Classic LA Cartoonist Photos

Ward Kimball

Earlier this week, UCLA’s Department of Special Collections unveiled a new searchable website that houses 5,100 hi-res images from the archives of the LA Times and the original Los Angeles Daily News. Most of these images haven’t been seen since they were originally published in the newspapers. I was curious if there were any animation related photos among the collection and I’ve posted my finds below. Bear in mind that the entire archive consists of 3 million photos so the images online represent only a tiny fraction of the collection.

The animation and cartoon-related photos include images of Carl Urbano, Bill Peet, Gus Arriola, Matt Groening, June Foray, Phil Interlandi, Hank Ketcham, a couple Ward Kimball pics (1, 2), some nice shots from the Disney strike of ’41 (1, 2), a few Walt Disney photos I’d never seen before (1, 2, 3), and a Snow White float from the 1938 Rose Parade.

(via LA Observed)


  • http://www.toonsatwar.blogspot.com DisneyDave

    A variation of the 1st Walt Disney photo appeared in LIFE magazine in 1942. I have some background on the photo and how Walt came to be involved in the scrap drive on my blog.

    The Snow White parade float is quite interesting. I have a series of 8×10 b/w publicity photos taken outside the Carthay Theater premiere night. Included are several that show real dwarfs in costume cavorting around several structures including a cottage and one that shows an art display set-up in a garden area beside the theater – on display are original cels, drawings, model sheets, etc.

    I like the strike photos. Do you know if there any plans for a book on the topic?

  • http://blackwingdiaries.blogspot.com Jenny

    I’m glad you did more in depth searching, Amid–and it seems as though the online database is a smidgen of what they must have in those archives…what riches!

  • http://www.otterslide.com Bryon Carson

    Wow, that’s a great find even without the animation related photos. I’m an LA native who can never get enough local history, so this archive is like an early X-Mas present to me. Thanks!

  • Doug N

    In the first of the two strike photos, the woman front right is talking on a cell phone, isn’t she? At least, if the photo was taken yesterday that’s what I’d say. Did the Disney strikers pioneer the use of cellular technology? Could be….

  • http://captainyolk.blogspot.com JBernstein

    4:47 am!!! Geez Amid…..get some sleep!

  • Jenny

    Yep, she’s definitely yakking on the cel in that first strike photo.

    In that same photo the tall dapper gentleman in the center looking at the camera is very familiar…is it Bill Littlejohn?

  • Pedro Nakama

    Tri-X rules!

  • http://thezoo.comicgenesis.com Nate Birch

    Appropriately those are the most professionally done protest signs I’ve ever seen.