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Walt Disney Library Sign-Out Cards (1943-85)

This is an interesting group of ‘behind the scenes’ items: Original library cards from the Disney Studio library featuring signatures from many of the legendary Disney animators.

Among the names included are Ken Anderson, Ollie Johnston, Milt Kahl, Marc Davis, Eric Larson, Ward Kimball, John Lounsbery, Roy Disney, Ben Sharpsteen, Dick Huemer, James Algar, Iwao Takamoto, Sam McKim, Roy Williams, Dick Kinney, Bill Justice, Bob Moore, Art Riley, Eyvind Earle, Harry Tytla, Ralph Hulett, Marty Skylar, and many more.

Tales From the Library

February 4th 2017: 

Today when I issued a library card to a little child, I threw confetti like I always do- he loved it and thought it was the most memorable thing ever!
An adult woman came up a minute later to tell me that was the most magical thing she ever saw at the Library.
About five minutes later an adult man looks at the counter and says “What’s with the confetti?” And I told him “oh a kid just got their first library card so I threw confetti at him!”
The guy goes “aww! Well I’m here to get my first library card too!!!” So when he signed his card, I threw confetti at HIM, and he laughed cause he thought the confetti was only for children…..
He was wrong.

View of an advertising card for A. Donnely, depicting roses. Printed on back: “Holiday goods! Christmas cards, school supplies and notions. Books, stationery, fine candies, nuts, etc. Gent’s furnishing goods. A. Donnely, 117 St. Aubin Avenue.”

  • Courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library

View of an advertising card for L.L. Farnsworth, depicting a boy and girl. Printed on front: “Why cousin! You ought to get Joyce Protection toe shoes; they will never wear out at the toe! Donaldson Brothers, Five Points, N.Y.” Printed on back: “Parents, shoes made with the Joyce Protection will never wear through at the toe, are as neat as without any protection, and adapted to the finest quality of shoes. Thousands of pairs worn and never failed. We have them for sale. Give them a trial and satisfy yourselves of their utility. L.L. Farnsworth, dealer in boots, shoes and rubbers, Detroit, Mich. Fearey’s Albany shoes with Joyce Protection toes a specialty.”

  • Courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library