Thursday, January 14, 2010

Mickey and Minnie: Disney Blocks

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Blocks: Antique Toy Blocks
6” x 8” acrylic on gessoed board unframed $175 with free shipping in US and Canada
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These are two blocks from the Disney toy blocks set made in the 1930’s. I’ve painted them here in great detail as they might have looked when they were new. The wooden blocks came in sets usually of 24 and included Walt Disney characters with alphabet letters and picture/word objects such as the bicycle shown in this painting. Wooden alphabet blocks were first made in the USA by The Embossing Company of Albany, New York, but I think the Disney blocks were made later by Halsam Company of Chicago, Illinois that bought out The Embossing Company. For those old-timers who remember these blocks from childhood they have special memories but looking at them today they have a kind of classic quality of shapes and colors that symbolize that long ago period of time.

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