Monday, August 01, 2011

I have been spending the last two weeks in a time machine thanks to the online archives of various European newspapers. The most interesting of them all when it comes to Walt, for some unknown reason, is the Spanish daily La Vanguardia. I will quote from it often over the next few weeks.

November 22, 1933: Dr. Henry Niese, right, Argentine Consul presented a diploma to Walt Disney, on behalf of the National Academy of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires, in recognition of Disney's film cartoons. Beside being signed by all the directors and professors of the Academy, the diploma contains the signatures of 1,000 graduates of the Institution, many of whom are famous artists throughout South America.

We also learn from La Vanguardia that this is the second such homage that Disney gets from a Latin American country. Earlier that year he received a similar diploma from the Academia Nacional de Artes y Ciencias de la Habana, Cuba.

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