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One of the anniversary show's production segments was a tribute to Walt Disney, which featured a stage set-duplication of Walt Disney's Burbank film studio office, based upon the studio's archive photographs. Art director Hub Braden sourced the Disney Property Department where all the furniture from Walt Disney's office had been stored after Disney's death. All of Walt Disney's original office furniture had been incorporated in the property division's inventory. With the archive photographs, every stick of accurate furniture pieces was located, including the original desk top office accessories. Disney's desk had an unusual shape and appearance. The 50's era desk was not just a block of wood. Instead, the desk design was shaped like a boom-er-rang, with an angled middle wide-point, the front thick wood edges rounded, tapering to the sides for a narrow side rounded edge, similar to a flying wing. The desk top middle was wide, giving the appearance of a jet wing waiting to take off. The property department, adjacent the main loading door, displayed Walt Disney's private collection of fire-men helmets that Disney displayed in his private office. All of this material was used in dressing the television show's "Disney Office" stage setting. Upon completion of the television special, all of these office items were returned to the Disney Property Division's premises. About ten years afterwards, the Disney Studio decided to reduce the Property Department's inventory with a parking lot sale. Braden attended the preview of the property items placed in the parking lot only to discover the Walt Disney original office furniture, including his "wing-man's desk," his swivel arm chair, credenza, and all the office accessories were included in the sale. When Braden alerted the property manager about these items, the manager replied, "I was told to get rid of them!" This weekend sale removed all of Walt's original office furniture from the studio lot FOREVER! Some lucky individual has a couple of invaluable pieces - but does not know the value of the items purchased at the sale. See more
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