Friday, October 15, 2021


VOLUNTEER NEEDED IN TORONTO

In the context of my research about Mickey Mouse on Stage and on Radio in the 1930s, I am trying to find a volunteer based in Toronto who would be willing to conduct some research in person at the Archives of Toronto (in the T. Eaton Company Fonds). 

If you would like to help, could you email me at didier.ghez@gmail.com?

Tuesday, October 12, 2021


Claude Coats -- Walt Disney's Imagineer is definitely one of the great Disney history books of the season. Kuddos to Dave Bossert and Alan Coats!


At 101 Ruthie was still answering my emails from her iPhone. I am saddened at the news of her passing at 111, but what a wonderful life!

Monday, October 11, 2021

Why would I mention this cook book on the Disney History blog? 

Simply put, because, thanks to author Marcy Carriker Smothers, what used to be just a beautiful book about Disney food has now been updated to include several sections about historical facts related to Walt Disney World restaurants and their history, including some wonderful pieces of concept art which I had never seen before. To make matters even better, several of those pieces are by Disney Legend Dorothea Redmond.
 

Sunday, October 10, 2021

I just got a heads up from my friend David Peake about these two upcoming books. I will definitely pick up both the one about The Little Mermaid and the one about The Lion King!



 

Thursday, October 07, 2021


I just spotted this upcoming book (March 2022) and will order a copy as soon as pre-order of the physical version becomes available on Amazon. 

Wednesday, October 06, 2021


This book was released a few months ago and I should have mentioned it much earlier. The author, Renée Farrington, is the daughter of Disney artist Ray Patin (one of the talented animators of Disney's Golden Age). Her heavily illustrated and beautifully written memoir takes us from the Golden Age of animation all the way to her most recent adventures in the shadow of the Hollywood sign. This is truly a delightful read.

There are a few chapters about her father's career at Disney and after Disney, with some great, never-seen-before illustrations. However the book is Renée's autobiography and therefore most of its is not about Disney, but about what it was like to grow up in Hollywood, "in the shadow of the sign."


Friday, October 01, 2021

Did one of you happen to buy this lot recently? If so, could you please email me at didier.ghez@gmail.com? Thanks in advance,
 

Thursday, September 30, 2021


Yesterday evening I received a review copy of the book A Portrait of Walt Disney World which will be officially released tomorrow. Written by my friends Kevin Kern, Tim O'Day, and Steven Vagnini, this huge volume is definitely a must-have and will probably become one of the very best Disney books of the year, along with Jim Cora's autobiography, the Claude Coats biography and Marcy Smother's Walt's Disneyland.

At first glance, the balance of illustrations and text is excellent and there seems to be a very large amount of photographs and pieces of artwork that we had not seen until now in book form.

Knowing how great Kevin Kern, Tim O'Day, and Steven Vagnini are on the historical angle, I am expecting that the text will be full of fun surprises.

I can't wait to start reading. In the meantime, you all know what one of your gifts should be this holiday season. 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021


I just picked up the autobiography of Maureen O'Hara, which contains an excellent chapter about the making of The Parent Trap.

Monday, September 20, 2021


One of my good friends just gave me a head up about this upcoming book / exhibition catalog. I am not certain that the exhibition or the book will contain any section about Nielsen's work for Disney but I know that some of you will want to be aware of this upcoming release.

Friday, September 17, 2021


Here is another autobiography I cannot wait to pick up when it is released next month!

Thursday, September 16, 2021

I am finishing to read Hayley Mills' wonderful autobiography. I have owned the autobiography of her father, John Mills, for quite a while. It is also excellent.

What I discovered yesterday, though, is that her mother also wrote her memoirs. I just bought a copy on AbeBooks. 

 

Monday, September 06, 2021

I am just back from a delightful trip to Walt Disney World and had the pleasure of discovering and buying this book about the 25 Anniversary of The Disney Conservation Fund. It was released last year. Little text and mostly beautiful pictures.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Sad, sad news: Jack Couffer Dies: Oscar-Nominated Cinematographer Behind ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’ Was 96

Fortunately Jack wrote various excellent books of memoirs and I also released an interview with him in Walt's People.

R.I.P.

Friday, August 06, 2021


 Looking forward to this upcoming issue of Disney Twenty-Three.

Friday, July 23, 2021

  

Spectacular auction coming up at Heritage Auctions on August 6 to 8!

Friday, July 09, 2021


 Do you live in Italy? If so, you do not want to miss this upcoming exhibition!

Thursday, July 08, 2021

Here are two photos of Walt I had never seen before and that I located this week. In the first one he is traveling to the Chicago's Century of Progress exhibition. On the second one he is on his way back.

 

Wednesday, July 07, 2021


 Interesting Disneyana auction coming up at the end of the month.

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

Lucie Dolene was the French voice of Snow White and was "the French June Foray." 

I can't wait to buy and read her recently released autobiography (in French, of course).
 

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

What am I up to at the moment? While the pandemic slowed many projects down, I still have a lot cooking these days... a few projects that I cannot yet reveal (including one in collaboration with historians JB Kaufman and Ted Thomas) and a few that I can: 

1. The manuscript of Walt's People - Volume 26 is ready and being reviewed by contributors. I expect it to be released around October of this year.

2. The monograph about The Origins of Walt Disney's True-Life Adventures is awaiting review and approval by Disney and show be available well before the end of the year, if things go according to plan.

3. And along with my friend and fellow historian, Libby Spatz, I am currently tackling one of my most ambitious projects to date: a monograph titled Mickey Mouse on Stage and on Radio in the 1930s. We are making so many outstanding discoveries (among other things thanks to many volunteers around the US and around the world) that I have a feeling that the monograph may have to be split into two volumes. The photograph above is one of my latest finds. It dates from 1936 and features the two entertainers from New Zealand Reg Morgan and Albert Russell as they hosted the first Mickey Mouse radio program in Australia, "The Adventures of Mickey Mouse."

Sunday, June 27, 2021

 The Disney Books Network has just been updated.

Friday, June 25, 2021

An exhibition about Disney's cinematographer Ernst A. Heiniger, "famous" for his role on one of the People and Places and on Grand Canyon, is now taking place in Switzerland. A catalog of the exhibition has been released and I just ordered a copy.

A documentary about Ernst A. Heiniger has also been posted at this link on YouTube. 

Thanks to Jim Hollifield for the heads up this morning.
 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021


 If you can read Finnish, do not miss this newly released book.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

 
 
VOLUNTEER NEEDED IN DAYTON, OHIO

Is one of you based in Dayton, Ohio (or nearby) and willing to conduct some fascinating Disney-history-related research at Wright State University? If so, could you email me at didier.ghez@gmail.com?
 
There is an amazing, untapped collection there which is bound to contain a lot of photographs linked to Mickey Mouse in the 1930s. This ad from 1931 gives a small clue about the story.
 
Thanks in advance. Fingers crossed.

Friday, June 11, 2021


 Sometimes Mickey Mouse is a little scary...

Wednesday, June 02, 2021


VOLUNTEER NEEDED NEAR ROCHESTER, NEW YORK 
 
Dear all: I am still desperately looking for a volunteer based near Rochester, New York to conduct some fascinating Disney-related research at The Strong Museum. If you are willing to help, could you please email me at didier.ghez@gmail.com? Thanks in advance.

 

Friday, May 28, 2021

The long-awaited book about Imagineer Claude Coats by Dave Bossert is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Dave sent me the following yesterday:

[Claude Coats: Walt Disney’s Imagineer—The Making of Disneyland:

From Toad Hall to the Haunted Mansion and Beyond

 

By David A. Bossert

Preface by Alan Coats

Foreword by Tony Baxter

The Old Mill Press

ISBN- 9781735769127, 264 Pages, US$65.00 

Claude Coats: Walt Disney’s Imagineer—The Making of Disneyland: From Toad Hall to the Haunted Mansion and Beyond is the story of artist and designer Claude Coats who, for more than half a century, was one of the most prolific creative talents at The Walt Disney Company and, arguably, the most accomplished.

An unpretentious man of strapping stature, Coats was the artist behind some of the stunning backgrounds produced at the Disney studio during the Golden Age of Animation before being handed-picked by Walt Disney, to start the fabled WED Enterprises—now known as Walt Disney Imagineering. Working side by side with Walt Disney, Claude Coats is considered a significant influence in creating the first theme park, Disneyland, and a new form of creativity called Imagineering. He forever changed the worlds of global entertainment, technology, architecture, and popular culture.

This book explores Coats’ first fifteen-years designing and building some of the most iconic and enduring attractions at Disneyland including Alice in Wonderland, The Submarine Voyage, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion, and so many more. This 264-page book is profusely illustrated with many never-before-seen photographs and artworks.]

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of receiving a copy of The Art of Luca

 Chronicle Books did a great job, as always. The volume is full of stunning artwork by great artists like Deanna Marsigliese, Josh Holtsclaw and Tadhiro Uesugi which makes it a delight to stare at.

The subject matter does not attract me, as such, but this is a Pixar production, and the art is so beautiful that I may be pleasantly surprised when I end up watching the movie.

Sunday, May 23, 2021


 Here is another new book by Jim Korkis which I will pick up soon.

Friday, May 21, 2021

One more interesting auction coming up this week, this one from Van Eaton Galleries.
 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

A few days, I stupidly missed a Japanese auction that featured two great Mickey Mouse books. This one went for way too high a price for me to afford. I was frustrated to miss buying the other one that I had been looking for for months.

Anyway, I thought you would enjoy those images.






 

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Kamden Spies just gave me a heads up about this new booklet released by the Walt Disney Family Museum and I immediately ordered it today.
 

Wednesday, May 12, 2021


 Looking forward to ordering and reading Jim Korkis' new book.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Last part of Mickey Mouse at the 1931 conference of London.


 

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Mickey at the 1931 International Conference in London, part 2. One more part to come tomorrow.