Through this platform I plan to share my knowledge of the Disney Studio's involvement in WW II. I've been collecting vintage 1930s Disney since the early 1980s and Disney war related items since the 1990s. I'll illustrate most of the posts I create with items from my own collection, which numbers well over 200 items, as well as with items from the collections of several of my friends.
Disney's Studio became a bonifide war plant during the war and he was able to get draft deferrals for several of his artists. Disney artists produced propaganda films for the federal government, training films for the military, created over 1,200 combat insignia, and created art used in numerous homefront campaigns including rationing, salvage, and the sale of bonds.
Some of the agencies the Studio produced work for included the War Manpower Commission, the California War Council, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Treasury Department, the Food Distribution Administration and the War Production Board. Some of the private agencies and groups Disney artists helped out included the Red Cross, the Los Angeles War Chest and the Fight For Freedom Committee to Defend America.
Feel free to post you comments or questions and I'll do my best to answer them.
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the posts!
Edited by disneydave, 16 June 2007 - 11:53 AM.