c. 1932

Realizing the great potential that Mickey Mouse could have in the character merchandise business, Walt and Roy Disney accepted an offer from imaginative businesswoman Charlotte Clark to produce the very first Mickey Mouse plush dolls — the original set seen here cuddled up with Walt.

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To celebrate Walt Disney’s 114th birthday on Dec. 5, 2015, Disney is opening Photographs from the Walt Disney Archives, a chance to see (and own) pictures from deep in the company’s vault.

The archival photographs include a young Walt circa 1932 surrounded by plush Mickey Mouse dolls, and a shot of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland on opening day in 1955. Read more…

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Rarely seen images from the Walt Disney Archives