His Masters Voice 6

His Master's Voice (U.K.) / c. 1943

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Design: This bright and cheerful label features a great Disney Studios illustration of Mickey Mouse (who first appeared on the movie screen in 1928); one of the Three Little Pigs (this one being Fifer, who plays the flute, from the animated cartoon which first appeared in 1933); and Donald Duck (who first appeared in 1934). All three characters were among the most recognizable cartoon characters of all time (Mickey, of course, being #1). The artwork itself made the record worth buying!

History: The movie Bambi was released in 1942, which for the Allied cause were the darkest days of WWII. People flocked to cinemas to escape reality and to enjoy Disney's comic characters lampooning Nazism; 'taking the mickey' out of someone became a stock phrase for poking fun at them. Charlie Chaplin had lampooned Hitler in The Great Dictator (1940), while comic-book lumberjack/action hero Johnny Canuck represented Canada as a secret agent, almost singlehandedly bringing the war to an end. Label scan courtesy of jazzologist and collector Dave Dixon of Canada.


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