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Saturday, May 3, 2008

"Fun and Fancy Free: Bongo" (1947)-Book & Cel

There are times when incorporating animation with other personal items increase the personal value of an item. In this case, we found a nice, but small, cel of Bongo the unicycle riding bear. Bongo had been a favorite of my wife, Jenny, and she still had a Bongo Golden Book her father had given her. We framed the cel and the book together in a hinged shadow box which could be opened and the book removed. The overall effect increases the perceived value of the object to the entire family.

As a side note, animation art is often displayed without the frame. Frankly, we spend quite a bit of time considering potential framing options. As with the Bongo cel, a unique frame can dramatically enhance an otherwise overlooked item.

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From “Fun and Fancy Free: Bongo” (1947). Cel of Bongo riding a unicycle. Excellent full view. Framed with Jenny Cowan's Bongo Golden Book (1948-”A”; Illustrations by Walt Disney Studio; Adapted by Campbell Grant; Based on the Walt Disney motion picture adaptation of the original story “Bongo” by Sinclair Lewis. A Mickey Mouse Club Book produced under the supervision of the Walt Disney Studio. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1948.). [Item: book: 6.5"W 7.25"H. Image: 3.25"W x 4.25"H in articulating shadow box] SeqID-0049

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