Mail on Monday: The Pilot

Recently, I discovered what may be one of the coolest things ever: Letterheady.

Editor Shaun Usher has gathered some of the most interesting and unique examples of letterhead all in one place. And, of course, that means lots and lots of Disney letterhead!

So I’ve decided to launch an 17-part series on the coolest Disney letterhead. And because this is my blog, I’m going to start with my favorite:

The Mail Pilot (Mouse on the Mind)
This fine specimen originally appeared on Letterheady

 

This letterhead was used to promote the 1933 animated short, “The Mail Pilot.” I think one of the things I love most about this is that it looks so much like a pencil doodle. It’s so wonderfully raw, both in terms of the style and the emotion it conveys. If I received a letter on this stock, I would absolutely head to the theatre expecting a fantastic adventure story. 

I love this letterhead for the way it looks, but it’s also an extremely appropriate topic for a first post on a series about mail. “The Mail Pilot” features Mickey living up to the unofficial USPS creed: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed round.”

Of course, in addition to the weather, in this cartoon, Mickey also has Pete (who I always think of as a feline Bluto) to contend with. In this short, Pete is a mail bandit, and Mickey has to use all of his brain power to defeat Pete’s brute strength. The way these two defy gravity is pretty thrilling, and the sight gags make me laugh every time.

But don’t take my word for it. Watch it for yourself:

Do you have a favorite Mickey short? Tell us about it in the comments below!