Signed Walt Disney: "It's kind of fun to do the impossible"
Walt Disney is Without a doubt one of the most iconic figures of the 20th century, but it didn't start that way for him. At 22 years old Walt Disney was fired from one of his first animation jobs, at the Kansas City Star newspaper, for "lacking imagination and having no good ideas."
But Walt didn't let that stop him. He soon after started his own Animation Company and in 1928 created his most famous character, Mickey Mouse. In 1937 he did something unprecedented when he produced the world’s first animated feature film, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” which went on to win him an Academy award for “significant screen innovation, which has charmed millions and pioneered a great new entertainment field for motion picture cartoons”.
Walt still holds the record for the most Oscars awarded to one person, now 26. Even after being turned down by over three hundred banks, his ultimate Dream to open a theme park, was realized in 1955, when he opened the world famous Disneyland in Anaheim, California. This ultimately became one of Walt Disney's biggest successes.
This incredible piece is one of Walt's Personal Memos, complete with his name printed in the top right corner. The document represents an inter-office communication between Walt Disney and Robert Greenberg, an employee in his art department. At the top it reads "Walt Disney Productions." In the memo, Walt asks Robert to send some drawings to a trusted friend "Bill Randolf", for his review and opinion. This piece is dated January 16, 1956, and signed "Walt" in beautiful red ballpoint pen.
This document is truly a piece of history, written just six months after Disneyland opened and during the prime of Walt's career. The content of the memo truly speaks to Walt's constant innovation and perfectionism. For anyone that can identify with this iconic dreamer and entrepreneur, we've added one of Walt Disney's most famous and inspiring quotes at the bottom.
"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."
-Walt E. Disney.
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