Walt Wednesday #42
Kansas City artist, Christopher Dorsey, colorized this version to see what it might have looked like back in 1922 when Walt and his crew were creating Laugh-O-grams.
Butch Rigby, Chair of Thank You Walt Disney, was recently contacted by a gentleman whose father had once worked at Cook Paint & Varnish in the Laugh-O-gram building. The man shared that he had the original "Mickey Mouse" Disney desk from that building. He was interested in making the desk available to those who were seeking historical artifacts for the building. President, Dan Viets, visited the man and viewed the desk. After close inspection, it was clear to Dan that this, indeed, was the desk pictured at the right of the Studio photo shown at the beginning of this post. The desk has been refinished to a lighter color, but specks of old finish still can be seen in its original color. Dan purchased the desk for donation to Laugh-O-gram. The desk will be refinished to be displayed in its original color. Walt said in interviews in the early 1930s that he kept a pet mouse in a drawer of his desk at Laugh-O-gram. Five years later, this mouse inspired the creation of Mickey!
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Growing up in Los Angeles in the 70s/80s we visited Disneyland on a regular basis and often after school, before "Annual Passes".