Thursday, October 15, 2009
Anniversary of the genesis of a creative empire
On October 15, 1923, Walt Disney received a telegram from Margaret Winkler, distributor of the Felix the Cat and Out of the Inkwell cartoon series, in which the New York distributor offered to pay $1,500 each for the first six of Disney's so-called Alice Comedies, with options on an additional six. Walt and Roy, as the Disney Bros. Studio, agreed to Winkler's terms.
Eighty-six years ago, on October 16, 1923, Walt wrote to the mother of his four year old Alice star, Virginia Davis, asking if the Davis' would move to Hollywood so their daughter could continue to star in the cartoon series. This date is considered by many to be the founding date of what would become the Walt Disney Studio.
The original letter is now on display at The Walt Disney Family Museum, courtesy Phil Sears, a world renowned Disney autograph expert who acquired the letter directly from Virginia Davis in the 1990s. Click on the images to enlarge them.