Inspired by a fellow retro fan, I went and bought Christmas Cards to send to people this weekend. I waded through boxes of cards until I finally found ones I thought were decent. Then this morning I go and visit Hake’s and right there, on the front page, is a the most perfect card in the world. A very rare Walt Disney Studios Christmas Card from 1932. Now why doesn’t Disney reprint this design? It would be an instant holiday classic. Oh well, I guess if they did it would not be as rare and wonderful.
About the Card
Sadly this Walt Disney Studios Christmas Card is no longer available. This is just the third Christmas card issued by the Studio. The first being issued in 1930. It is a 4.75×8.75” mailer card on textured paper opens to 8.75×11.5”. As folded/mailed, the front has a postmark and inked address of “Colonial Theater Allentown, Pa.” The opposite side as folded has an attached 1.75” tall Mickey Mouse Christmas sticker depicting him with a tree. This is by Hall Bros. and used to keep the card sealed. It has moderate scattered wear from opening of card including tip off one shoe.
Card interior has choice 4×8” tipped-in paper sheet. With a scene of a horse-drawn carriage containing Mickey, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Horace and Clarabelle. Top has a die-cut tab with a Christmas tree design and the bottom flap has an imprint reading “Walt Disney And Mickey Mouse Present Their Silly Symphony/Season’s Greetings.” Outside of card has scattered trace of dust soiling/aging, but the interior of the card remains clean. Card itself was Fine/VF while tipped in sheet is N. Mint. Only 3 times in Hake’s 42 years were they able to offer the 1932 card and this is the actual example shown in The Official Price Guide To Disney Collectibles by Ted Hake and comes w/COA.
I wish I had been the one who bought it.