Did you know today’s Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia about Walt and the Troops?
Just one day after Pearl Harbor, Walt Disney received his first military contract and began creating promotional reels, war bond advertisements, short training and instructional films, and other World War II materials. Also at this time, he received requests from military units all over the world requesting Disney-designed insignias and mascots. David Lesjak, a former employee and Disney historian says, “Insignia helped build morale. Having a cartoon character you grew up with on your plane–or shoulder patch–helped remind you of home. In my mind it was a happy diversion from the horrors of war.” (“Walt Disney’s Wonderful World,” by Jeremy Borden. On Patrol The Magazine of the USO, Volume 2, Number 1, Spring 2010.)
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