Mickey Retro: Collecting Disney Auction

Eye vintage dolls, purses, silverware on Ventura Boulevard.

The drive from Van Eaton Galleries, at 13613 Ventura Boulevard, to Disneyland, which is located at 1313 Disneyland Drive in Anaheim, should ideally take a pinch under an hour (if traffic doesn't do its predictable stop-and-go thing).

But you can immerse yourself in the nostalgia of one of the most famous character-packed universes on the planet by wandering the many Mickey-fied items going up for auction on Saturday, June 18.

Nope, you don't need to bid on any of the Collecting Disney treasures to swing by the galleries and see the goods, and, no, Mickey Mouse isn't the only character present on the hankies and dolls and wristwatches and tea sets and, yes, pocket knives.

These wall-to-Walt artifacts date from decades back, right around the company's "Silly Symphonies" era, give or take a few years. And they all come with cachet for the serious Disney collector, as well as historic importance for anyone who simply wants a peek at their childhood past, or the early days of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pinocchio, and the Three Little Pigs.

So how does one spy these sweet tokens of days gone by? No wishing upon a star is required: The galleries are closed on Monday, but you can swing by Tuesday through Sunday, through June 17, to peruse some of the items from the catalog. 

Or you can page through the catalog online, stopping to look more closely at the Donald Duck Bisque Toothbrush Holder and a Pin the Tail on Mickey game.

While many media companies create household goods, games, and toys for their characters, The Walt Disney Company famously did so in a time when fashioning lines of dolls after animals in animated shorts wasn't done, or widely done, at least. 

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Even in animation's relative infancy, Walt Disney and his brother Roy had visions for Mickey's life off the screen and in homes around the world.

These artifacts are a memory-filled testament to that brand-building era, one that proved to be, for the company's long-reaching fortunes, both major and Minnie.

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