One of the rewards of my work in writing detailed biographies on different Golden Age animators for Cartoon Research is when a relative reaches out in the reader comments. After the posting of my animation profile on animator/director Al Eugster, reader Chuck Schmitz commented in June, saying Eugster was his uncle. I received his contact info, and he replied back: “Al’s mom [Hedwig Feigel] was my grandmother. Her second husband [Charles Schmitz] was my grandfather.”
Chuck also mentioned some items he owns from Eugster’s collection, which includes photographs, scrapbooks, journals, correspondence, and various gag drawings/caricatures. With his permission, we’d like to share this selection of “goodies” with you:
The people whose signatures are on the card are as follows, listing five animators and five assistants:
Abner = Abner Kneitel (animator)
Tom G. = Tom Golden (animator)
Harold = Harold Walker (animator)
Phil = Phil Lepinsky (assistant)
Dave = Dave Higgins (assistant)
Tom B. = Tom Baron (animator)
Wally = John Walworth (animator)
Hilmer = Hilmer Swens (assistant)
Sheid = Frank Scheidenberger (assistant)
Ellsworth = Ellsworth Barthen (assistant)
For more info on Al Eugster: See Mark Mayerson’s Al Eugster pages; and my previous profile here.
Hope you all enjoyed today’s post! There will be an exciting new post coming up — probably the most extensive research I’ve done for this site.
Didn’t he also work on some animated commercials?
Thanks for posting this. It’s always nice to see some new Al Eugster pictures and material that hasn’t been seen before. I like the Felix the Cat tv production sheets.
Still trying to find life with Elsie
Thanks for this, Devon. The material is all new to me.
All that talent. Why weren’t the Famous cartoons better?
After seeing the posting today on Cartoon Resaerch website about Al Eugster, I think I can identify someone in one of your pictures.
In Al Eugster’s Photo Album The Fleischer Studio 1939-1941 the first photo with everyone standing and crouching around the fountain, the short man with a cigarette in his hand between Nick Tafuri and Shamus Culhane I believe is George Germanetti. I base this on that Christmas card that says Seasons Greetings to Al from Ward # 3 posted today on Cartoon Research.
Thanks for this excellent post — and a special thank-you to Chuck Schmitz for preserving these drawings, photographs and documents.
Fantastic stuff! Nice job, as usual!
Thank you for sharing Such beautiful memories. A look into the 30’s and how animation developed. Denise Hagopian
Hi My Grandfather was Tom G in the photo above. I have some pretty cool original artwork from many of the folks he worked with LMK if your interested to communicate I can send photos