Paquebot “Koutoubia” 1958, Compagnie de Navigation Paquet, Marseille
How did everyone’s favorite mouse end up on the cover of a menu aboard the Paquebot Koutoubia, a steamship that sailed between France and Morocco with stops in the Canary Islands and Senegal, West Africa.
This 1958 illustration shows just how popular Mickey Mouse was as a cartoon character and we assume it was drawn as a tribute to the little guy.
The real Mickey Mouse was created in 1928 by Walt Disney (1901- 1966) and his friend and fellow animator and cartoonist Ub Iwerks (1901- 1971)
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Iwerks met Disney at an art studio in 1919. Both men worked as illustrators on a Kansas newspaper and then went into business together, locating to Los Angeles.
Iwerks refined the sketch of Mickey first drawn by Disney and did much of the animation for the film.
Both men, pioneers of the American animation industry, survived a falling out in their early careers and went on to work together for decades.
Iwerks was posthumously named a Disney Legend in 1989.
Each order includes a print of the interior menu.
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