Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Morgue: KING KONG coloring contest, 1933

I love KING KONG. Hyperbole aside, it really is one of the greatest films ever made. It has a dreamlike quality that still manages to attract audiences almost a century after it's release in 1933. So, it seemed appropriate that I launch this new Sunday feature (which will focus on horror-themed newspaper clippings) with the 8th Wonder of the World, himself.

The first installment is a clipping that dates back to the year KING KONG was released. It comes from a California newspaper that was hosting a coloring contest for children, giving away tickets and puzzles to five winners. The blank contest entry is above. The news clipping is below, as well as a short transcript. Make sure you read this post to the end, because I'm giving away a Kong-related prize, myself.

Free Tickets to See "King Kong" at the Fox Redondo Theatre
The Torrance Herald, Torrance, Calif., June 1, 1933

For the first five school children who turn in the best jobs coloring the above picture of King Kong, the Fox Redondo Theatre will give each a ticket to see “King Kong,” which starts a four-day engagement at the Fox Redondo Theatre at the midnight show, Saturday, June 3, and continues Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. In addition to the free tickets, each of the first five children will be given a puzzle of King Kong, free of charge.


But wait! There's More!

To commemorate the opening of THE MORGUE, the Collinsport Historical Society is giving away a copy of the original KING KONG on Blu-ray. Much like the children in Torrence, Calif., back in 1933, though, you're going to have to earn it.

All you have to do is color the vintage contest entry at the top of this post. You can use whatever medium you like: Crayons, markers, paint, Photoshop ... go nuts. E-mail me your entry by noon Saturday, Jan, 24, 2015. You can find my address in the top left corner of this page.


Unknown said...

awesome vintage piece...

Unknown said...

Thanks! I love this kind of stuff, though not everyday does.

Unknown said...

Thanks! I love this kind of stuff, though not everybody does.

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