A gallery of 33 vintage posters from Hollywood's Golden Age of cartoons

Feature length theatrical releases were not the only films to get the royal ballyhoo treatment back in the day. Posters heralding the arrival of a new one-reel animated wonder -- frequently as colorful as the shorts they hyped -- were splashed across the front of theatres. In some cases the shorts even had added marquee value.

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by Scott Marks

There's a file on my desktop marked "Cartoon Posters" that contains hundreds of scans. Today seems as good a day as any to crack open the repository and share the wealth. Forgive me for not dating all of the pics, but when I started 'collecting' these images it was never with the intent of sharing them.

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47336/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/63050_Winsor_McCay_419116_122_871lo_t423x600.jpg?d12e0331ba401c6ef6dd66e1f61e6ee4dccffeed" alt="Winsor McCay, the Father of Animation.">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/63050_Winsor_McCay_419116_122_871lo_t423x600.jpg?d12e0331ba401c6ef6dd66e1f61e6ee4dccffeed">Winsor McCay, the Father of Animation. by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47344/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1929_LOVE_AT_FIRST_SIGHT_t381x600.jpg?ab4ceaf930e0c2c8c76dd16987ae2e094bd33068" alt="Aesop's Film Fables presents Paul Terry's "Love at First Sight" (1922).">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1929_LOVE_AT_FIRST_SIGHT_t381x600.jpg?ab4ceaf930e0c2c8c76dd16987ae2e094bd33068">Aesop's Film Fables presents Paul Terry's "Love at First Sight" (1922). by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47338/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1924_ALICE_THE_PEACEMAKER_t381x600.jpg?ab4ceaf930e0c2c8c76dd16987ae2e094bd33068" alt="Walt Disney's "Alice the Peacemaker" (1924).">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1924_ALICE_THE_PEACEMAKER_t381x600.jpg?ab4ceaf930e0c2c8c76dd16987ae2e094bd33068">Walt Disney's "Alice the Peacemaker" (1924). by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47341/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1929_ALPINE_ANTICS_t382x600.jpg?fd541d7827242c6dc37ca215162bf8df0bd3cd89" alt="Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in Tom Palmer's "Alpine Antics" (1929). Released by Universal Studios.">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1929_ALPINE_ANTICS_t382x600.jpg?fd541d7827242c6dc37ca215162bf8df0bd3cd89">Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in Tom Palmer's "Alpine Antics" (1929). Released by Universal Studios. by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47347/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1930s_betty_boop_t459x600.jpg?815063cbd69f827cce2256d4efae4a2885f21a92" alt="Generic banner promoting Max and Dave Fleischer's Betty Boop and Bimbo. A Paramount Release from the early '30's.">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1930s_betty_boop_t459x600.jpg?815063cbd69f827cce2256d4efae4a2885f21a92">Generic banner promoting Max and Dave Fleischer's Betty Boop and Bimbo. A Paramount Release from the early '30's. by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47346/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1930_looney_tunes_standee_t385x600.jpg?020e17f0e28b65b169cc85dd3bab17a23b21e1cb" alt="Looney Tunes lobby standee heralding Leon Schlesinger's Vitaphone shorts and featuring Porky Pig (c.1935).">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1930_looney_tunes_standee_t385x600.jpg?020e17f0e28b65b169cc85dd3bab17a23b21e1cb">Looney Tunes lobby standee heralding Leon Schlesinger's Vitaphone shorts and featuring Porky Pig (c.1935). by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47348/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1930s_generic_australian_mickey_mouse_t423x600.jpg?d12e0331ba401c6ef6dd66e1f61e6ee4dccffeed" alt="Generic Australian Mickey Mouse poster from the '30's.">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1930s_generic_australian_mickey_mouse_t423x600.jpg?d12e0331ba401c6ef6dd66e1f61e6ee4dccffeed">Generic Australian Mickey Mouse poster from the '30's. by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47349/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1930s_generic_krazy_kat_t384x600.jpg?716b24cad262135b434c5308b1c1fde0b3faa26f" alt="Generic Krazy Kat poster. A Charles Mintz Production released by Columbia Pictures.">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1930s_generic_krazy_kat_t384x600.jpg?716b24cad262135b434c5308b1c1fde0b3faa26f">Generic Krazy Kat poster. A Charles Mintz Production released by Columbia Pictures. by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47350/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1930s_generic_mickey_mouse_2_t500x246.jpg?bc8aae8e8db25d3795985963a49a39f43dd4d13b" alt="Generic ad from the 1930's trumpeting Mickey Mouse Cartoons.">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1930s_generic_mickey_mouse_2_t500x246.jpg?bc8aae8e8db25d3795985963a49a39f43dd4d13b">Generic ad from the 1930's trumpeting Mickey Mouse Cartoons. by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47351/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1930s_generic_mickey_mouse_t394x600.jpg?4d1c6a3a99c5e47dcaccea781f3024a37d089f0d" alt="Another generic Mickey Mouse one sheet from the 1930's.">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1930s_generic_mickey_mouse_t394x600.jpg?4d1c6a3a99c5e47dcaccea781f3024a37d089f0d">Another generic Mickey Mouse one sheet from the 1930's. by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47354/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1931_2000_B.C._t391x600.jpg?b1eff079f6ad06dc2774dd46860550b8eec09a54" alt="Farmer Al Falfa in "2000 B.C." (1931). A Terrytoon written by Paul Terry and directed by Frank Moser. Released by Educational Pictures, the Spice of the Program!">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1931_2000_B.C._t391x600.jpg?b1eff079f6ad06dc2774dd46860550b8eec09a54">Farmer Al Falfa in "2000 B.C." (1931). A Terrytoon written by Paul Terry and directed by Frank Moser. Released by Educational Pictures, the Spice of the Program! by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47352/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1930s_generic_silly_symphony_t439x600.jpg?b288c106c593bb00419020da327c8f0283434854" alt="Generic poster from the '30's announcing the arrival of another Walt Disney Silly Symphony Cartoon.">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1930s_generic_silly_symphony_t439x600.jpg?b288c106c593bb00419020da327c8f0283434854">Generic poster from the '30's announcing the arrival of another Walt Disney Silly Symphony Cartoon. by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47355/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1933_THE_MAD_DOCTOR_t395x600.jpg?973b369f2ae0653f89b2bef5e6e7d8ceb9bb9311" alt="Mickey Mouse and Pluto star in David Hand's "The Mad Doctor" (1933). A Walt Disney Production released through United Artists.">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1933_THE_MAD_DOCTOR_t395x600.jpg?973b369f2ae0653f89b2bef5e6e7d8ceb9bb9311">Mickey Mouse and Pluto star in David Hand's "The Mad Doctor" (1933). A Walt Disney Production released through United Artists. by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47356/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1933_WEDDING_BELLS_t402x600.jpg?5dc87bf07e11f828c39a2eb15532f34362a648df" alt="Manny Gould and Ben Harrison direct Krazy Kat in "Wedding Bells" (1933). (The poster erroneously credits producer Charles Mintz.) A Screen Gems Production released through the studios of Columbia Pictures.">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1933_WEDDING_BELLS_t402x600.jpg?5dc87bf07e11f828c39a2eb15532f34362a648df">Manny Gould and Ben Harrison direct Krazy Kat in "Wedding Bells" (1933). (The poster erroneously credits producer Charles Mintz.) A Screen Gems Production released through the studios of Columbia Pictures. by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47357/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1936_DOCTOR_BLUEBIRD_t397x600.jpg?bb50d44329d623dbdb166f77ff3fe2f05e2d7006" alt="Manny Gould and Ben Harrison's "Doctor Bluebird" (1936). A Screen Gems film produced by Charles Mintz and released through the studios of Columbia Pictures.">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1936_DOCTOR_BLUEBIRD_t397x600.jpg?bb50d44329d623dbdb166f77ff3fe2f05e2d7006">Manny Gould and Ben Harrison's "Doctor Bluebird" (1936). A Screen Gems film produced by Charles Mintz and released through the studios of Columbia Pictures. by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47358/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1937_MAGICIAN_MICKEY_t388x600.jpg?1de4a939f7550668553ccf9e6b7f3a9d26903b8f" alt="Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy in David Hand's "Magician Mickey" (1937). A Walt Disney Production released through United Artists.">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1937_MAGICIAN_MICKEY_t388x600.jpg?1de4a939f7550668553ccf9e6b7f3a9d26903b8f">Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy in David Hand's "Magician Mickey" (1937). A Walt Disney Production released through United Artists. by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47377/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1937_SCARY_CROWS_1_t409x600.jpg?1102f3d316e6a608d15009586c2b74ac61fd5076" alt="Art Davis and Sid Marcus' "Scary Crows" (1937). A Screen Gems Presentation of a Charles Mintz Production released through the studios of Columbia Pictures.">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1937_SCARY_CROWS_1_t409x600.jpg?1102f3d316e6a608d15009586c2b74ac61fd5076">Art Davis and Sid Marcus' "Scary Crows" (1937). A Screen Gems Presentation of a Charles Mintz Production released through the studios of Columbia Pictures. by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47360/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1937_THE_OLD_MILL_t500x249.jpg?4f961b18168ef2d68730e038dcc87b0d95ceb555" alt="David Hand's "The Old Mill" (1937). A Walt Disney Silly Symphony released through United Artists.">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1937_THE_OLD_MILL_t500x249.jpg?4f961b18168ef2d68730e038dcc87b0d95ceb555">David Hand's "The Old Mill" (1937). A Walt Disney Silly Symphony released through United Artists. by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47361/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1938_MIDNIGHT_FROLICS_t393x600.jpg?c9039bf547e74fc638e15287d203a088ddec2a01" alt=""Midnight Frolics" (1938). Ub Iwerks remakes his own "Skeleton Dance" (1929). A Screen Gems Presentation of a Charles Mintz Production released through the studios of Columbia Pictures.">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1938_MIDNIGHT_FROLICS_t393x600.jpg?c9039bf547e74fc638e15287d203a088ddec2a01">"Midnight Frolics" (1938). Ub Iwerks remakes his own "Skeleton Dance" (1929). A Screen Gems Presentation of a Charles Mintz Production released through the studios of Columbia Pictures. by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47362/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1939_AUTOGRAPH_HOUND_t414x600.jpg?92757ee927a05701fc36f9dc7992d552cce21795" alt="Donald Duck stars opposite Kate Hepburn, Garbo, Shirley Temple, Maggie Raye, and many others in "The Autograph Hound" (1939). A Walt Disney Production of a Jack King film released by R.K.O.">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1939_AUTOGRAPH_HOUND_t414x600.jpg?92757ee927a05701fc36f9dc7992d552cce21795">Donald Duck stars opposite Kate Hepburn, Garbo, Shirley Temple, Maggie Raye, and many others in "The Autograph Hound" (1939). A Walt Disney Production of a Jack King film released by R.K.O. by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47363/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1939_WOTTA_NITEMARE_t382x600.jpg?fd541d7827242c6dc37ca215162bf8df0bd3cd89" alt="Popeye in Dave Fleischer's "Wotta Nitemare" (1939). Released by Paramount Pictures.">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1939_WOTTA_NITEMARE_t382x600.jpg?fd541d7827242c6dc37ca215162bf8df0bd3cd89">Popeye in Dave Fleischer's "Wotta Nitemare" (1939). Released by Paramount Pictures. by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47364/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1940_looney_tunes_t398x600.jpg?6091162a48508ffb8befd4a80f6a3ced298058c4" alt="Daffy Duck and Pork Pig grace this generic one-sheet pitching Warner Bros. Looney Tunes shorts (1940).">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1940_looney_tunes_t398x600.jpg?6091162a48508ffb8befd4a80f6a3ced298058c4">Daffy Duck and Pork Pig grace this generic one-sheet pitching Warner Bros. Looney Tunes shorts (1940). by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47365/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1940s_mighty_mouse1_t407x600.jpg?9414bfbdacc2c082d870142f5bc6d95d4d994249" alt="Generic Terrytoons poster from the 1940's featuring Mighty Mouse and the gang. Released by 20th Century Fox.">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1940s_mighty_mouse1_t407x600.jpg?9414bfbdacc2c082d870142f5bc6d95d4d994249">Generic Terrytoons poster from the 1940's featuring Mighty Mouse and the gang. Released by 20th Century Fox. by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47366/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1940s_mighty_mouse_2_t411x600.jpg?00564696e9e6792e951e47b71643c68c56da36f9" alt="Another generic Terrytoons poster from the 1940's featuring Mighty Mouse and the gang. Released by 20th Century Fox.">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1940s_mighty_mouse_2_t411x600.jpg?00564696e9e6792e951e47b71643c68c56da36f9">Another generic Terrytoons poster from the 1940's featuring Mighty Mouse and the gang. Released by 20th Century Fox. by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47367/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1942_DER_FEUHRERS_FACE_t402x600.jpg?5dc87bf07e11f828c39a2eb15532f34362a648df" alt="Donald Duck meets Hitler in Jack Kinney's "Der Fuehrer's Face." A Walt Disney Production distributed by R.K.O. Pictures.">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1942_DER_FEUHRERS_FACE_t402x600.jpg?5dc87bf07e11f828c39a2eb15532f34362a648df">Donald Duck meets Hitler in Jack Kinney's "Der Fuehrer's Face." A Walt Disney Production distributed by R.K.O. Pictures. by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47368/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1943_DUMB_HOUNDED_t389x600.jpg?2b7e21e5cc544d4c9f2f3ab8c718fc1c64100ff5" alt="Droopy and the Wolf in Tex Avery's "Dumb Hounded" (1943). Released by M.G.M.">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1943_DUMB_HOUNDED_t389x600.jpg?2b7e21e5cc544d4c9f2f3ab8c718fc1c64100ff5">Droopy and the Wolf in Tex Avery's "Dumb Hounded" (1943). Released by M.G.M. by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47369/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1943_RED_HOT_RIDING_HOOD_t391x600.jpg?b1eff079f6ad06dc2774dd46860550b8eec09a54" alt="The Wolf and Red star in Tex Avery's "Red Hot Riding Hood" (1943). Released by M.G.M.">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1943_RED_HOT_RIDING_HOOD_t391x600.jpg?b1eff079f6ad06dc2774dd46860550b8eec09a54">The Wolf and Red star in Tex Avery's "Red Hot Riding Hood" (1943). Released by M.G.M. by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47370/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1946_LOONEY_TUNES_t401x600.jpg?504a1b1778d5ca0b1bd68c66745eabb4efb51582" alt="Generic one-sheet touting Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies (1946).">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1946_LOONEY_TUNES_t401x600.jpg?504a1b1778d5ca0b1bd68c66745eabb4efb51582">Generic one-sheet touting Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies (1946). by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47371/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1948_GENERIC_LOONEY_TUNES_t387x600.jpg?54ae23b9b94a76f8448429013ccd11aca764b52c" alt="Generic one-sheet touting Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies (1948).">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1948_GENERIC_LOONEY_TUNES_t387x600.jpg?54ae23b9b94a76f8448429013ccd11aca764b52c">Generic one-sheet touting Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies (1948). by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47372/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1953_POPEYE_THE_ACE_OF_SPACE_t404x600.jpg?6db65e8c45c36ba010ee0b844c3d2547708d416d" alt="Seymour Kneitel's "Popeye, the Ace of Space" in 3D (1953). A Paramount Release.">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1953_POPEYE_THE_ACE_OF_SPACE_t404x600.jpg?6db65e8c45c36ba010ee0b844c3d2547708d416d">Seymour Kneitel's "Popeye, the Ace of Space" in 3D (1953). A Paramount Release. by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47373/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1954_BOO_MOON_t408x600.jpg?d318d7b837543371b08f156dd6e2c523bf688ecc" alt="Casper the Friendly Ghost stars in Seymour Kneitel Izzy Sparber's 3D production, "Boo Moon" (1954). Released by Paramount Pictures.">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1954_BOO_MOON_t408x600.jpg?d318d7b837543371b08f156dd6e2c523bf688ecc">Casper the Friendly Ghost stars in Seymour Kneitel Izzy Sparber's 3D production, "Boo Moon" (1954). Released by Paramount Pictures. by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47374/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1954_TOM_AND_JERRY_t399x600.jpg?752bffaa2e4d717500981f5a5f98a7feb42e1217" alt="Generic poster announcing William Hanna and Joseph Barbara's CinemaScope Tom and Jerry cartoons released in 1954 by M.G.M.">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1954_TOM_AND_JERRY_t399x600.jpg?752bffaa2e4d717500981f5a5f98a7feb42e1217">Generic poster announcing William Hanna and Joseph Barbara's CinemaScope Tom and Jerry cartoons released in 1954 by M.G.M. by Scott Marks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47375/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1969_ITS_TOUGH_TO_BE_A_BIRD_t401x600.jpg?504a1b1778d5ca0b1bd68c66745eabb4efb51582" alt="One-reel cartoon one-sheets were still being produced as late as 1969 as evidenced by this poster from Ward Kimball's "It's Tough to be a Bird." A Walt Disney cartoon distributed by Buena Vista.">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/06/12/1969_ITS_TOUGH_TO_BE_A_BIRD_t401x600.jpg?504a1b1778d5ca0b1bd68c66745eabb4efb51582">One-reel cartoon one-sheets were still being produced as late as 1969 as evidenced by this poster from Ward Kimball's "It's Tough to be a Bird." A Walt Disney cartoon distributed by Buena Vista. by Scott Marks

Comments

Wow! Very cool. What would have been the average size of these? Lobby cards or giant posters? Incredible collection. Do you actually collect the posters as well, or just the images?

Just the images, Ken. If I owned these posters I'd have retired a long time ago. The standard size of a movie one-sheet is approximately 30x40. Same as today, providing you can still find a poster in a multiplex.

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