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Your Charm article about Disney

Below is an early-1940s article from a magazine called Your Charm, a young woman’s magazine alone the lines of Mademoiselle. Forgive the quality of the quick-and-dirty digital photo and the fact that the piece is incomplete. But I couldn’t resist documenting this sentence in the article: “By this same token you probably find more crabbing there than in any other business in town. It runs the gamut of from why is Fred the gardener planting all that alfalfa to what does Walt want to make that story for!” I guess some things in animation never change. This caption on the second page is also a classic: “Frequent sketching trips to the nearby zoos and the surrounding countryside are conducive to romance for young Disney artists.”

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  • Are there going to be better photos or scans of this piece soon?

  • amid

    wysiwyg unless somebody has better scans.

  • I love “Stokisaurus”!

  • Man, I sure do wish Walt was around. I feel that sometimes Disney has lost the essence of what it was created for. I love their movies, that`s for sure. But the heart of it all has sometimes been lost,

  • Jo

    “The first girl to make the coveted grade of animator is young and blond Retta Scott!” Hee hee! A lot of this copy reads like a “Girls ‘N’ Giggles” pulp magazine. I wonder if the media sexed up the image of animators in this country, would there be more audience for animation? “Say hello to Ginger, Queen of the Tween! Do we ever wish we could be on her Exposure Sheet! Yowza!”

  • greg manwaring

    Good to see ole’ T.Hee there!

  • doug holverson

    Guessing that the happy skeleton was one of Mr. Kimball’s gags.

  • Floyd Norman

    Just look at those crazy kids! Yeah, it’s true. The Walt Disney Studio was once a fun place to work. Think maybe it could be that way again?


  • Conducive to romance? Walt Kelly’s widow (the late Margaret Selby Kelly) wrote in a 1980s Pogo compilation that when she and Walt were formally introduced to each other, he remembered that she had worked at Disney’s in the early 1940s when he also worked there, and that he had often seen her in the parking lot. And seeing her in the parking lot was ALL he was allowed to do, according to Selby, because at the time Disney had a strict rule forbidding male and female employees from fraternizing with each other, violation of which would result in dismissal.

    Of course, Selby’s memory could well have been off, because Ollie Johnston married a Disney ink-and-paint employee in 1943. Or maybe the Nine Old Men had special privileges :)

  • John Musker

    That’s Joe Grant in the foreground of the photo with T. Hee. That appears to be Frank Thomas sketching at the Zoo ( with Retta Scott?)

  • Well, we’re not at Disney, but this is how my sweetheart, a layout boy, and I got together. *grin*