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Vintage Disney Book

So how’s this for a vintage Disney find at our local Salvation Army?

Fifty cents got me Walt Disney’s Giant Story Book published by Purnell (1969). It’s far less about whether or not this is worth anything financially than how it took me back in time in the middle of a dusty thrift store.

Disney Giant Story Book (2)

Disney Giant Story Book (3)

Disney Giant Story Book

Disney Giant Story Book (4)

Especially when I opened the book and the page I happened to open it to, was this vintage Cinderella drawing.

I had completely forgotten about these particular drawings of Cinderella in the Disney fairy tale books as they have obviously changed her since then. I had read and listened to these and so many others as a child on my read along book and record player.

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vintage cinderella disney

It is absolutely full of classic Disney drawings in just about every fairy tale.

vintage evil queen disney

vintage snow white

vintage sleeping beauty - disney

vintage pinocchio - disney

vintage bambi

vintage alice in wonderland - disney

And to think I wouldn’t have even found it if my kids hadn’t made a beeline for the book section. All because my older daughter saw a Hannah Montana book on the shelf from across the room.

So Thank you Miley Cyrus. Ironically also by Disney.

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    Green Door Hospitality
    March 27, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Oh wow, what a find! I love discovering treasures like this. 🙂

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    March 27, 2013 at 9:31 am

    omg. i had this book as a kid and never would have remembered. all those pictures are like being reconnected with old friends. very cool (nostalgic) find, alex!

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      March 30, 2013 at 8:56 am

      That’s exactly what I said in my head when I saw it. I had completely forgotten it existed!

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    Growing Up in the Garden
    March 27, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I think I had this book (or my school did). What a great find!

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      March 30, 2013 at 8:58 am

      Schools have the best stuff! Years of just worn down relic copies of everything.

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    Victoria • Restoring our Victorian
    March 27, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Wow! I’ve never seen that version of Cinderella! All the other ladies look more or less the same, but she’s really different!

    Sure your girls will be wanting Maleificent’s (I should go google how to spell that correctly… but really cannot be bothered at this point to attend to such details) fancy headdress to complement the evil queen outfit from last year!!

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      March 30, 2013 at 8:58 am

      Oh lady apparently the 5 minutes of considering being Dorothy has morphed to The Queen of Hearts and Alice in Wonderland. I told them they don’t have to do a theme but I was vetoed.

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    March 27, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Woah!! I totally remember this book. That’s amazing! What a great find that I would’ve probably glossed over too. Thanks for sharing the images here too. Just love it!

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    March 27, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Oh how fun! I can almost smell it! HA HA! I love how old books smell, ya know? Seriously great find. I think there will come a time when we really miss books… REAL books. Glad you snatched these classics up! My favorite has always been Bambi. Still makes me cry. 🙂

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      March 30, 2013 at 9:01 am

      I already miss books. Hardcover. The smell of old paper. The sexy mysteriousness of a big room filled with books.

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    Time With Thea
    March 28, 2013 at 12:55 am

    I owned this book when i was a child! I read it and studied the pictures over and over again! Thanks for bringing back the memory! ~Thea

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    Lauren @ The Thinking Closet
    March 28, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Ha ha. Good ole Miley.

    What a treasure! I love how Cinderella and Snow White’s eyes look identical…and lash-i-licious.

    This post makes me want to dig through some of the books of my youth next time I visit my folks in New York and take a walk down memory lane. #nostalgia

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    March 30, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Love finds like this! I have a vintage Pinnochio puzzle (with all the pieces if you can imagine) from the 1940s. I’ve got it tucked away to give to my girls someday. Great find!

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    Samantha @Blissful Domesticity
    March 30, 2013 at 10:40 am

    What a cool find! I love finding treasures like that at thrift stores and garage sales.

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    March 30, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    What a great find. I think I had this book as a kid. SUch great pictures

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    Cheryl @ Kids On A Plane
    March 30, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Oh wow! My family loves anything Disney and this book reminds me of books I had when I was a child. Sadly we ripped them up or threw them out so the characters and books my children have look a lot different that this one. Great find!

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    Angela Kahn
    January 20, 2014 at 7:59 am

    OMG. This book brings back so much to me, it was part my my whole life. Looking at the pictures brings tears to my eyes. I am trying to find a copy because I lost mine…..

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    October 15, 2014 at 11:31 am

    What an amazing find. I’ve been searching for this version for years!!! Thanks for sharing. This gives me hope that one day I’ll come across one.

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      October 16, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      If I ever come across another I’ll pick it up and message you. I’m at thrift stores a lot so it’s no problem at all.

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    October 25, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    I have this book at home and it was my moms before me and brand new when she got it

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    Christal Martinez
    December 21, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    I came online specifically to search for that version of the Cinderella story. When I was a little girl I had the individual Cinderella storybook with those illustrations in it and I loved it! Glad to see them again. There wouldn’t by any chance be any notation on the name of the illustrator for that story would there? Just thinking it might make it easier to locate. Thank you so much for sharing your find.

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