1930's Cones Dollars

Exchange them for an Ice Cream!


In the early 1930's Disney were looking for new and exciting ways to market the Disney brand.

During 1933, Herman Kamen, a merchandise marketer sought out Walt Disney with an idea for a IOU that could be exchanged for an Ice Cream cone. (Hence the name 'Cones Dollar')

Later, in 1936, Southern Dairies became a Disney licensee and started to produce notes that resembled dollar bills.

To my knowledge there were only three colours produced, Green, Blue and Red, in denominations of 1,5 and 10.

The 1's do appear for sale every once in a while, but I've only ever seen single examples of the Red 5 and 10 cone note.

From my research, I have found that the very early notes were exchanged at Mickey Mouse Clubs in theatres and cinemas and a number were also given away as FREE gifts in the 'Micky Mouse' Magazine. These magazines were available in large US department stores. Some of the cone dollars were marked as 'Southern Dairies Ice Cream' rather than the usual 'Mickey Mouse Cones'. I saw one of the first editions of these magazines on Ebay in 2009. It sold for a staggering $2,000!

I have good examples of each of the 'Green', 'Blue' and 'Red' 1 Mickey Cone versions, but the Southern Dairies 5 and 10 cones are VERY rare.

(Many thanks to Wade & Sue Snyder from Gainesville, Georgia for letting me have a scan of their 'Red' 10 cones bills.)

Every time I look at one of these early notes, I find it hard to believe that such a fragile peice of paper could survive for over 80 years!



1933 Green - 1 Cone Dollar - OBV

1933 Green - 1 Cone Dollar - REV

1933 Blue - 1 Cone Dollar - OBV

1933 Blue - 1 Cone Dollar - REV

1933 Red - 1 Cone Dollar - OBV

1933 Red - 1 Cone Dollar - REV



1933 Red - 5 Cone Dollar - OBV

Still to find one!!!

1933 Red - 10 Cone Dollar - OBV

Still to find one!!!

1933 Red - 10 Cone Dollar - REV

Still to find one!!!