Our daughter was a few months old. We had just started a new company. And money was in short supply. Disney had started the Disney Channel and we subscribed as a way to cut down on entertainment expenses and have something other than Saturday morning cartoons for our daughter. Since we were Disney subscribers, we started to receive the Disney catalog. In one of the first issues, they were selling "original cels" and I expressed some interest in them. My birthday was coming up and my wife decided to buy one. She dumped out a big change bottle and was able to come up with the $100 necessary to purchase a Winnie the Pooh cel (I had read some Winnie the Pooh to her on our first date). Here's the first cel we purchased:
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From unknown Winnie the Pooh film. First piece purchased. Two cels mounted in the same frame. Tigger is standing and screaming at the top of his lungs. Pooh is looking into an empty honey pot (sad expression). Walt Disney stamp. [Image: 10-5/16"W x 8.5"H] Acquired 1987. SeqID-0018
Over 20 years have gone by and the collecting has gotten WAY out of control. Unlike some collectors who buy and then sell to "trade up," like the Energizer Bunny we've just kept "buying and buying and buying..." The current count in the collection is over 3,000, but that includes the whole range of items we stuff in every empty location in the house.
For example, her are a few pictures we took around the house when we were on the verge of having to evacuate because of a nearby forest fire:
Images on the left wall are from "Peter Pan" (1953) and on the right are cels from "Snow White" (1937). Items in the display case are Disney toys and watches, along with TV-related items (e.g., the 1999 & 2001 NBC "Today Show" Greenroom Books autographed by those that appeared on the show, autographed scripts from the October 2000 "West Wing: The Shadow of Two Gunmen," Parts 1 & 2).
So, I thought it might be a good idea to put some of the images from our collection up on the web for others to see. Hope you enjoy.