Friday, November 22, 2013

Diane's Dad

In September of 1964 Walt Disney made a stop over on his way home from Washington in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was visiting his friend Donald S. Gilmore, who had invited a few guests.
You can read about this visit on Mike Barrier's website :

It's always great to see photos of Walt that are not staged, but of the moment.

These photos are part of photographer Douglas Lyttle's album, which I purchased on ebay a while ago.

This little girl is more interested in looking at art class projects than meeting the famous guest.

But eventually she ends up sitting in front of Walt, and after putting his signature on a large sheet, he gives her a big smile.

I would love to hear from any of these children present to find out what this visit from Walt meant to them.


  1. -B-
    Thanks for sharing those photos Andreas!
    Kids from last photo must be disappointed, they expected Bambi or Pinocchio to be drawn by Mr. Disney...but all they get is "a signature?"!

    1. Yes, but the value of it TODAY!
      And SO BIG! Phil Sears would love it too! ;-)

      Wonderful pictures!

  2. I love the photos with the children. Simple, yet symbolic in a way, isn't it? :D

  3. Lovely photos, thank you for sharing these!

  4. I recall reading once that when asked to do a drawing by a group of kids at Disneyland, Walt replied while signing an autograph. "nowadays, I only draw up the checks, but I make sure I sign em really nice"...there's yer proof.Thanks for sharing these!! you rock, as usual.