1900–1949

1901

March 24: Academy Award-winning animator and cartoonist Ub Iwerks is born in Kansas City, Missouri. Iwerks is best known as the creator of Mickey Mouse.

1903

August 7: Academy Award-winning animator Rudolf Ising is born in Kansas City, Missouri. He later worked with Walt Disney at Laugh-O-Gram films. With his partner Hugh Harmon, he founded the Warner Brothers and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer animation studios.

1905

August 21: Academy Award-winning animator Friz Freling is born in Kansas City, Missouri. Freling became the most prolific director of Warner Brothers cartoons. Later, he co-founded DePatie-Freling Enterprises where he co-created the Pink Panther.

1910

J. C. Hall forms Hall Brothers, the company that would later be named Hallmark.

1919

Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks meet while working at the Pesman Art Studio in Kansas City, Missouri. The two became close friends.

1922

May: Walt Disney opens  Laugh-O-Gram Films in the McConahay Building at 1127 East 31st in Kansas City, Missouri. The studio’s employees include future animation legends Ub Iwerks, Hugh Harman, Rudolph Ising, Carmen Maxwell, and Friz Freleng.

1923

July: Walt Disney’sLaugh-O-Gram Films declares bankruptcy. Disney sells his animation camera and moves to California along with other animators, including Ub Iwerks.

1927

Friz Freling moves to California to join the Disney animation studio.

1928

Hall Brothers begins using the name Hallmark on its greeting cards.

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