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Extremely Rare Young Walt Disney Memento  


Photograph of Teenage Walt Disney
Picking Up a World War I Artillery Shell in France


-Sent by Walt to a Girl Back Home
 

-Walt Disney's Handwritten Notation on Reverse


-Part of the Earliest Collection
of Walt Disney Artifacts EVER Offered For Sale!

 

 

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One of the Earliest Walt Disney Photographs
Ever Offered for Public Sale
 

An extremely rare WWI-era photograph of a young Walt Disney dressed his Red Cross volunteer uniform, picking up an artillery shell in France.  Walt Disney has personally added a note on the reverse, "Picking up souvenirs."  This photograph was sent by a teenage Walt Disney to his high school friend Virginia Baker while Walt was serving in the Red Cross. Walt was only 16 or 17 years old at the time; Walt entered the Red Cross at age 16 (after lying that he was older) and finished his service during his 17th year.

The authenticity of the photograph is extensively documented.  This very photograph with Walt's writing is pictured on page 72 of the book "In the Service of the Red Cross: Walt Disney's Early Adventures: 1918 - 1919" by David Lesjak.  Virginia Baker's friendship with Walt Disney is also noted in Neal Gabler's book, "WALT DISNEY - THE TRIUMPH OF THE AMERICAN IMAGINATION."  This photograph was part of a collection which was referenced as far back as forty years ago in correspondence between the Walt Disney Company and Virginia Bakerís daughter.  

According to Disney Company Chief Archivist Emeritus Dave Smith (in a letter which is included in this lot), "This is the exact same photo which was sent to the Walt Disney Archives in 1985 by Mrs. Leslie Riddell, Virginiaís daughter, so that we could make a copy for our collection."  Additionally, the Baker-Disney collection was featured in a 1977 California newspaper article.

This "museum piece" is a fascinating glimpse into the playful nature-- even in a war zone-- of a teenager who would go onto to become the most famous and influential name in entertainment in his century and the next.  

All of the following provenance (proof) is included with this lot:

-An original 2014 signed letter from Walt Disney Studio Archives Chief Archivist Emeritus David R. Smith, documenting his history with this photo and the collection from which it came as far back as 1977.

-The Disney history book "In the Service of the Red Cross: Walt Disney's Early Adventures: 1918 - 1919" by David Lesjak.  This very photograph with Walt's writing is pictured on page 72.

- A photocopy of the 1977 San Jose Mercury Newspaper article about Leslie Riddell, and her mother Virginia Baker's school friendship with Walt Disney and the mementos he sent to her during WWI.

-An original 6 page letter and commentary from David Lesjak, Disney historian, author, and Consultant-Special Projects, Walt Disney Family Museum about the historical significance of this photograph and his facilitation of its sale.

-Photocopies of five 1970's and 1980's Disney Studio Archives letters to the daughter of Virginia Baker documenting the eventual loan and photographing of her collection by the Walt Disney Archives at the Disney Studio.  (Four of those copies are shown on this page.)

-An original signed letter from Disney autograph expert Phil Sears testifying to the authenticity and rarity of the photograph, and noting his brief ownership of it.

-The Phil Sears Collectibles Lifetime Guarantee of Authenticity Certificate.


This wallet-size photograph measures approximately 3.75" x 2" and is one of the earliest Walt Disney photographs ever to reach public sale.  In fine condition. 
A unique photograph from the rarest collection of Walt Disney personal memorabilia to ever come onto the market.  Imagine what would never have been if that shell had detonated.  An awe-inspiring item.  Item # 1359, $19,995
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Authenticity: The photograph offered here is pictured on page 72 of the book "In the Service of the Red Cross: Walt Disney's Early Adventures: 1918 - 1919"

 

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When the Disney Company needed Walt Disney autographs for its special "100 Years of Magic" auctions, they got them from Phil Sears

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Even Walt Disney's Daughter, Diane Disney-Miller owned a†
piece from the Phil Sears collection

 

 


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