What I’m reading this weekend

(Thanks for the loan, Mike Van Eaton)


  • Gerard de Souza

    A prop? Used for titles?

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Oh god I hope you’re not reading “Tom Thumb”, Jerry! :-)

  • http://www.michaelspornanimation.com/splog/ Michael Sporn

    What is that book? It looks like some kind of press item produced by Celebrity Pictures back in 1934. I can’t imagine how much it would sell for; is it available from Van Eaton? Is there a link?

  • Fleischer Fan

    More information, Jerry! Where did this book come from?

  • http://richardsmithstudios.webs.com/ Richard

    Are you reading “The Queen of Hearts”?

  • http://www.segaltoons.com Steve Segal

    It’s too bad the ComiColor series couldn’t recreate the rainbow title.

  • http://youtube.com/user/Mesterius1 Mesterius

    Wait, wait! I’ve got it now! “Cartoon” could also mean “comic strip” (the terms were used more loosely back then). This must be Ub Iwerks’ comic strip adaptation of one of his film cartoons, written and drawn by him single-handedly. Right? Right?

  • http://www.classicparamountcartoons.blogspot.com ParamountCartoons

    Oh boy the original opening credits to “Dick Whittington’s Cat” and “Happy Days” (not the TV show).

    Hey, wait a mintue….this doesn’t credit Carl Stalling.

    Are you sure it’s an antique used for opening credits?

  • http://www.classicparamountcartoons.blogspot.com ParamountCartoons

    I think you should own a cel of the Famous Studios Paramount logos

  • Justin

    Wow, that’s awesome! Where did you get that?

  • Loco the Clown

    I’m green with envy.

  • Stuart

    We will assume all pages have double emulsion!

  • Skip

    Wow, your house has got to be the second best animation museum in the world. The first being the Walt Disney Family Museum of corse.

  • http://www.cartoonresearch.com Jerry Beck

    Mike Van Eaton acquired this prop book, which was indeed used in the opening credits for the Iwerks short THE QUEEN OF HEARTS (1934). I thank him for letting me touch it.

    Van Eaton, who is both a collector and an art dealer, isn’t sure if he going to offer it for sale, but he’s certainly open to hearing from anyone interested in it. His contact info is on his website: http://www.vegalleries.com/

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Glad to know which cartoon this was from, and great for Mike to have kept this well in his collection! That was still wickedly cool to see!

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Now all that is need is for you to appear on the reverse side of his photo with the back cover of the book (if there’s anything printed on back just like in that cartoon), then the cycle can be complete!

    • Paul N

      Isn’t this the kind of thing that is handled while wearing cotton gloves at this point in its existence? Not judging, just curious…

  • http://artnote.blog.com Stephen

    So cool but, from my days working at a museum, you should really be wearing gloves.

  • http://bakertoons.blogspot.com/ Charles Brubaker

    Nice to know that some of these things still survive.

    I’m guessing that the title and credits are in the inside pages?

  • Fleischer Fan

    Okay. So now I’m curious – was there anything printed on the interior pages or were they all blank?

  • Anthony Zart

    Oh wow… what’s IN it??

  • Jonathan

    Awesome find Jerry!

  • http://www.arielvillaverde.com Ariel

    Wow.. the book’s really AGED! (*Haha) I just viewed this short on Youtube ;)

    Thanks for the post Jerry. Hope you enjoyed the prop!

  • Pez

    I want dat

  • Pez

    Question? when the book closes at the end of Comicolor – The Queen of Hearts. was that a different book used to accomplish that shot?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=ETZT69NHPOA#t=474s

  • http://vegalleries.com Mike Van Eaton

    Same book…the Closing titles are on the back, but look as though they were wiped away for some reason…maybe it is just age..that part of the book could have been rubbing against something else while stored.

  • http://www.warnerart.com eric

    That is just insanely cool. I love that stuff like this actually survived all these years. WOW!!!!