Disney Rejection Letter, 1938

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    This letter originally belonged to my grandmother. After she passed away we discovered it and were surprised at how well it was preserved for being nearly 70 years old.

    The letter speaks for itself and it remarkable to note how times have changed since then.

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    1. amyblog 55 months ago | reply

      yes, the witch as the bottom fit the mood perfectly.
      interesting artifact for sure. thanks for sharing it!

    2. gerbilblog 46 months ago | reply

      Is it signed by Mary? As in, a woman?????

    3. novie2009 44 months ago | reply

      Couple things stand out to me about this amazing letter........first....where is Mickey Mouse as their major Icon.....and..1938......remember women have only been allowed to vote for 18 years and didn't really enter the workforce until world war 2, and then only out of necessity because of shortage of men who were off fighting the war.....

      Thank God times have changed..

    4. StellaTex 44 months ago | reply

      And the letter is from a woman.

    5. la_v_i_k_a 43 months ago | reply

      Adult daughter and several friends could not find any but white princesses in Disneyland store... astounded that none of the female characters of color were available. Things change...they metamorphose, it seems.

    6. Jamesmikezr 37 months ago | reply

      Why is this hard to believe? Dorothy Ann Blank was a story writer for Snow White. And Pinocchio in 1940 had female credits as animators as well. Plus the paper is suspiciously new.

    7. la_v_i_k_a 36 months ago | reply

      For Dorothy Ann Blank, that appears to be "all she wrote." Lends credence to a policy of exclusion.

    8. Dave Delaney 36 months ago | reply

      Fascinating! Thanks for sharing.

    9. PGanguly 31 months ago | reply

      YES I AM Prasenjit ganguly Thanks all INDIAN for FESTIVE OF DURGA PUJA

    10. C_Oliver 30 months ago | reply

      Yeah, it's an utterly wrong mindset.

      But I *still* think 'Fantasia', '101 Dalmatians' and 'The Lion King' are 3 of the greatest ever animated features (and this despite being a liberal).

    11. SarahJeanPhoto 22 months ago | reply

      Did she ever work for Disney??

    12. Eaton Photography 14 months ago | reply

      And to think....Disney was one of the first corps to give benefits to domestic partners and in 1995 same sex partners. SUCH GOOD BENEFITS TOO!

    13. Fae Florelle 12 months ago | reply

      So, what sort of life did your grandma lead?

    14. mhmcfee 12 months ago | reply

      Young = more likely to be childless and un-married. It was largely expected that once married and with child you'd quit and they'd hire another just like you.

    15. Diego Patagónico 10 months ago | reply

      The one that wrote that letter must have been a jerk..

    16. checkmhbp 3 months ago | reply

      Interesting that the letter was written on a Saturday.. Why would someone come in on a Saturday to bang out rejection letters.. seems weird..

    17. the librarian1 3 months ago | reply

      Didn't "Snow White" come out in 1939? Given the secrecy around the Disney projects, I can't imagine them using a coming movie still as stationery.

    18. june.cotter 3 months ago | reply

      Actually it came out in 1937.

    19. pscottcummins 3 months ago | reply

      Interesting, since my wife's Grandmother worked as an animator in Hollywood (Warner Bros. Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera Productions, and was at Disney from 1952 until her retirement in 1966). She trained as a commercial artist and photographer in Minneapolis, and then went to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams, which she did with gusto working on many of the classic cartoon series in the 30's and 40's, and after that the great Disney animated features. She was a friend of Walt, and retired the year after he passed away. In some ways, after Walt passed, the work was not the same for her. The records are all there in the Disney archives. I'd like to see Meryl Streep keep in mind that one letter does not an historical conclusion draw.

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