From at least 1952 and for
several years during the 1950s, Johnsons sold a 4.5volt battery
powered toy projector that showed stationary film strip images
based upon Walt Disney characters.
This projector is described
in detail on Patrice
Guérin's website. The colour images, below, belong
The version of the projector
shown in the advertisement below, which is taken from an undated
Johnsons catalogue but believed to date from 1952 or 1953, is
(according to Patrice's research) the 3rd version of this projector.
Earlier versions had the switch located on the front plate of
the projector body and in the earliest version the projector
body also had a metal handle. This suggests the Disney projector
will have been on sale since at least 1950 and probably earlier.