Mickey Mouse Card, Jamestown, NC
Mickey & Mini Wrap, Jamestown, NC
I packed all my earthly belongings in my new car after graduating from college and moved to the Kansas City area to follow my bliss for adventure and opportunity in the big city. One of the first job offers I received was from the headquarters of Hallmark cards in their operations area. However, instead of joining the company whose motto was “When you care enough to send the very best” I opted to join Hercules, a company that was supporting the Vietnam war effort by sending out our very best helicopter Mighty Mouse rocket propellants. Nevertheless, that first real job offer made me a lifelong fan of Hallmark cards. Ironically, I recently sent my new grandson in Chicago a Hallmark Disney Christmas card with Micky Mouse on the sparkly red and green cover!
Joyce Hall saw the opportunity in the new postcard craze of 1903 at his family store in Nebraska. Soon he was producing them and moved his business to Kansas City. By 1915 the Hall Brothers company had migrated to greeting cards and changed their name to Hallmark in 1928 after the hallmark symbols used by London goldsmiths.
Walt Disney was born in Chicago in 1901 and his family located to Kansas City in search of new opportunities in 1911. He and his brother Roy woke up at 4:30 every morning to deliver the morning Kansas City Times and repeated the exhausting route after school for the evening Kansas City Star. Walt copied newspaper cartoons and attended Saturday courses at the Kansas City Art Institute. He worked as an apprentice artist in 1919 drawing commercial illustrations for advertising and theater programs and catalogs. Disney moved to Hollywood, California in 1923 to be with his convalescing brother Roy where they formed Disney Studios. The now infamous cartoon character Micky Mouse was created in 1928, even though Walt initially named him Mortimer Mouse, which his wife Lilian considered too pompous and suggested that he be named Mickey Mouse.
Isn’t it interesting Christmas Karma that both Joyce Hall and Walt Disney had their roots in Kansas City where my family lived for 25 years, Hallmark and Mickey Mouse were both introduced to the world in the same year of 1928, and now ninety years later I purchased a Mickey Mouse Hallmark card for my grandson In Chicago whose father works for Disney?