Sunday, August 12, 2007

Sunday Evening Ebay-ing

A whole host of Little Golden Records have been listed on Ebay this week. The seller has evidently come into a handsome collection of vintage Disney Golden books and records that are in good condition, so I encourage you to take a look (pictures are borrowed from the seller's listings). The first is a Cinderella Little Golden Record from 1950 and the second is a Peter Pan Little Golden Record from 1952. Other records include Snow White, Pinocchio, Darby O'Gill and the Little People, and Babes in Toyland. These records are 1st Editions that I believe are actually made of yellow vinyl (hence the name Golden Records). Of course I don't know many people who still have record players or the special little record players used to play these miniature disks, but the cover illustrations are what really caught my eye.

As I've noticed, many illustrators have an enthusiasm for the books and records that Golden put out during the 1940's - 1960's. Many of the illustrations are reminiscent of the original concept and storyboard paintings. The quality is really unparalleled and it can be hard to find many of these illustrations anywhere else. Thankfully, some of these beautiful illustrations are available in Golden Books for a nominal cost on Ebay. Of course, I have a handful of these books from my childhood still, but none dating back to the 1950's.

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