Donald Duck. “Quacking” people up since 1934 . . .

25 Jul

A couple of months ago, David, the owner of our local movie house, The Plaza Theatre, asked me to do a tidy-up job on an original 1940s advertising board he had recently acquired.  Having never tackled anything like that before I was a bit nervous about taking it on, but I said I’d give it a try.  

(This was ‘sight unseen’ of course.  When David told me about the board I had it in my head that it was going to be about the size of a sandwich-board, so I was somewhat taken aback when he brought it around and I realised it was actually taller than I was!!)

I regret now not taking a photo of it as soon as it arrived it but I didn’t think about at the time.  By the time I did think about it (first photo below) I had already spent two days cleaning, scrubbing and hand-sanding 60 years of dirt, mould and general ickiness off it.  (My girls helped, as you might imagine.)  It had seen some wear and tear for sure.  The sides and edges were particularly knocked about, and it was covered in dings, dents and cracks, along with thousands of pin holes and lots of tiny little (almost invisible) nails (possibly the remnants of long-ago staples) which I discovered when I started sanding and repeatedly caught my fingers on.  (I can honestly say I worked on this until my fingers bled . . . )

It took a couple of weekends and a good deal of trial and error as to what materials to use (and not to use) and many repeated admonitions to the girls of  “No.  NO.  NO!  Go over there.  Go sit over there. You’re good girls, but PLEASE DON’T STAND ON THE BOARD!”, but in the end it was done, and I was reasonably pleased with the final result.  It was a fun project and I enjoyed having a try at something a bit different.

To cap the whole experience off, David unexpectedly gave me a bunch of free movie tickets for my efforts as well!!  Woo Hoo!!

A few fun facts about Donald Duck . . . .

Donald Fauntleroy Duck was created by Walt Disney when he heard Clarence Nash doing his “duck” voice while reciting Mary Had a Little Lamb.  Nash voiced the character from 1934 to 1983.

Donald first appeared on the silver screen on June 9, 1934, in the animated short film, The Wise Little Hen, dancing to the Sailor’s Hornpipe. He then went on to star in seven feature films and won an Oscar in 1943 for ‘Der Feuhrer’s Face’.

Donald has an uncle (Scrooge McDuck) a girlfriend named Daisy, a twin sister named Dumbella, and three mischievous nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie . . .


Posted by on July 25, 2017 in Uncategorized


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5 responses to “Donald Duck. “Quacking” people up since 1934 . . .

  1. Pam Talbot

    July 26, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    An amazing transformation and free movie tickets an added bonus! 👍

    Liked by 1 person

  2. stevetalbot51

    July 25, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Great stuff Sal, looks amazing 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. C C Cedras

    July 25, 2017 at 8:54 am

    DFD looks almost as good as when new! That sounds like a fun project and, like most of mine, one that involved ointment and a box of bandaids…

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  4. S. A. Young

    July 25, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Oh wow! You did a fabulous job! I’m a sucker for vintage things like this and I love that the owner of the theater opted to refurbish the sign rather than just replace it.


    • sallyinthehaven

      July 25, 2017 at 7:54 am

      Thank you! I’d love to have a chance to do some more of this type of thing. It was a lot of fun. David is a collector of movie memorabilia – there are vintage movie posters and art deco pieces all around the movie house. Fabulous stuff! 🙂



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