Walt Disney Hand-Written & Signed Photo Postcard.

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Walt Disney Hand-Written & Signed Photo Postcard.
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(Disney, c.1918-19) An incredible, one-of-a-kind signed World War I-era silver gelatin postcard print of a young Walt Disney in his Red Cross uniform. Walt sent this postcard to his former classmate and close friend, Virginia Baker. In this hand-written letter to Virginia, Walt writes, "Dear Virginia, I am not much on writing letters so don't be dissapointed [sic] in not hearing from me often. This is a picture of me and my fivver [sic]. I hope you are in the best of helth [sic] and (spirits). So long for this time with love." The letter is signed by Walt as "Walter E. Disney." This incredible artifact comes from the collection of renowned Disney historian and expert, Phil Sears. The postcard and its history have been widely recorded, such as in David Lesjak's book, "In the Service of the Red Cross," and a copy of the book is included in this lot. This same postcard was sent to the Walt Disney Archives in 1985 by Virginia Baker's daughter, Leslie Riddell, so that they could make copies of this historic artifact for their collection. The postcard comes with a letter regarding its history from the former director of the Walt Disney Archives, Dave Smith, as well as a separate letter from the Walt Disney Archives which was sent to Riddell in 1985 to thank her for lending them the postcard. The postcard measures 3.5"x5.5" and is in good condition with some yellowing and creases throughout from its original use and age. This museum-quality piece of Disney history represents one of the only known artifacts from this significant period of Walt Disney's life.