Friday, April 23, 2010

Windows to the Past: Picketing the Reluctant Dragon

Most images we have discovered relating to the 1941 strike against the Walt Disney Studios feature picket lines outside the studio's Burbank location.  This particular photograph from the archives of the Los Angeles Examiner shows about a half a dozen members of the Screen Cartoonist Guild picketing in front of the RKO Palace Theatre in Los Angeles.  Ironically, the film playing at the theater was The Reluctant Dragon, which featured an inside look at a very happy, productive Burbank studio.

Two of the picketers wear masks--one is Mickey Mouse, the other is a Snow White dwarf.

The photograph is part of the Los Angeles Examiner Negatives Collection of the USC Digital Library.