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  1. This design was created for Sub Chaser #83359, St. George Depot, Staten Island, New York, in early 1943. I am not sure if the insignia was ever turned into a patch. A friend owns the original pencil sketch of the design, which was created by Disney artist Hank Porter.
  2. I found this drawing in a ww2 wartime log of my father.  Any idea the artist.  Was the only color page in the log. He was in Stalag IV AND Stalag I. Liberated from Stalag I.


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      Hi. Not by a Disney artist. Many POWs drew in each others logs / diaries. Some were very good artists, others were not.


  3. The albums are quite common. The box is quite rare. Love the box!
  4. Unfortunately this is not Pete. Looks more like a brown bear. I have no record of this unit having a Disney insignia in my database of 1,100 entries. Doesnt mean they didnt have one but I have nothing for this unit and the design is off for Pete.
  5. This is a new design for me and I have never seen this one before. Thanks for sharing!
  6. Yes, Thor is correct. I believe this image was based loosely on the unit's cat design created by Disney artist Hank Porter. I have two cards for the unit with their cat on it, as well as a softcover history book published before they went overseas that features a back cover photo of the unit's C.O. standing beside their Disney insignia, and a publication related to a stage show men in the unit performed before deploying.
  7. Thank you Johnny. I have that one in my database already. Was not done for a unit, per se, but for a graduating class. The illustration was created by legendary Disney artist Hank Porter. Thanks for thinking of me, though. Appreciate it because you never know what I have and don't have tucked away in my dusty files.
  8. Love it. I have seen the design before but not imprinted on a Christmas card. Nice score.
  9. And ask if you can sit at Walt Disney's favorite table.
  10. Yes. Huge changes. They pretty much closed the Archives to outside researchers. Someone got access to the Archives when it was still open to non-company types, and from what I have heard, (rumor and conjecture), this person did research related to the Reddy Creek Improvement District. This entity, from what I understand, is the body that governs development on the Disney acreage in Florida. The company was basically able to have their own building code and tax structure, in return for turning FL into a tourist destination.The person who did the research then used the info he had gotten at the Archives in a lawsuit against the improvement district. When the upper echelon at Disney found out the source for all of his lawsuit material, they closed the doors to the vault. Luckily, I did a lot of research there before the change in policy. I would attend a big Disney collectors convention almost every year in the early and mid-1980s and during my trip to CA I would spend one full day at the company Archive in Burbank doing research on a myriad of topics. I was also quite good friends with the head archivist and the second in command. They helped me quite a bit whenever I had a question about an insignia design. They would often go to the correspondence files, which I never accessed, and they could pull and quote info included in the original letter sent in by the serviceman who had requested the design.Unfortunately, both my contacts retired. I spent one full day going through all of their insignia volumes save one from 1943. I took handwritten notes for 900-1,000 designs...YIKES! They have photos of all the designs, the month and year the insignia was created, and the name of the unit the design was sent to. And like I mentioned above, they also have most, not all, of the related correspondence sent in by the serviceman requesting the design.
  11. Please see this post: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/308965-disney-emblem-looking-for-a-home/
  12. Sometimes Disney artists designed insignia for men and not units. They did several like that. In this case, Scott Herblen could have been the serviceman who made the initial request. The entry in the Disney reference book did not indicate which AAF base he was located at.
  13. Yes. See post number 2 above. The info in that post gives you the info they had noted in one of their insignia reference books that I copied.
  14. I went through all but one or two of their insignia books back in the 1980s and took copious notes. That is where the majority of my database info comes from. I have entries for around 1,100 designs of the roughly 1,200 to 1,300 their artists created during WW II. Just like song of the south will never be released in the USA I doubt they will ever release a comprehensive book detailing all their insignia. Of the designs I have in my database I have about 800 images and have researched and written around 600 entries containing background on the design and the unit that received the emblem. Would make a heck of a series of reference books.
  15. My database lists the following limited information: Scott Herblen Group Army Air Base Spring of 1943 A similar design was created for whomever this person is featuring Goofy's head with a bomb below it much like the Donald Duck design you've shown, as well as another design featuring Pluto with the bomb to the right. I haven't been able to locate anything on Herblen at this time. Cheers.
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