1939 "Gulliver's Travels" cartoon postcard published in England. The image is a scene from the Paramount Pictures animated feature film classic "Gulliver's Travels". The back has two vintage World War Two Great Britain cancelled postage stamps; a postmark dated August 13, 1944 from Whitstable, a seaside town in Kent, southeast of London; and a birthday greeting message addressed to a 15-year old boy in Colchester in Essex, northeast of London. The postcard publisher's name, Valentine's, and an image of Gulliver, are printed in light gray at the center top on the back. So far, we have not seen another postcard like this one.
"Gulliver's Travels", was released December 25, 1939 by Paramount Pictures, as an answer to the success of Walt Disney's box-office hit "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs". The story is based upon the Lilliputian adventures of Gulliver depicted in Jonathan Swift's 18th century novel Gulliver's Travels. This postcard, portraying the scene of the first meeting of the giant Gulliver and the tiny King of Lilliput, is captioned "Gabby, As Proud As Proud Can Be, Shows Gulliver to His Majesty".
"Gulliver" was the second cel-animated feature film ever released, and the first produced by an American studio other than Walt Disney Productions. It was directed by Dave Fleischer and produced by Max Fleischer for Fleischer Studios - best known as the creator of the "Popeye the Sailor Man" cartoons. To meet the Christmas 1939 release date, the film was produced on a timetable that was one-third of that for Disney's Snow White.
The musical score included songs such as "All's Well", "It's a Hap-Hap-Happy Day", and "Faithful Forever" and "I Hear a Dream" which became popular songs of the day.
This 5-1/2" x 3-1/2" card is printed in lovely three-color lithography on standard weight postcard stock. Copyright 1939 by Paramount Pictures, Inc., it was manufactured by Valentine's Co. Ltd., of Dundee, Scotland and London, under a license from British Marketing and Distribution, Co., Ltd.
PHOTO NOTE: The scanning process distorts the clarity of the image and the intensity of the colors. The muted "grainy" look is exaggerated. The colors are actually more vivid and the clarity much greater when viewed in person. Minor soiling, small blemishes and slight defects are exaggerated by the scanning process, and are usually much less noticeable when viewed in person.
CONDITION: Standard-sized postcard is in exceptionally nice condition. The colors are bright, and the images are sharp and clean. There are no creases or folds. The corners and edges show some wear, as well very light discoloration around the edges. Any flaws are visible in the photos.
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