37¢ Snow White
The Art of Disney
Issue Date: June 30, 2005
City: Anaheim, CA
Printed By: Banknote Corporation of America for Sennett Security Products
Printing Method: Lithographed
Perforations: Serpentine Die Cut 10.5 x 10.75
Snow White is an old German folktale, preserved in written form by Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm. The story tells of a princess who survives the murderous efforts of a jealous queen with the help of seven dwarfs.
The Brothers Grimm were born in Hanau, Germany. Jakob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859) lived and worked together almost all their lives. They are chiefly known for their studies of language and folklore.
Beginning in 1812, the Grimms published their first volume of Children’s and Household Tales, containing 86 folktales. In 1814, they added 70 more stories in a second volume. Their final version had more than 200 tales. It became the best-known book ever created in the German language and was the model for folklore collections all over the world.
Walt Disney adapted the Grimm brothers’ Snow White, removing some of the violence of the original story and expanding the romantic theme. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was Disney’s first full-length animated feature film. The film took almost four years and $1.7 million to create. It was released in 1937.
This “Art of Disney” stamp represents Snow White’s first night in the dwarfs’ cottage as they celebrated with music, singing, and dancing.