November 13, 1940~ Walt Disney’s film Fantasia premieres in New York City

Fantasia Program Cover by Gyo Fujikawa

1940 / 26 pp+cvr / 12 3/4”x9 5/8” / Various collections incl. Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Movie originally released in 13 U.S. cities as road show w/assigned seating, programs, & ushers

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Previous November 13 posts:

November 13~ Artists at their Easels

Artist Birthday Quiz for 11/13~

October 10, 1935~ Porgy and Bess opens at the Alvin Theatre in NYC

Porgy and Bess, Embracing (detail)  by Kara Walker

2013 / Lithograph on Somerset paper / 15”x18” / Various, incl. Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC / Published by The Arion Press, San Francisco, as part of an additional suite of 4 lithographs to accompany the book “Porgy & Bess, The Libretto” by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin with 16 lithographs by Kara Walker

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Autumn~ October 10

Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/10~

September 19, 1947~ Jackie Robinson is first winner of MLB’s Rookie of the Year Award

Jackie Robinson Rookie Card by Leaf Gum Co, Chicago, IL

1948-1949 / Commercial chromolithograph / 2 7/8”x2 3/8” / Various collections, incl. The Met

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“Baseball Cards in the Jefferson R. Burdick Collection”~ https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/ball/hd_ball.htm

In 1948 Bowman Gum, the descendant of the makers of the Play Ball cards, issued its first baseball issue. While not terribly good looking, these small black-and-white cards started the baseball card industry as we now know it. Bowman sold their cards with a stick of bubble gum. In the successive years, Bowman’s cards become more and more attractive. Their 1951 issue is extremely attractive and includes the Rookie Cards (first year cards) of baseball greats, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays. In 1948-1949 Leaf produced a set that is popular today. These Leafs are quite ugly, but includes many ‘short prints’ (cards rarer than the other cards in the issue). http://www.cycleback.com/1800s/briefhistory.htm

Previous September 19 posts:

Hispanic Artists~September 19

Arthur Rackham: Born September 19, 1867

Artist Birthday Quiz for 9/19~

August 16, 1916~ Migratory Bird Convention (Treaty) signed

Great Blue Heron by Robert Havell, Jr. after John James Audubon

The Birds of America: From Original Drawings by John James Audubon
“Drawn from nature by J. J. Audubon F.R.S. F.L.S.” “Engraved, printed & coloured by R. Havell, 1834”

1834 / Hand-colored engraving and aquatint on paper / 39 3/4”x26 15/16” / Various collections

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The Migratory Bird Treaty~
https://www.ducks.org/conservation/public-policy/the-migratory-bird-treaty-centennial

Previous August 16 posts:

Self Portraits~August 16

Babe Ruth, February 6, 1895 – August 16, 1948

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/16~

August 10, 1793~ Musée du Louvre opens in Paris

October, from Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry
by the Limbourg Brothers

c.1412-1416 / Illuminated manuscript on vellum parchment / 8 4/5”x5 1/3”
Musée Condé, Chantilly, France /The first Louvre castle is in the background

First royal “Castle of the Louvre” commissioned by Philip II of France
1190 / Fortress against Viking attacks / Torn down early 16th century

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Previous August 10 posts:

Self Portraits~August 10

August 10: the anniversary for two famous museums

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/10~