Friday, November 18, 2011

Merry Christmas!

1932 Christmas Card
Drawn by Seymour Kneitel in 1932 while he was working at Fleischer Studios, this Christmas card celebrates not only Christmas but the impending birth of Seymour and Ruth’s first child, son Tommy, born January, 28,1933. Animation staffers exchanged these unique personalized cards for Christmas, weddings, surgeries, and any number of other events!  Exchanging these personalized Christmas cards was a wide spread practice at the studio.

Shown here is the original art for the card as well as the final card. These cards were usually printed with only one color ink, usually black, and color was added by hand. Also, there was usually a space left on the card to personally fill in the name of the recipent.

Collection of Virginia Mahoney