Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Monday, February 21, 2022
Japan is one of the few countries to release Alice several years after its premiere, 1953 to be exact. But that doesn't mean they did not have RKO promotional material. This is one such item, an eight-page program - and one that I had never seen before until recently.
Original release items from Japan are quite difficult to come by, so I was thrilled to acquire this piece. And I was surprised at how large it is, fully 8 1/2" x 12", which corresponds (most closely) with the standard size kiku 4.
The cover features some art we've seen before, that of the "Up to the Minute News" sheet of legal-sized paper I wrote about here, with an inset of Alice and the Broom Dog from the Tulgey Wood. Even in 1953 the Japanese were ahead of their time highlighting unusual characters.
The remainder of the program (90% in Japanese) features character blurbs with photos of the actors, and a synopsis of the story with song lyrics to boot. All in all a fabulous piece.
Thursday, February 3, 2022
There's been a lot of activity here in the Tulgey Wood these past few weeks. Work has been creeping along to get the collection room back into shape, and that means that I've been through every storage bin and portfolio as we decide what stays and what goes. We've also started using the gargantuan flat file we purchased about 5 years ago, now as a staging area and eventually as a final home for some of the larger paper thing like posters and large art.
To that end, I've uncovered some art that hasn't seen the light of day in quite some time, including this wonderful painted storyboard of Alice entering the front door of the White Rabbit's house in search of his gloves. It is unclear who the artist is, way back in the 1990s it was shopped around as Mary Blair, but I'm not sure about that. Regardless it is a great piece with lots of very nice details. I especially love the rabbit family portrait headed up the stairs.