Robin Hood Printed Fan Card

I have shown this image before, but Matt Crandall has managed to help me identify its original purpose. An online auction site describes the item above as:

"... full-color promotional card [10"x 8"] of Robin Hood, Maid Marian, Friar Tuck and two of the Merrie Men was produced by WDP to publicize the studio's 1952 feature film. The Story of Robin Hood was Disney's second all-live-action film, and it was made at Denham Studios in England with funds the could not be repatriated to the USA. Richard Todd, Joan Rice, Peter Finch, Hubert Gregg and Patrick Barr starred in the movie directed by Ken Annakin. 
Disney began producing these handsome prints in the 1930s, and they are called fan cards because they were generally sent to persons who wrote a "fan" letter to the studio or given out to those who attended a Disney promotional event."

Matt runs the excellent Disney's Alice in Wonderland blog which is well worth a visit.


Clement Glen said...

"Robin Hood Printed Fan Card"

Special thanks to Matt Crandall

John said...

is someone able to tell me if this illustration is signed? I've seen 2 examples of this image; 1 with teh "walt disney", the other without. I have one i think is signed walt disney, i can see the marker bleed but now seeing this image makes me wonder. Are they auto signed, signed by another studio staff member as policy when these were given out? Mine has a break in the "W" of walt but when i blow up this image it all burs. I'd love to know. thanks