Over the years I've been very successful in finding model sheets of many of the characters from the film, including some very odd ones indeed. And as one might expect, there were several of Alice herself. But for the past 32 years one of the Alice sheets has eluded me, but no longer! Sheet 250-7 is finally in the collection!
Monday, August 30, 2021
Thursday, August 12, 2021
This is truly spectacular. This is a copy of the Sunday News, the Sunday supplement of the New York Daily News from September 9, 1951. That in and of itself is not that spectacular, even though it does have a very nice cover featuring Anne Francis of Forbidden Planet and Honey West fame.
No, the spectacular part is on the very next page, the inside front cover to be exact, which sports - in glorious full-color rotogravure - an amazing photo of Kathryn Beaumont speaking animatedly to her Wonderland friends in doll form. I do find it amusing that whoever wrote the caption got the two rabbits mixed up.
These dolls have appeared before in several black and white photos, and while it is never clear what exactly they are, it now seems UN-likely that they are Lars of Italy (thanks to the keen eye of uber collector Mel Birkrant). They could be custom made just for the studio or even by the studio, but regardless, this is just an amazing image. And a rare full color image from the time.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Yes, that's right, the world premiere was 2 days before the US premiere. Walt was doing a big push in the UK what with having so many productions active over there using up money in limbo. So a great excuse for a big 'do across the pond. But that doesn't mean interesting things didn't happen back here in the US. Here are two items that are favorites in the collection, both have been posted before, but I think they deserve another day in the spotlight. First up is a press preview ticket for the film, a full month before the premiere!
Next is a studio preview ticket, for 2 weeks before the premiere. Again, the only reason this survived is they didn't go! Which I find hard to believe. Wouldn't you go to a preview of the most hotly anticipated film from the studio in ages if you could?
Monday, July 26, 2021
I would be very remiss indeed if I let today go by without a post, it's not everyday one turns 70 after all! Today we have a copy of the UK Photoplay magazine from August 1951, with a cover of Esther Williams looking quite fetching. But the real gold is inside.