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As many of the readers of this blog already know, I am a HUGE fan of toy inventor Mel Birnkrant (learn more about Mel's art). Over the past year I have also become a HUGE fan of his antique toy collection. Mel has one of the most AMAZING collections of vintage Mickey Mouse and comic character art, images, and toys from 1900 - 1940!
Over the past year Mel has been BEAUTIFULLY documenting, photographing and writing about his INCREDIBLE toy / art collection from the 1900's to the 1940's on his website:
Greetings From Mouse Heaven: A Guided Tour of the Mel Birnkrant Collection http://MelBirnkrant.com/
In my opinion Mel has single handedly saved four decades of one of the GREATEST and most FUN unknown art movements to ever happen, toy art from 1900-1940! An entire genre of art never before seen by most and a genre that has almost no documentation. Incredibly sweet comic art, beautiful toy and puppet sculpture and toys that take hold of your entire imagination, no batteries needed!
After seeing his website and being THRILLED for hours by the overload of amazing art, I was hit with panic. How can we make sure this website, countless hours of work and AMAZING documentation of this INCREDIBLE artwork never goes offline?
Then I approached Mel with an idea. How about converting the Mouse Heaven website into a PDF Ebook. I spent a month putting together a sample to show Mel. Mel embraced the idea and began the painstaking process of carefully converting each webpage into a PDF ebook (with cheer leading and minimal technical support from yours truly). Within a month we had an AMAZING four volume PDF Ebook of "Greetings From Mouse Heaven", which is FREE to download load from Archive.org!
"Greetings From Mouse Heaven"
Mel Birnkrant's lifelong Collection of Vintage Mickey Mouse and Comic Character Art, Images, and Toys 1900 - 1940
Download (or Read Online) all PDF Ebooks FREE, on Archive.org
Greetings from Mouse Heaven, Volume 1
Greetings from Mouse Heaven, Volume 2
Greetings from Mouse Heaven, Volume 3
Greetings from Mouse Heaven, Volume 4
I am so grateful to Mel for taking on the project of preserving the art that he has preserved. While he may not be physically able to keep the entire collection together he can do it virtually with these Ebooks! By creating these Ebooks I feel we have saved an INCREDIBLY VALUABLE piece of cartoon character history AND art history!
So take an hour or two (or ten!) and enjoy the INTENSELY beautiful photos and writing of these little masterpieces in Mel's new Ebooks!! Discover the GREATEST art movement never heard of! You will be swept up both by these INCREDIBLE creations and Mel's intense LOVE and PASSION for these toys!
Also be sure to check out the GREAT video interview and meet the LEGEND Mel Birnkrant and his LEGENDARY collection!