holabird and roche

Illustrated Handwritten Letter From Disney’s Silly Symphony Era, 1933.

“Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Hall, Chicago, Ill.

Dear Friends

Walt has asked told me to write and thank you For the Nice way you treated him while he was visiting in Chicago.

He left me at home to Do the work while He gallivanted around and took my bows – now he makes me write his ‘thank you’ – letters -

P.S. – WhatTA Boss – thank you, For him –

Sincerely Mickey Mouse”

The late Gilbert Phelps Hall (1884 - 1971) was a designer employed by the Chicago architectural firm, Holabird & Roche. During the Great Depression, Hall worked shortly in London as an established illustrator - only to return to the United States and work as a stage set designer in Hollywood. There he met Macy Mack to whom he wed in October of 1932. Hall’s connection with Walt Disney was through his wife; in the 1920s when Walt was bankrupt from his Alice Comedies series due to public’s lack of interest and moved to Los Angeles, California to start anew. Mack rented space to Walt during his struggle with money, loss of employees and the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.