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WALTER LANTZ - ORIGINAL ART SIGNED - HFSID 172903

WALTER LANTZ His signed drawing of Woody Woodpecker on a First Day of Issue stamp display championing woodland habitats Original Art signed: "Walter Lantz". Drawing of Woody Woodpecker on a First Day Philatelic Display featuring the

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WALTER LANTZ
His signed drawing of Woody Woodpecker on a First Day of Issue stamp display championing woodland habitats
Original Art signed: "Walter Lantz". Drawing of Woody Woodpecker on a First Day Philatelic Display featuring the Ruffed Grouse, 18-cent Save Woodlands Habitats stamp affixed, postmarked Reno, Nevada, June 26, 1981, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. Walter Lantz (1900-1994), who was working in film animation from age 16, took over Universal Film's animation department in 1926. In 1935, the organization separated from Universal and became Walter Lantz Studios. Lantz was already producing popular movie cartoons, including Oswald Rabbit and Andy Pandy, when a noisy woodpecker at his wooded honeymoon cottage inspired him to produce his most popular character. Lantz produced Woody Woodpecker shorts - never a feature film - until 1975. Woody lives on, of course, under licensing agreements. The woodpecker's unforgettable laugh, originated by Mel Blanc, was furnished by Lantz's wife Grace Stafford (who had auditioned anonymously) after 1950. In 1979, Lantz received a special Academy Award for "bringing joy and laughter to every part of the world." Fine condition.

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