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Disney Collectables – Walt Disney

Born in 1901, Walt Disney served briefly with the Red Cross in the closing stages of the First World War. After the War, he found a job with an advertising company. Walt was soon made redundant and, with a fellow ex-employee, Ub Iwerks, established his own business, the Laugh-O-Gram Company, making a series of silent […]  Continue Reading »

Disney Cartoon Characters

First Appearances of Disney’s Cartoon Characters   On the Screen In Print Mickey Mouse “Plane Crazy” (1928) “Lost on a Desert Island” (1930) Minnie Mouse “Steamboat Willie” (1928) “Lost on a Desert Island” (1930) Goofy “Mickey’s Review” (1932) Newspaper daily comics (1933) Pluto “The Chain Gang” (1930) “Pluto the Pup” (1931) Donald Duck The Wise […]  Continue Reading »

Disney Collectables

In September 1929, less than a year after Steamboat Willie, the first successful Mickey Mouse cartoon, was released, the first Mickey Mouse Club was formed by the Fox Dome Theatre in Ocean Park, California. Disney quickly saw the potential of such a Club and supplied theatre managers with starter packs containing a manual, song sheets, […]  Continue Reading »

Disney Animation Cels

The premium Disney collectable is the animation cel. “Cel” (short for celluloid) is film industry jargon for the celluloid on which each frame of a cartoon was painted (in the days before computer animation). Disney cels were sold as works of art by the Courvoisier Galleries as early as 1938. They were sold at Disneyland […]  Continue Reading »

Disney Posters

 By the late 1920s, when Disney’s cartoons first appeared, theatre owners were provided with a full array of promotional material for new movies. “Legitimate” collectable movie posters are those which were part of this material which was made as for theatres and not intended for sale to the public. This material was on loan to […]  Continue Reading »

Disney Comics

The first Disney comics appeared in 1930 when Walt began writing, and Ub Iwers drawing, a Mickey Mouse strip for the daily newspapers. The first comic books containing these strips were published in 1935 as Mickey Mouse Magazine. Disney’s characters sometimes appeared in a series of comic books called Four Color which contained a variety […]  Continue Reading »

Disney Toys

The first successful Mickey Mouse cartoon, Steamboat Willie, was released in 1928. Walt Disney quickly began seeking merchandising opportunities for his cartoon characters, The original Mickey Mouse Club began in 1929 and, in 1930 Disney contracted a leading doll manufacturer, the George Borgfeldt Company, to produce Mickey and Minnie Mouse toys. Borgfeldt had been distributing […]  Continue Reading »

Disney Figurines

Figurines of Disney characters have been manufactured since the early 1930s. Early figurines are usually of Mickey and Minnie Mouse an, a little late, Donald Duck. Many of these have been of poor quality but the ceramic figures from two periods are of particular interest to collectors. In the late 1950s, Disney licensed a variety […]  Continue Reading »

Disney Buttons & Pins

In September 1929, less than a year after Steamboat Willie, the first successful Mickey Mouse cartoon, was released, the first Mickey Mouse Club was formed by the Fox Dome Theatre in Ocean Park, California. Disney quickly saw the potential of such a Club and supplied theatre managers with starter packs containing a manual, song sheets, […]  Continue Reading »

Disney Watches

The first Mickey Mouse watch was designed by August Shallak and manufactured by the Waterbury Clock Company under its Ingersoll brand for sale at the 1933 Progress World’s Fair in Chicago. There were two models – a children’s wristwatch which sold for $3.75 (later reduced to $2.95) and a pocket watch which sold for $1.50. […]  Continue Reading »