Vintage Mickey Mouse toy rescued from recycling

Vintage Mickey Mouse toy rescued from recycling BLOG Thursday 24th February 2022


Vintage Mickey Mouse toy rescued from RECYCLING and moved to a museum.

A rare Mickey Mouse toy has a new home in a museum after it was saved from the tip.

The cuddly character, which dates back to the 1930s, was spotted by staff at a recycling centre in a container destined for the tip.

An almost identical example – the earliest version of Mickey, as he appeared in his debut 1928 animated short film Steamboat Willie – is held by the V&A Museum in London.

Wearing the mouse’s trademark gloves and buttoned shorts, the toy was found at a Monmouthshire County Council waste site.

It was made at one of UK’s oldest teddy bear makers, the Dean’s toy factory in Pontypool.

The company, which dated back to the 1700s, was the first to make the Disney character in the UK in the 1930s but fell into administration in 2005.

Councillor Jane Pratt said she hoped the discovery ‘will encourage people to think carefully before they throw things away’.

‘You would be amazed at what great things get saved,’ she added.

The cuddly character, which dates back to the 1930s, was spotted by staff at a recycling centre in a container destined for the tip.

Caitlin Gingell, curator at Pontypool Museum, where the toy will go on display, said it was ‘lovely to be bringing him back to his home town’, adding: ‘We hope that Mickey can go to a professional conservator in the near future, to be cleaned and structurally supported.

After discovering the historical importance of the toy, Rachael Rogers, curator of Abergavenny Museum, suggested that Mickey’s forever home might best be Pontypool Museum – which is less than a mile from the old Dean’s factory where it was made all those years ago.

Councillor Jane Pratt, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “I think it’s wonderful that Mickey has, after his very long life, been saved from the rubbish!

‘I am delighted that he will be viewed by generations to come in his new home.”

‘It is not every day you find something as special as Mickey, but you would be amazed at what great things get saved that would have simply been thrown away.”

Bargain hunters and antique enthusiasts will be able to head to Monmouthshire County Council’s Llanfoist and Five Lanes Reuse shops from mid-March.

Buying reused items is a great way to help the environment and reduce waste.

All profits from the reuse sites go to tree planting in Monmouthshire to help in the fight against climate change.



1              Steamboat Willie 1928, 8 min.

2              Mickey’s Christmas Carol 1983, 26 min.

3              Brave Little Tailor 1938, 9 min.

4              Thru the Mirror 1936, 9 min.

5              Haunted House 1929, 7 min.

6              The Band Concert 1935, 9 min.

7            Clock Cleaners 1937, 9 min.

8              Mickey and the Beanstalk 1947, 29 min.

9              Lonesome Ghosts 1937, 9 min.

10           Pluto’s Christmas Tree 1952, 7 min.

11           The Mad Doctor 1933, 7 min.

12           Mickey’s Trailer 1938, 7 min.

13           Mickey’s Choo-Choo 1929, 7 min.

14           Plane Crazy 1928, 6 min.

15           Moving Day 1936, 9 min.

16           The Barnyard Battle 1929, 7 min.

17           Magician Mickey 1937, 8 min.

18           Hawaiian Holiday 1937, 8 min.

19           Wild Waves 1929, 7 min.

20           Ye Olden Days 1933, 8 min.

And don’t forget Fantasia (1940), Mickey & Minnie’s Sweetheart Stories (1950), Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983), The Prince and The Pauper (1990), The Three Musketeers (2004), Mickey Mouse (2012), Mickey and the Roadster Racers (2016)

REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

– Nicolas Chamfort



“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” —Helen Keller


Happiness is…Mickey Mouse media and merchandise.


Where do you find a cow with no legs? Wherever you left it.


Love is…being with your most favourite human being in 7 billion.


A time to be the pride of the toy collection…A time to be on the dump…A time to be rescued, restored and put on show in the museum.







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