Mickey Mouse was born Steamboat Willie in 1928, starring in a cartoon of the same mane. His next appearance was as Mickey Mouse and over the next 7 years he went through a number of design changes (and with heavy promotion), emerging as the Mickey Mouse we know and love in 1935. As Steamboat Willie he was decidedly "rat" looking so the design changes included a shorter nose, a plumper body and white gloves.
This lawn ornament or theater display piece has many of the pre-1935 characteristics and dates close to the original Willie. The paint is original and un-retouched. There is some paint loss consistent with age. The wooden stand is a replacement.
He is 8 1/2" wide, 18 1/2" tall and 3/4" thick - cut from a single board. On the stand he is 27" tall.
So call him Mickey or Willie, either way he is a great example of early Mickey Mouse memorabilia.
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