Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives
October 16, 2013 - January 4, 2015 |
The Early Years
Born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago's Hermosa neighborhood, Walter Elias Disney's earliest years were divided between Chicago, Kansas City and Marceline, a small Missouri town where his fondest childhood memories would be formed. Walt's interest and talent for drawing emerged early, and by the time he left high school to join the Red Cross Ambulance Corps at the end of World War I (where he covered his ambulance in his own drawings), he'd convinced many that he'd be a renowned artist someday. But while he had some success cartooning in Kansas City, and there started his Laugh-O-Grams animation studio, Walt eventually sought the bigger opportunities available out west. With forty dollars in his pocket and one completed film short as a calling card, Walt Disney boarded a train to seek new filmmaking frontiers in Hollywood.
In this gallery of the exhibit, you'll learn more about Walt's backstory and upbringing, complete with family photographs and mementos like Walt's baptismal certificate, and photos and artifacts from Laugh-O-Gram Films.
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