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New Book: Working for Disney

Working for Disney

On his blog, Didier Ghez points out an interesting-sounding book that was self-published a few days ago: Working for Disney: 1936-1937, The Ingeborg Willy Scrapbook. This is the description of it:

Reproduction of a 1936 scrapbook made during Ingeborg Willy’s first year working as an inker for the Walt Disney Studios. The scrapbook contains numerous photos of other Disney employees, internal memos, production work sheets, and a large number of original pencil sketches from the first feature-length animated film, Snow White, and other early Disney cartoons.

I’m going to wait to hear more before recommending it though. As is often the case with self-published books like this, the quality of image reproduction and presentation could leave a lot to be desired. The amateurish cover design certainly doesn’t do much to inspire confidence. But it could potentially be a very cool book.

  • Tom Pope

    Snow White’s lookin’ a little chunky.

  • Could be interesting. Disney geeks love this kind of stuff. A friend of mine had some documents from fifties Disney that included a menu from the studio commissary. Sure brought back some good memories. You could have lunch for under a dollar.

  • Jenny Lerew

    I’ve just ordered it and we’ll see.
    It’s listed as 200 pages, but it’s only 8×10, which concerns me a bit as reproductions of things such as memos, etc that were originally larger than that and were probably pasted into a much larger format scrapbook might well, as you say, be less than well reproduced. It’s a not inconsiderable sum to spend blind but again, we’ll see and here’s hoping it’s good.

  • If you click on book preview, you can see a low resolution PDF of the first fifteen pages.

  • Jenny Lerew

    Thanks-I’d completely missed the “book preview” function and just went back and tried it. I’m convinced now that the book will be worth it, if only for the great detail in Ms. Willy’s photographs. These have got to be the most extensive personal record anywhere of what Hyperion looked like in its heyday, judging from what’s shown. Pretty exciting for would-be time travelers like myself.

  • greg m.

    Time travellers like US, Jenny! Some of you may be lucky enough to see me in Ingeborgs photos if you go the preview of the pages in the next days, as I will go back and temporarily join in the photos as they are taken. I will not make it into the final published book though – so hurry!

  • Anne

    Just watch out that you don’t alter the fabric of space/time, greg m! If I wake up in a parallel universe with two heads, I’ll know who to blame… :P

  • This drawing looks as thought it was a Clean up of a Rotoscope tracing.

  • Matterhorn1959 who runs the blog Stuff From the Parks has posted many great images of women from Disney’s Ink and Paint Department taken on the grounds of the old Hyperion Studio. He posted several photographs on succeeding Saturdays that were in a scrapbook he bought belonging to one of the Ink and Paint employees.

    Floyd is right – this Disney geek loves this type of 1930s and 1940s stuff!

  • Marty M.

    Hello Anne,

    I received a letter postmarked from 1937, from a Greg M. (no relation) who asked that I post this to you:

    “Hi Anne, I was careful not to leave a trace of my presence here – all is safe. Hey, that Walt is a crack up! I sat in on a story session for Pinocchio – HE’S GOOD!! Later I tried to pitch him “Atlantis” and “Treasure Planet” and he chucked me out of his office!