Walt Disney and Ward Kimball Posing in the Greenfield Village Tintype Studio, 1948

Summary

Walt Disney spent years imagining his ground-breaking theme park, Disneyland, before it opened in 1955. He traveled many places to find inspiration, including Henry Ford's Greenfield Village, which he visited twice in the 1940s. During his second trip in 1948, Disney posed for this portrait with one of his animators, Ward Kimball, in the village tintype studio.

Walt Disney spent years imagining his ground-breaking theme park, Disneyland, before it opened in 1955. He traveled many places to find inspiration, including Henry Ford's Greenfield Village, which he visited twice in the 1940s. During his second trip in 1948, Disney posed for this portrait with one of his animators, Ward Kimball, in the village tintype studio.

Artifact

Tintype (Print)

Date Made

23 August 1948

Subject Date

23 August 1948

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

91.0.44.52

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Metal
Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Tintype (Process)

Dimensions

Height: 5.875 in

Width: 3.875 in

Inscriptions

Handwritten in ink on mat: Walt Disney WARD KIMBALL GRIZZLY FLATS R.R. 8/23/48

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