Though in our searches in Europe for lilting graphic art, we have often thrilled to the remarkable resources of vintage children’s illustrated books, we find that our collection is almost empty of North American products. There is, however, a 78 rpm recording with a sleeve graced by a modernist design, which we acquired from a Canadian source a long time ago, which opens a window on a very distinct sensibility by contrast to the French library still numerous in our inventory.
Our summertime whimsy (from 1954) involves the Walt Disney film, “Pinocchio,” in its soundtrack, to be precise. The cartooning of its graphic touch entirely eschews the subtleties making French illustration so memorable. But it carries post-War rural/ suburbia dash, augmented by the Bing Crosby fedora of that jaunty boss-sphere delivery. The only visual, has nothing to do with the Pinocchio classic.
But here’s the Disney Give a Little Whistle recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vF8ooxOhNU
And a fantastic Side Two: Pony Boy Buffalo Gals : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKrJ3B0qXLM