40s by J. Schuybroek. It's quite similar to the one mentioned in the earlier post with same measurements of 20 x 33 x 6.5 cm. Key lock lid. Copyright reads "PAR AUT. WALT. DISNEY--MICKEY MOUSE S.A. ETABL. J. SCHUYBROEK S.A. HOBOKEN--ANVERS."

Front Panel

Rear Panel

Manufacturer Marking

Right Front Corner

Right Side

Left Side

Bottom Stamp

Images courtesy of Danial's Antiques. Used with permission.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Vintage De Beukelaer Snow White "Sticker" Book from Belgium

This 20 page softcover was first published in Belgium by De Beukelaer bakery products company and contains 100 different scene renditions from the Disney film. Each of the color pictures (3.5" x 2") would be obtained separately and then adhered to its corresponding page. The book measures approximately 13.5" x 9.75".

The dominant two languages spoken in Belgium are Dutch and French, so it's not surprising that this title was published separately in both. Same story, same stickers, just different languages.

It seems that numerous editions of the book have been printed. It's possible the earliest was produced concurrent with the original release of the film in 1938. Later editions probably date from the 1950s.

French version (F1) was bound in a reddish-brown softcover and held together with a simple red cord. Another later French edition (F2) was spiral-bound in an orange softcover. A Dutch (D) edition came with a spiral-bound blue softcover.

Front Cover...

French (F1)

French (F2)

Dutch (D)

Title Page...



Page 1...

Page 1 (F1)

Page 1 (D)

Page 2-4...

Page 2 (F2)

Page 3 (F2)

Page 4 (F2)

Page 5...

Page 5 (F2)

Page 5 (D)

More Sample Pages...

Page 9 (D)

Page 11 (F1)

Page 13 (D)

Page 16 (D)

Page 20 (D)

Dutch language image scans courtesy of Leander3. French (F1) images via fmcollectors. French (F2) via sunnyseller2000.

Glue was needed to adhere the thin paper stock "stickers" to the book. Cards measure approximately 2.75" x 2". The backs are numbered and read "Biscuits De Beukelaer" and "By Authority of the Walt Disney Mickey Mouse S.A.".

Card images via Bubble Gum Hall of Fame.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Belgian Biscuit Tin - Snow White with Forest Animals

In the late 1930s and early 40s, the European merchandising for Walt Disney Enterprises made a big splash with Belgian cookie, candy and bakery manufacturers. Numerous collectible tins, books, stickers, and other Snow White items came out of this pre-war era.

Here's one of the several cookie tins that were produced by J. Schuybroek. Measures 20 x 33 x 6.5 cm. Key lock lid. Copyright reads "PAR AUT. WALT. DISNEY--MICKEY MOUSE S.A. ETABL. J. SCHUYBROEK S.A. HOBOKEN--ANVERS."

Front Panel

Rear Panel

Manufacturer Marking

Right Front Corner

Right Side

Left Side

Images courtesy of Danial's Antiques. Used with permission.

Also see the earlier post on the J. Schuybroek "lunch box" tin.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Brian Sibley's Radio Presentation - The Fairest of Them All

Brian Sibley, co-author of the book, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and the Making of the Classic Film, was also the creator of the BBC radio program, Fairest of Them All, which in 1987 marked the movie's 50th anniversary. As with his book, the audio presentation covered in wonderful detail the story of this motion picture and its making. Included are sound bites from the film, Hollywood news reports from the Carthay Circle premiere, interviews and anecdotes from animators and a wealth of other information.

Written and presented by Brian Sibley, the broadcast first aired over 23 years ago on 'Meridian', BBC World Service, December 8, 1987. Now go grab yourself a cup of hot tea, sit back and relax as you listen to this original program in its entirety...

The Fairest of Them All by Brian Sibley
Radio presentation used with permission from the author.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Snow White Flickr Group

Sara "Starberryshyne" is the creator of the Disney's Snow White flickr group--which at the time of this writing has over 2400 shared photos. From cast members to collectibles, if it has to do with Disney's first princess, you can post your pics there.

At the age of ten, Sara was asked to play the part of Snow White in her father's barbershop chorus' "Tribute to Walt Disney" concert...
While I always knew who Snow White was, there was something special to me about "being" her in this play. I really think that's what started my love of Snow White. Later that year my family went to WDW and, I remember loving the Snow White ride. Then in 1987, I was able to see the movie at a theatre on the big screen. I was hooked and a fan for life!

Sara has been fortunate enough to have experienced three different Disney theme parks in the past three years: WDW 2008, DLR 2009, DLP 2010...
So I have ridden the Snow White ride at all of them. Each one is different and yet have similar things. I like Walt Disney World's the best because it tells a more complete story, showing Snow White at the Wishing Well and the prince kissing her for example. But they all are fun! It was strange hearing everything in French at DLP. I do like how the Paris version ends with Snow White on the horse. I really love the murals at all three parks, but I think Disneyland in California has my favorites.

I asked Sara if she has any Snow White collectibles or memorabilia. She said that she does, particularly figurines...
There are so many things that I like from my collection. The Jim Shore and Precious Moments pieces are some of the nicer items. My favorite, though, has to be a piece I received for my 17th birthday--a Schmid music box featuring Snow White and Dopey dancing.

So Sara, just what is the attraction for you to the Snow White character and the Disney film?
I like her first of all because she sees the best in everyone. The way that Snow White is so trusting and loving is much like myself. I can relate to her. Somehow you know that taking an apple from a stranger is bad, but you have this naive trust that all is going to be alright. I also love the fact that Snow White was the "first." The first film, the first princess... Plus Snow White is just so pretty. The black hair with her yellow skirt is very pleasing to look at.

All images are courtesy of Starberryshyne. See loads more of Sara's work and other Snow White photographers at the Disney's Snow White flickr group. And be sure to add your own pics as well!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

8th Dwarf A Little "Creepy" (Book Review)

Front Cover

Writer Michael Mullin is the co-author of the children's picture book series Larry Gets Lost. Michael used to work at Disney as a copywriter in the Consumer Products Division. While there, he wrote not one, but two sequels to Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. He personally met with Tim who approved both books for publication, yet Disney never moved forward with them.

Tim Burton...a fan of Mullin's writing. Keep this in mind as we review Michael's Snow White eBook, 8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf.

Title Page

Written in verse and about 2200 words in length, 8 tells the story of Creepy, who is banished by the other dwarfs to the cottage cellar for being different or as the author puts it "well...weird." The name suits this eighth dwarf as he is indeed a distasteful character and is unlike any of the other seven--even Grumpy. Creepy would never have made it past one of Walt Disney's storyboard meetings.

Yet, in this account, the angry and hurt dwarf plays a vital--and of course previously unknown--role in Snow White's destiny. Watching the princess through cracks in the floorboards, Creepy secretly falls in love with "the Maid". As with the original Brothers Grimm tale, the "old hag" pays three visits to the cottage, and it's during these encounters that the eighth dwarf (sort of) overcomes his "unpleasant" tendencies when he goes to her aid.

This short metrically-structured fable certainly has a different, edgier feel to it than that of the classic fairytale. And if you are a die-hard Disney "pretty in pink" princess fan, it's probably not what you're looking for. I found it disturbing at moments. Yet fresh and original too. The story is well-written, and if the Tim Burton-esque is more your style, then you won't be disappointed with Michael Mullin's 8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf.

The eBook is available for just 99¢ at: Apple's iBookstore,,, Diesel ebooks,, and

Currently, Michael is working on a wholly original fairytale called The Brothers Eek (longer, non-verse). He's looking to self-publish it as an actual hard copy book where 8 will be included as a bonus story.