The caption in the Life/Google archive for the photo above (by Allan Grant) reads: “Carlo Vinci, artist drawing cartoon at Hanna-barbara [sic] productions.” Taken in 1960, the year Hanna Barbera became the force in television animation with The Flintstones, when it debuted on the ABC network on prime time. The image below has the caption: “Joe Barbera (R), [with] partner Bill Hanna (L), creators of animated cartoons.”
John Kricfalusi, among others, said that the most important qualification for an animator is the ability to draw. If so, you can see how well qualified Atlanta animators are starting this Saturday, when ASIFA-Atlanta will debut its first annual art show of work by its members; the exhibition, featuring work inspired by the Golden Age of Comics and Cartoons, will be at the Eyedrum Gallery (290 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., SE, Suite 8, Atlanta, GA 30312). The collection will feature contributions from over three dozen artists, the majority of which will also be available for sale. The show has its gala opening on Saturday evening at 8:00 pm; admission is $7.00, but is free for Eyedrum and, ASIFA members.
Life magazine’s photo archives are in the process of being posted online, thanks to Google. The magazine was the picture journal of its day and was published weekly from 1936-1972, and continued to be issued in various stand alone forms until 2000. And its roster of photographers reads like a Who’s Who of Photo Journalism during the middle part of the 20th century.
Needless to say, Life‘s coverage of the arts, especially film and television, was extensive. The images being posted include photos never published before, along with production stills and posters not easily found elsewhere online. The high resolution (300 dpi) images are apparently free for nonprofit use.
My first instinct was to search for animation-related material and, naturally, Disney-related material, such as the 1938 photo of Disney by Alfred Eisenstaedt above , were most easily found. Much of the material I initially looked at lacked full identification; e.g., a picture of Gore Vidal and Melvyn Douglas only named Vidal, and some photos of live TV shows from the 1950s I looked at were not identified in any way, other than that they were TV shows. Anyway, here are some images of interest I came across, starting with several by Hart Preston of Disney’s 1941 South American tour, which he embarked upon after the Bank of America told him to settle the strike by the Screen Cartoonists Guild: