1916 Vintage WALT DISNEY First Investment Stock Certificate as 14 Year Old Teen. A remarkable 1916 document representing the first stock certificate ever issued in the name of Walt Disney.For one of the twentieth century's most visionary entrepreneurs, documents from Walt Disney's formative years are nearly impossible to obtain... Particularly those related to Walt Disney's very first corporate investment. Nothing comparable to this document is known to exist. Though he was only 14 years of age at the time...
The spectacular miracle of this story is that only seven years later... Walt and Roy Disney had moved to Hollywood and on October 16, 1923 they would found the Disney Brothers Studio. That same company is known today as The Walt Disney Company and in 2023 will celebrate their 100th Anniversary year.
Very few personal Disney family items have been known to appear outside the collections of the Walt Disney Family Museum (San Francisco), the Walt Disney Archives (Burbank), or the Walt Disney Hometown Museum (Marceline). Chicago's O-Zell Company stock certificate, for 50 shares in the name of Walter E. Disney (Certificate #1644); dated October 30, 1916 and signed by O-Zell Company secretary, G.
The document is also signed in black ink by O-Zell Company president, Ernest Scrogin. Embossed with O-Zell's corporate seal; noting 1911 as the year in which O-Zell was incorporated. Certificate is 8" x 11"; previously tri-folded. This was the final engraved version of the illustrated O-Zell stock certificate; using the company's "OZ" corporate logo. It was known that in 1900 author L.
Frank Baum was living in Chicago 1667 N. Humboldt Boulevard when he published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. At the same time, Elias and Flora Disney had begun a family of their own in a small two-story home they had constructed at 1249 Tripp Avenue since renumbered as 2156 N. On December 5, 1901 their fourth son would be born in that very home... Only a few blocks from the site where Baum had written his bestselling book.
As such, by 1911 when O-Zell was incorporated, the Wizard of Oz stories were both a hometown sensation and a nationwide phenomenon... And a likely candidate to be imitated by Chicago business owners hoping to ride the Oz coattails to success.
In order to raise their children (Herbert, Raymond, Roy, Walter and Ruth) in a more family-friendly rural environment, the Disney family would leave Chicago and move to Marceline, Missouri by 1906. However, within only a few years, Elias Disney's health began to suffer (believed to impacted by typhoid fever; followed by complications from pneumonia) and it became clear that he would no longer be able to manage this beloved family farm.
As Roy and Walt grew, they were given responsibility for delivering newspapers on the route that Elias Disney had obtained from the Kansas City Star in June of 1911. In actuality, the route was registered in the name of Roy O.
While the boys' earnings would be required in order to help run the family home, in 1912 Elias Disney began investing in a new beverage bottling company by the name of The O-Zell Company (1301 West 15th Street, Chicago, Illinois). Early marketing materials advertised their company slogan as: The Pure Fruit Drink. In later years, Elias, Flora, and Ruth would briefly return to Chicago as Elias negotiated for a management role within O-Zell. Though Elias would sell the Kansas City newspaper route prior to their move (March 17, 1917), Walt continued to deliver newspapers for the route's new owner and remained behind at the family home. This historic Walt Disney document was acquired through the estate of Ruth Disney Beecher (Walt's little sister and Elias & Flora Disney's youngest daughter).Upon the death of her parents, Ruth Beecher served as custodian for the document (and the other papers of the Elias Disney family archive) until her death in 1995. At that time, an inventory of these specific items was provided to The Walt Disney Archives in Burbank. A exceptional offering; worthy of the finest collection of historic twentieth century American artifacts. The item "1916 Vintage WALT DISNEY First Investment Stock Certificate as 14 Year Old Teen" is in sale since Tuesday, February 02, 2016.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Disneyana\Vintage (Pre-1968)\Other Vintage Disneyana". The seller is "saturdaystoys" and is located in La Canada Flintridge, California. This item can be shipped to United States.