Mail on Monday: World of Color

If there’s one thing that comes up over and over again as an inspiration for true Disney fans, it’s Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color. Running from 1961-1969, it was one of the first, full-color weekly television series, and it opened the minds of children everywhere.

It also gave us this super cool letterhead that riffs on the CMYK color printing process:

Wonderful World of Color Letterhead (via Letterheady)

Nowadays, we take seeing our favorite television shows in color for granted, but in the early 1960s, it was a huge creative breakthrough, one that Walt Disney himself was extremely excited about, and he tapped the wonderful Sherman Brothers to compose the program’s theme song.


The first episode of the series delved into the depths of the possibilities, offering a lesson on the principles of color. Watch:

Nerds will note that our instructor is none other than Professor Ludwig Von Drake—Donald Duck’s uncle as well as the first Disney character created for television. Even at nearly 30 years old, I learned a thing or two from rewatching the lesson, which is as delightful as Von Drake is charming.

Of course, as with anything, the rest of the world soon caught up with Walt’s innovation: by 1966, nearly all of NBC’s programming was in color with ABC and CBS close behind. Born in 1983, the only time my television screen was awash in black and white was during many repeated viewings of The Wizard of Oz.

What’s your favorite color? 


Thanks to for sharing this lovely specimen and inspiring this post. 

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