Special thanks this week go out to Vanessa and Christian who have both sent to me images of their copies of the Walt Disney's Robin Hood Stamp Book.
This is Christian's copy of the stamp book (above and below) which was published in New York in 1955 by Simon and Schuster. The story inside was adapted from Lawrence E. Watkin's screenplay by Willis Lindquist with illustrations by Hamilton Greene (that could be coloured).
But what makes this book a 'must have' for all fans of Walt Disney's Story of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men (1952) is the four pages of coloured stamps that were each titled and numbered. The owner had to stick these sixty stamps in the correct places on each page of the book.
Christian's copy has the stamp's still intact and his book is nearly in mint condition.
Readers of the blog will be familiar with most of these images on the stamps, but seeing them in colour like this shows why this wonderful movie was described as the best Technicolor film ever made in England.
It also is another example of Walt Disney's phenomenal amount of promotion and advertising behind his movie production.
|"BRING HIM DOWN," SHOUTS DE LACY|
Included among the stamps is an image ( shown above) of the Sheriff of Nottingham (Peter Finch) using a bow and arrow with a dead soldier in the foreground. It is stamp number '32' and has the title, "BRING HIM DOWN" SHOUTS DE LACY." This is very interesting as the scene must have ended up on the cutting room floor, because it was never used in the movie.
Vanessa has also very kindly sent me a picture of the Spanish version of the stamp book that is in her collection.
I would like to thank both Vanessa and Christian for sharing with us their much-treasured albums.