Masks of the Seven Dwarfs and Snow White (1938)

This children’s book from 1938, titled Masks of the Seven Dwarfs and Snow White, features eight pop-out, paper masks, depicting the faces of Snow White and each of the Seven Dwarfs.

The book was published by Whitman Publishing Co. (Racine, Wisconsin) and features a 1938 copyright on the lower left side of the front cover (Walt Disney Enterprises, Hollywood, California).

While this particular copy shows a good deal of wear for its age, only the front-cover “Dopey” mask has been detached and used.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney’s (and the world’s) first full-length animated feature, premiered at the Carthay Circle Theatre in Los Angeles on December 21, 1937, and 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.

VALUE: In good condition, the book can sell for well over $100.

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