My cute vintage ‘made in England’ tin. My vintage Snow White ‘Happy Birthday’ card. My vintage deer, vintage champagne glass that house some lovely white roses.
Very elegant looking. Also very special to me.
I had the best birthday possible. One to remember. This birthday stems from my youth. When I was 5 for my birthday celebration my friends and I were taken to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the movie theater. I adore you Snow White. You were very special which is why I wanted this particular birthday.
I just wanted to share it with you.
Today is My 53rd. Birthday
It’s hard to believe that I am over half a century old! I like to look at it as fine wine gets better with age. You know I don’t mind getting older as long as I feel good. And I do still feel good. I like to appreciate every birthday that I have because I know they are only going to get worse. So here’s to me on my 53rd. birthday! I hope I get 53 more!
My Snow White Birthday Then and Now
1966 and 2014
Julie age 5
Having cake and ice cream at my party.
The original Walt Disney Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs movie was made in 1937. One of my favorite scenes from the movie. Snow White at the wishing well.
You know when I re-watched Snow White recently I noticed more of an old European influence in the cartoonists drawings. Especially when it came to the seven dwarfs cabin. America has really changed in my lifetime where our influences are concerned. It’s really evident in this Disney movie. Those influences came from immigration to this country.
Lynn, Julie, Cathy and Jackie
That is me in the red coat with my friend Lynn, in the white coat, and my cousins Cathy and Jackie. It’s my 5th. birthday and we are on our way to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the movie theater in downtown Rome, Georgia. This is the best birthday that I have ever had in my life. It is the one that I remember fondly. Why this birthday? I think because all of my grandparents and great-grandparents were alive. I was lucky enough to get to know them. They were all around when I was young. They were the best family that I could have had. Unfortunately I didn’t have them all for very long, but I remember them as if it were yesterday. So this year I wanted to recreate that nostalgic birthday feeling.
Here is my vintage Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Birthday.
That is me, below, in the red sailor dress at my grandparents house. Although you can’t see it, I am holding my slinky in the photo.
Opening my presents, below.
The snow globes above, under the dome, I made a few years ago. The vintage deer and trees I found online. I love vintage.
I placed my Snow White necklace around my silver pitcher that I used to house my white roses. I also placed little plastic Snow White characters all around, even as cupcake toppers.
Although hard to see this is such a lovely plate with pretty pink roses all around. The candle holder is also pink with some pretty edging on the base of it. I found both pieces at Goodwill for just a few dollars. I also made the pedestal plate that the apple is on in the photo up above.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Copywright 1978 by Walt Disney Productions
(I found this wonderful book at a thrift store for a few dollars. It is such a treasure trove of information on all the classic Disney movies).
The Story of the Production
“You should have heard the howls of warning when we started making a full-length cartoon,” Walt Disney recalled years later. “But there was only one way we could do it successfully and that was to plunge ahead and go for broke—shoot the works. There could be no compromising on money, talent, or time. Well, as everyone knows, the picture did make money, and if it hadn’t, there wouldn’t be any Disney Studio today,”
Snow White with the Apple
Production began in 1934 and was completed in 1937. More than 750 artists worked on the picture, creating at least one million drawings, of which over 250,000 were used. Studio chemists in the Disney paint laboratories ground their own pigments from special formulas and mixed 1,500 colors and shades for the characters, and backgrounds. The multiplane camera, invented and developed by Walt Disney Studio technicians, first reached a high degree of perfection in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. With it, animated scenes achieved a three-dimensional quality because characters and backgrounds could be photographed on several levels or planes.
Walt Disney with Shirley Temple in 1939 at The Academy
(RIP Shirley, 1928 – 2014. You were a cutie. Thank you for all the entertainment that you gave me when I was a child watching you on television).
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and sciences gave Snow White a special award in 1939, with nine-year old Shirley Temple making the presentation to Walt Disney of a large golden Oscar and seven miniature replicas. There are eight songs in the picture, several of which are now considered “standards” in the trade: “I’m Wishing,” “One Song,” “With a Smile and a Song,” Whistle While You Work,” “Heigh-Ho,” “Bluddle-Uddle-Um-Dum,” “The Dwarfs’ Yodel Song,” and “Some Day My Prince Will Come.” The songs have been translated into thirteen languages (many more by now) and are well known throughout the world, wherever this record-breaking picture has played.
(As taken from Walt Disney’s Treasury of Children’s Classics).
I blogged a few years ago about how disappointed that I was in my generations “Disney Princesses” as being so helpless that they had to have men come and rescue them. I admired the bravery of Mulan and the skill and determination of Merida and I literally viewed iconic roll models of Snow White, Cinderella and Aurora, Sleeping Beauty as weak and helpless. But I have come to realize that Snow White, for example, wasn’t as helpless as I originally thought. She couldn’t fight anyone if she had to but she was good and kind and pure and innocent that she did charm her way into getting the help and shelter and food when she needed it. She had attributes that although are wonderful to have, they are not always appreciated by the masses. Luckily for her the dwarfs did appreciate her and they helped her when she needed it. They gave her a “job” when she was homeless. Maybe Snow White wasn’t so helpless after all. Maybe I should view her more as a positive roll model that did the best with what she was given. She bloomed where she was planted. She was not such a helpless one after all. If only more people were as good and kind as she was then the world would be a better place. So Snow, you are now on my top 10 list. I will always love you.
Thank you for the happy birthdays that you gave me.
We ended the day with the best possible outcome. My daughter Veronica and I watched Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on television. Just the two of us.
Watching Snow White on Blu-Ray
I felt like a silly girl again. That’s what I wanted. That feeling.
Happy Birthday to me!
Check out what my daughter gave me for my birthday!
A Snow White robe. Loving it so much!!!