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Daily Christmas Card (#9)

Get ready for a treat! Virgina Mahoney has started building a virtual Fleischer History Museum online at the Fleischer Studios website.

The first exhibit is now open and its dedicated to “Christmas at Fleischer Studios”. Ginny writes:

“Since Christmas was a special holiday for them… a good time to show off their drawing skills, get together, be crazy, and party! This was a nutty group and this exhibit shows it. To visit the exhibit go to our website – Fleischerstudios.com – Click on the word ‘Museum’ near the top of the page (under Fleischer Studios) This will take you to our museum site– where you can click to enter our first exhibit ‘Christmas’. This is a ‘preview,’ an early look at our first exhibit. We plan to have an Official Museum Opening sometime in January.”

Ginny has posted 86 Fleischer staff Christmas cards, from the likes of Max and Dave Fleischer, Dick Huemer, Shamus Culhane, Al Eugster, Ted Sears, Dave Tendlar and dozens of others. In addition, she’s uploaded rare footage from the 1935 Fleischer Studio Christmas party, and the entire contents (24 pages) of the 1939, 40 and 41 Flipper Club menus and program books. These rare items contain articles by Pinto Colvig, Tedd Pierce and Dan Gordon, and rare artwork by Grim Natwick, Dave Tendlar, Gordon Sheehan and lots of lettering my the mysterious Fleischer/Famous calligrapher (the cover for the 1939 edition – thumbnail below right – gives a credit “Cover design by Arthur Greenbaum”. Is that the mysterious Fleischer lettering genius?).

All-in-all, this is a must-see; An early Christmas present from the Fleischer family to all of us who appreciate the artists behind the great Paramount cartoons.

  • David Breneman

    The Fleischer cards led me to think about how many leading Jewish figures in the entertainment industry used to enthusiastically celebrate Christmas. Jack Benny is another who comes to mind. His Christmas parties were legendary. I’m sure much of it was a desire to fit in with the dominant American culture, but it was practiced in an earnest and unselfconscious way which is totally in contrast to people’s attitudes today. It’s a shame that this holiday, which under its many names and guises stretches back into the mists of time, has in its current form become not a cultural unifier but subject of contention.

  • Burt Stein

    That Christmas card exhibit sounds like a genuine treat! But … is anybody else finding the cards impossible to see onscreen? If not, suggestions for a fix are most welcome. And Happy Holidays to everyone!

  • A few people have said they can’t view the Christmas cards- we’re trying to figure out what the issue is- right now it appears there’s a programming glitch for those using Internet Explorer as a browser- if possible you might try another browser while we work on a fix…. The cards are great, not to be missed…..Ginny Mahoney/Fleischer Studios

  • swac

    I had problems in Internet Explorer and actually viewed the source code to find the URL for the .jpg, and then kept changing the number of the jpg to view the series.

    But then I found it worked fine in Google Chrome. D’oh!

  • To all those who had problems viewing the Christmas cards on the Fleischer Museum site– the problem is now fixed!!! Enjoy….

  • Doug

    If Arthur Greenbaum was indeed The Great Fleischer/Famous Title Card Artist, then one of the great mysteries in animation history has been solved. Now, if this is true, wouldn’t it be even more astonishing if he were discovered to be still with us?