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    Victory Through Air Power Painted Background (Walt Disney, 1943). Disney's feature-length animated World War II propaganda film had an opening segment called "History of Aviation." This is a hand-painted Master production background from the segment that showcased Calbraith P. Rodgers' first transcontinental flight, in 1911. He took 69 short hops and had 15 crashes; his flight was followed by a train with spare parts. Publisher William Randolph Hearst had offered a $50,000 prize to the first aviator to fly coast to coast, in either direction, in less than 30 days from start to finish. Rodgers' effort took 49 days. This background may be seen at the 9:56 mark in the film. The background is painted in gouache with vibrant colors on a 16 field 5-peghole background sheet; it's marked 2012, with a Disney Studio stamp on the reverse, as well as signatures from animation director and Disney Legend, Don DaGradi. This is a beautiful painting of the USA in its own, showing the New York to Pasadena track Rodgers followed in his flight. There is a slight tear along the left side bottom border, with minor tape; overall condition is Fine.

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