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    Sale 5238

    Film & Entertainment Memorabilia

    19 December 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 18

    Walt Disney

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    Walt Disney
    A typescript letter, signed, on Walt Disney Productions Inc. Alice In Wonderland illustrated stationery from Walt Disney to Mr. J.O.C. Samuel, Greywood, Surrey, England, 30th April, 1951, thanking Mr. Samuel for inviting Disney and his family to visit the miniature steam railway built by Mr. Samuel in his garden ...I am looking forward to seeing you again this summer and I know I shall get a thrill out of your railroad... We shall be staying at the Dorchester Hotel if you care to contact me, but rest assured I shall get in touch with you as early as possible after my arrival in London...Again many
    , signed in blue ink Walt Disney, 1p.; accompanied by a black and white photograph of Walt Disney driving a miniature steam
    train -- 8x10in. (20x25cm.); three black and white snap-shots of the miniature railway, all -- 4½x3in. (11x7.5cm.), all attached to two album pages; and a drawing in pencil of a steam train Petunia by Peter Seabourne, signed and dated 47 by the artist -- 7x10in. (17.8x20.3cm.), attached to the verso of the album page bearing the letter (a lot)

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    The vendor's father, Mr Samuel, was a train enthusiast and started to build his own 1/8th scale steam model railway in 1947 in his garden. Over the following 20 years the railway extended to over a mile long with tunnels, bridges, an engine shed, signals, signal boxes and up to 12 steam engines, all built to scale. Train lovers and fanatics were attracted to the site from all over the world. According to the vendor, in 1950 Walt Disney initiated the building of Carolwood Pacific Rail Road in California, a model railway designed to the exact dimensions of Samuel's Greywood Central Railway [GCR] in Surrey. The following year Disney made contact with Samuel to exchange ideas which led to visits from both parties to each other's steam railways. The vendor remembers Disney's trip to Greywood in 1953, where her mother prepared a lunch for Disney and his wife Lillian. Over the years Disney and Samuel became friends as well as advisors, as is evidenced by the correspondence in the following four lots.

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