HARDIE GRAMATKY Drew and Signed a sketch of Little Toot, the New York Harbor tugboat, with a little boy's mischievous personality. His charming cartoon is probably the best known work of artist Hardie Gramatky. He worked at Disney Studios as an animator, was a highly respected water colorist, wrote and illustrated many books for children in addition to his most famous tugboat. On a 3 x 5 inch undated card, the artist sketched his playful tugboat broadly smiling, eyes purposefully fixed straight ahead as he moves on the water. Accomplished in blue ink, Gramatky dedicated the drawing and signed, "To...with best wishes 'Little Toot" and Hardie Gramatky."
"Little Toot" was first published in 1939 by G. P. Putnam's Sons, and in honor of Gramatky's 100th birthday, Penguin Putnam reissued the tugboat story in a version closer to the original brightly colored publication. It also became an animated segment in Disney's 1948 film "Melody Time."