Birnkrant's Celluloid Collection, page 2
The wonderful material called
"Celluloid" appeared in our lives, for
only, a brief moment. But, during that short time, it
made two Marvels possible: first and foremost, the
"Movies," which changed the world we live
in, and second these fragile and delicate celluloid
toys, which in some respects are as fleeting and
insubstantial as the images celluloid made it
possible to cast upon the silver screen.
For, in spite of all of its
advantages, Celluloid had serious disadvantages as
well. Not only was it fragile, but worse still, it
was highly flammable and could burst into flames at
the slightest provocation. This eventually led to the
banning and phasing out of the production of
celluloid toys. Acetate soon replaced celluloid in
film, but no replacement was ever found to duplicate
the feather light gossamer charm of the Celluloid
This marvelous Henry windup stands 8" tall. He
seems to be contemplating a trip while a
five-fingered Mickey looks on.
Top right: Two Betty Boop Hula Dancers, one is
complete with her original box.
Bottom right: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
figures, manufactured primarily for the English
Market. Note the exquisite detail of their facial
A spectacular 8 inch Donald walks and
quacks while the 3 pigs nod their approval.
And, some German celluloid Mickeys and Felix look on.
Walking the Doggie. Split platform
action permits Mickey to glide gracefully
while playful Pluto trots along.
A common toy with a rare box. It looks
like the Big Bad Wolf
is trying to blow the pigs off the trapeze!
Mel Birnkrant and friend. Mel has been
collecting since 1959.
Mickey is a glorious ventriloquist doll with articulated
mouth, tongue and teeth.
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Mel Birnkrant is a toy designer and inventor. The
toys he collects serve as an inspiration and play
a major role in the items he creates. The
authors, Doug and Pat Wengel, enjoy collecting
early images of Mickey and his friends. They are
also dealers in vintage character collectibles.