What could be new about Mickey Mouse?
Craig Andrews traces the history behind a persistent belief in a small Pennsylvania town that the makers of a wooden toy mouse named "Micky" and Walt Disney, the father of Mickey Mouse, actually crossed paths as their unique creations occurred almost at the same time. Through a wide range of sources, including interviews, patents, state records, and national archives, the author has brought together documents and history never before assembled in one place. The existence of a mouse Micky before Disney's character is proven.
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Despite what most people think, "Mickey Mouse" wasn't the first mouse to amuse the hearts and minds of children. A man from the world of toys and how his unique creation occurred at nearly the same time as Disney's provides a unique mystery about which speculation lives vibrantly to this day. In tracing the struggle of the toy company's steadfast president, Torrence Dietz, this absorbing book covers the history of the toy company, its wondrous toys, and why people think of Walt Disney when they see the toy company's enigmatic wooden mouse named, "MICKY." Since the question of whether these men crossed paths in the marketplace is a key element to the mystery, the author has tried to objectively address the questions of how, when and why an encounter should have ever happened.
The development of Torrence's career and the growth the toy company are reconstructed and intertwined with world events. In the quest to explain the toy company mysterythe author has brought together documents and history never before assembled in one place. The in-depth documentation of the wooden toys manufactured by the Performo-Toy Company makes this book a valued reference for collectors and, from a historical sense, a valued resource.The book is rich with over 60 pictures of toys now considered collectibles, as well as patent and trademarks related to cartoon and toy characters of the late 1920s and early 1930s. The reader interested in the history of Walt Disney and in particular, the formative period of "Mickey Mouse" will find rare background information.
All this conjecture aside, what of "Micky's" unknown soldier, Torrence Dietz? We can only guess the autumn thoughts of a man, who after reaching the edge of something wonderful, had witnessed with a sinking heart his business and dreams failing.