Masks of the Seven Dwarfs and Snow White (1938)

This children’s book from 1938, titled Masks of the Seven Dwarfs and Snow White, was published by Whitman Publishing Co. (Racine, Wisconsin). It features eight pop-out, paper masks, depicting the faces of Snow White and each of the Seven Dwarfs.

While premiering at the Carthay Circle Theatre in Los Angeles on December 21, 1937,the film opened nationwide a month-and-a-half later on February 4, 1938. A musical adaptation of the popular Grimm fairy tale, the Oscar-nominated film was an immediate and overwhelming success that enjoyed numerous re-releases over the years. In the 1980s, the United States Library of Congress selected Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for preservation in the National Film Registry. Two decades later, the American Film Institute dubbed it the greatest American animated film of all time.

 

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