1924 handwritten letter from Walt Disney to Ub Iwerks
1924 handwritten letter from Walt Disney to Ub Iwerks is a letter that Walt Disney wrote to Mickey Mouse creator, Ub Iwerks in 1924, urging Iwerks to come to Hollywood and join his studio.
Iwerks agreed to Disney’s proposition and the two soon developed the idea for Mickey Mouse.
It has been said that if the letter was never written, Mickey Mouse may never have been created and Disney as we know it now would not exist.
The letter reads as follows:
"Dear friend Ubbe,
I'll say I was surprised to hear from you and also glad to hear from you. Everything is going fine with us and I am glad you have made up your mind to come out. Boy, you will never regret it – this is the place for you – a real country to work and play in – no kidding – don't change your mind – remember what ol' Horace Greeley said" 'Go west young man – go west!'
We have just finished our sixth comedy for M. J. Winkler and are starting tomorrow on the seventh of the first series of twelve. Miss Winkler is well pleased with them and has given us some high praise – she is leaving New York for here June 1st, and I believe we will be able to start a twice a month schedule, instead of our monthly schedule.
I can give you a job as artist-cartoonist and etc. with the Disney Productions, most of the work would be cartooning. Answer at once and let me know what you want to start and I will write more details. At the present time I have one fellow helping me on the animating, three girls that do the inking, etc. while Roy handles the business end. I have a regular cast of kids that I use in the picture and little Virginia is the star.
Write and tell me how soon you want to come out – if you can leave before the first of the month all the better – of course you would sell all of your furniture and also your car? Wouldn't you? I believe it would be best if you did. Anyways, write and let me know all the details. Give my regards to everyone at the Film Ad and the boys at the Arabian Nights, and also to your mother.
As ever your old friend.
Don't hesitate – Do it now – !
- P. D. Q. –
P.S. I wouldn't live in K.C. now if you gave me the place – yep – you bet –
Hooray for Hollywood – !!"
The letter was sold at a Profiles in History Walt Disney memorabilia auction on May 14th & 15th 2011.
It sold for $241,500.