A narrow beep for a vintage Mickey Mouse as it is rescued from RECYCLING and moved to a new home in the museum.
- A Mickey Mouse toy was found in a Monmouthshire County Council dump.
- A favorite toy from the 1930s was discovered by recycling center employees.
- A soft toy with signature white gloves will be shown at the Pontypool Museum.
A rare Mickey Mouse toy has a new home in the museum after being rescued from a clue.
The cuddly character, which dates back to the 1930s, was spotted by recycling center staff in a tip container.
A nearly identical example, the earliest version of Mickey, as he appeared in his 1928 animated short film debut, Steamboat Willie, is kept at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
The toy was found wearing the mouse’s signature gloves and button-down shorts in a Monmouthshire County Council junkyard.
It was made by one of the oldest teddy bear manufacturers in the UK, Dean’s toy factory in Pontypool.
The company, which dates back to the 1700s, was the first to create a Disney character in the UK in the 1930s, but went into management in 2005.
Counselor Jane Pratt said she hopes the discovery “encourages people to think twice before throwing things away.”
“You would be amazed at what great things have been saved,” she added.
The cuddly character (pictured), which dates back to the 1930s, was spotted by recycling center staff in a tip container.
Caitlin Gingell, curator of the Pontypool Museum where the toy will be on display, said it was “nice to have him back in his hometown,” adding, “We hope Mickey can turn to a professional restorer in the near future.” be cleaned and structurally supported.
Upon discovering the toy’s historical significance, Rachel Rogers, curator of the Abergavenny Museum, suggested that Mickey’s permanent home could be the Pontypool Museum, which is less than a mile from Dean’s old factory where it was made years ago.
Councilor Jane Pratt, Neighborhood Cabinet Member, said: “I think it’s great that Mickey, after his very long life, has been saved from the garbage!
“I’m glad future generations will see him in their new home.”
“It’s not every day you find something as special as Mickey, but you’ll be amazed at what great things are saved that would have been thrown away.”
Bargain hunters and antique lovers will be able to head to Monmouthshire County Council’s Llanfoist and Five Lanes Reuse stores from mid-March.
Buying used items is a great way to help the environment and reduce waste.
All proceeds from site reuse go towards planting trees in Monmouthshire to help fight climate change.