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#1 gwb123

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Posted 08 January 2016 - 08:34 PM

I've been researching old issues of Life magazine through an on-line database, and I found this ad in the

October 25, 1943 edition, page 83.

 

It shows a light plane delivering spare parts to a stranded tank crew, with everyone smiling with good ole American grins!

 

One wonders if a low flying plane dropping packages wouldn't have drawn enemy fire, but that is besides the point.

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Posted 08 January 2016 - 08:35 PM

I was just about to scroll to the next page when I noticed this little fellow... Mr. Grasshopper!

 

This is a Disney design I had not seen before.

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Posted 08 January 2016 - 08:37 PM

Even better, if you sent 10 cents in stamps, you could get the color book "Mr. Grasshopper Wins His Wings".

 

Has anyone ever seen a surviving copy of one of these?  Some young aviation fan somewhere must have ordered one.

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Posted 09 January 2016 - 01:37 AM

Hello Gil.

 

The Grasshopper design was created by Disney artist Van Kaufman in the fall of 1942 for Aeronca. Besides the booklet, at least one matchbook and four different magazine ads featured the design. I have examples of all of the items in my collection. The booklet and matchbook cover are pretty rare. Here's the entry for the booklet found in my book Service With Character. The Disney Studio and World War II:

 

HFC001 Aeronca Aircraft, Mr. Grasshopper Wins His Wings booklet. 1943. 5¼ x 7

This 26-page booklet was published by the Aeronca Aircraft Corporation and told the story of the Aeronca Grasshopper, a multi-purpose airplane manufactured by this defense contractor. This plane was used for artillery spotting, scouting, and air ambulance duties. Disney artists drew all of the illustrations found in the booklet. The cover of the booklet also features the company’s Disney-designed insignia. Members of the general public could receive a copy by the booklet by sending 10 cents in stamps to Aeronca’s Publicity Department. The booklet was dedicated to “All American Aviators — Past, Present, Future.”

 

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Posted 09 January 2016 - 08:28 AM

That's pretty cool. I assume the booklets are fairly fragile. Like most Disney designs, this is very colorful and lively.  Thanks!

 

Any ideas on the character that appears on the upper right corner of the ad?  Or is that another variation of Mr. Grasshopper?

 

It looks like he is carrying a hacksaw in one hand and dropping a small bomb with the other.



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Posted 30 April 2016 - 08:57 AM

I have this image and am wondering if it was an actual "Unit" emblem as it's similar to the Aeronca design , but yet different too, anyone recognize this one ?????

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Posted 24 February 2018 - 07:17 PM

Friend of mine found this some years ago. Its about 24 inches in diameter or so - looks to be airplane fabric so we assume it came off a plane. Neither of us have ever been able to identify it, but is definitely based on the Aeronca design. Best ABN

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Posted 25 February 2018 - 07:48 PM

That very large unit design is a bit similar to this one I'm also seeking an "ID to, .......smaller one especially but needing ID to both , HELP !!!!!!!!

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