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Walt Disney
Author: 
Jason Roe

Born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1901, Walter Elias Disney moved with his family to Marceline, Missouri, at the age of five. In 1910 or 1911 (sources differ), the Disney family moved to Kansas City, where Walt helped his father and brother deliver Kansas City Star newspapers at 3:30 a.m. Disney and his friends created "Laugh-O-grams," which were very short silent animation clips that complemented feature films at the Newman Theater in Kansas City, and by 1922 he opened his first animation studio on the second floor of the small McConahy Building on 31st Street.

Walt Disney seated at a drawing board at Laugh-O-Gram Films/Disney Studio in Kansas City, Missouri.

Walt Disney's Laugh-O-Gram office, located in the second story of the McConahay Building at 31st Street and Forest Avenue.

A group of people working in the Laugh-O-Gram office, located in the second story of the McConahay Building at 31st Street and Forest Avenue. Posters for 'Jack and the Beanstalk', and for 'Goldie Locks and the Three Bears' are shown.

Staged shot with a fake camera on the roof of the Laugh-O-Gram building. Walt Disney holding a gun over Carman Maxwell; Ub Iwerks is "directing"; Adolph Kloepper behind the camera; Rudolf Ising standing in the background.

Marion Cauger, friend of Walt Disney, seated on a statue of a lion at the Thomas H. Swope Memorial in Swope Park, Kansas City, Missouri. Marion was the nephew of Arthur V. Cauger, operator of the Kansas City Slide Company at 2449 Charlotte Street. A. V. Cauger employeed both Marion and Walt at the company.

Date: 
April 2nd 1922

A portrait of Walt Disney.

A portrait of Walt Disney.

Date: 
1931
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