Wood Sections from Walt Disney's Garage Animation Studio.

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Wood Sections from Walt Disney's Garage Animation Studio.
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(Disney, 1923) A pair of wood sections from Walt Disney's garage animation studio in Los Angeles. In 1923, following the bankruptcy of the Kansas City, Missouri Laugh-O-Gram film studio, Walt left for Los Angeles where he stayed with his uncle Robert Disney. In addition to his $5 a week rent, Robert let Walt pay an additional dollar a week to use his barn as an animation workshop. It was in this barn that Walt worked on an animated reel of cartoon jokes which he tried to sell to the Pantages Theater Company. Walt constructed an animation stand within the barn, which, according to Walt, would later be used to film the Mickey Mouse cartoon Steamboat Willie. Walt personally donated the desk from this garage to the Los Angeles Natural History Museum in 1938. The garage workshop is often credited as Walt's first animation studio and, due to its historical significance, was lovingly preserved and moved in 1982 from the 4406 Kingswell Avenue address to the Garden Grove Historical Society. It has remained on display there for nearly 40 years, just a few miles from Disneyland. This wood was salvaged by Arthur Adler, who helmed the project to save the garage. The wood sections measure 19" and 23" long and are in fair condition, with moderate wear from their age. As it is approximately 100 years old, the wood is somewhat brittle. The wood sections come from the collection of esteemed Disney historian and Walt Disney autograph expert, Phil Sears, who was given the wood directly from Adler. A copy of Adler's book, "Walt Disney's Garage of Dreams," is included with the wood. In the book, Adler mentions giving the wood to Sears. Artifacts from this period of Walt's life are exceptionally scarce.