Wednesday, August 23, 2023
Wednesday, July 19, 2023
Good-Win (Strome & Co Ltd) of London, England was a manufacturer of games and puzzles in the early to mid-twentieth century. While I have been unable to find much information on this company, they appear to have primarily made dominoes, jigsaw puzzles, and a few other games as well. The parent company of Strome & Co. does appear in the catalog for the British Industries Fair from 1947 as a maker of a variety of toys and games.
To date only one Disney series has been identified from Good-Win, a series of three Paint Your Own Figures sets featuring ceramic pieces manufactured by Weetman. These date from 1952 or earlier based on the characters available: Mickey & Donald, Tweedle Dee & the Mad Hatter, and Flower & Thumper. It is possible that other items exist since the box for this item pictures additional Disney characters from Cinderella, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Pluto, and the Three Little Pigs.
All items by Good-Win carry their logo of a boy crossing the finish line of a track race with the words Good-Win Reg Trade Mark.
The Paint Your Own Walt Disney Figures in Pottery set for Alice appears to have been made at the time of the film’s release in the UK, 1951 or 1952 at the latest. A hand-written price on the label of 6/3 equates to about $0.88 in 1951, and $14.14 in today’s dollars.
The set for Alice contains figures for the Mad hatter and Tweedle Dee, as identified by the label on the bottom of the box. The contents consist of one each of the small white ware figures manufactured by Weetman, with a paint brush, tray, and four tubes of paint. An instruction sheet is also included, with some advice on how to glaze the figures with some sort of varnish when you are happy with your results - varnish not included of course.
Monday, June 19, 2023
From their series of Disney coloring books “¡Ven a Pintar!” this is the fourth in the series, featuring Alice. Consisting of 16 large pages to color or paint, the line art is quite good and appears to be either copies of or redrawn from the Whitman Paint Book.
I've seen Alice depicted with the pink pinafore and stockings a few time from South American countries, but have never been able to figure out why.
Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Previously we've seen serialized adaptations of the Alice film in comic strips and magazine from the US, the UK, Turkey, and Belgium. It turns out there is another, also based on the Belgian Mickey Magazine adaptation, that appeared in a weekly women's magazine in the Netherlands.
Published from 1938 through the current day, Margriet ran a serialized adaptation in Dutch from December 22, 1951 to April 19, 1952. While almost exactly the same as their Belgian counterparts, the individual installments do have one unique feature: color scheme. Each issue (at this time anyway) is two-tone, but the non-black color varies from issue to issue, being one of green, red, or yellow.