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Here's What Mickey Mouse Looked Like In The Early Years Of Disney

On Nov. 18, 1928, Mickey Mouse premiered in Walt Disney's Steamboat Willie and the world became a bit more magical.

Posted on November 18, 2018, at 11:43 a.m. ET

Mickey Mouse in a scene from Steamboat Willie, 1928.
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Mickey Mouse in a scene from Steamboat Willie, 1928.

A group of musicians record sound for a Mickey Mouse cartoon, 1932.
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A group of musicians record sound for a Mickey Mouse cartoon, 1932.

Cartoonist Floyd Gottfredson making a drawing of Mickey in the studio, 1933.
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Cartoonist Floyd Gottfredson making a drawing of Mickey in the studio, 1933.

Baird Television Development Company employees demonstrate their new television model with a Mickey Mouse cartoon, 1935.
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Baird Television Development Company employees demonstrate their new television model with a Mickey Mouse cartoon, 1935.

Mickey Mouse on top of a pile of letters he received from fans.
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Mickey Mouse on top of a pile of letters he received from fans.

Walt Disney congratulates Mildred Lee Chanter for winning a contest for making the best Mickey out of snow in Lake Arrowhead, California, 1933.
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Walt Disney congratulates Mildred Lee Chanter for winning a contest for making the best Mickey out of snow in Lake Arrowhead, California, 1933.

A Mickey Mouse balloon floats along the route of the Thanksgiving Day parade in Boston on Nov. 24, 1938.
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A Mickey Mouse balloon floats along the route of the Thanksgiving Day parade in Boston on Nov. 24, 1938.

An employee at Madame Tussaud's waxworks museum in London puts the finishing touches to a waxwork of Mickey Mouse on Nov, 7, 1930.
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An employee at Madame Tussaud's waxworks museum in London puts the finishing touches to a waxwork of Mickey Mouse on Nov, 7, 1930.

J. Edgar Hoover, the first FBI director, wears a Mickey Mouse mask at a New Year's Eve party in New York City, 1937.
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J. Edgar Hoover, the first FBI director, wears a Mickey Mouse mask at a New Year's Eve party in New York City, 1937.

Mickey Mouse at the wheel of a car bearing his personal coat of arms, at the Mickey Mouse Studios just outside of Los Angeles on Feb. 21, 1933.
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Mickey Mouse at the wheel of a car bearing his personal coat of arms, at the Mickey Mouse Studios just outside of Los Angeles on Feb. 21, 1933.

Pilot Admiral Prune in the cockpit of his Lancaster bomber during World War II, 1942.
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Pilot Admiral Prune in the cockpit of his Lancaster bomber during World War II, 1942.

A warden fits a Mickey Mouse respirator onto a child's face during World War II, 1939.
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A warden fits a Mickey Mouse respirator onto a child's face during World War II, 1939.

Girl reading the Mickey Mouse and the Pirate Submarine comic book in Pittsburgh, 1947.
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Girl reading the Mickey Mouse and the Pirate Submarine comic book in Pittsburgh, 1947.

The original cast of The Mickey Mouse Club, 1955.
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The original cast of The Mickey Mouse Club, 1955.

Walt Disney examines a model of Disneyland while chatting with his imagineers in Los Angeles, 1954.
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Walt Disney examines a model of Disneyland while chatting with his imagineers in Los Angeles, 1954.

Planted flowers in the design of Mickey Mouse's face are at the entrance of the newly opened Disneyland, 1955.
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Planted flowers in the design of Mickey Mouse's face are at the entrance of the newly opened Disneyland, 1955.

Walt Disney with Mickey Mouse in the background, circa 1955.
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Walt Disney with Mickey Mouse in the background, circa 1955.

CORRECTION

The fifth and sixth photos were misdated in an earlier version of this post.


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