I took the Walt Disney signature on muslin along with the 1952 letters from Koneta Roxby, Librarian for Walt Disney Productions (as it was called then) for Helen, Uncle Owen Pope’s sister, to check out Sunday. She confirmed the signature is Mr. Disney’s, but of course I need conformation from official Disney historians.
Lars Iverson, an old friend and amusement park professional is already on the job helping me find those who can verify. Lars’ wife and daughter work at Disney World and he has lots of connections. Lars is also very into memorabilia, the perfect sleuth for me.
Here’s a photo of the Pope House in Disney World. Aunt Dollie and Uncle Owen were the only residents of Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Bob spent summers with them at Disneyland. When he was old enough to work at the park, he explained, “I would roll out of bed, walk under the bridge and report for work on my job as ride operator on Snow White‘s ride.” Shortest commute ever, best first job ever. Is it any wonder Bob continued in the amusement park world the rest of his life?