A California man poses a mystery for the History Detectives with a box of cartoon drawings and cels.
He tells us he bought the box about ten years ago at a salvage yard in Berkeley. Host Tukufu Zuberi doesn’t recognize most of the characters in these drawings, but the condition of the art leads him to believe they’re old.
One cel depicts a woman in a hospital bed, with a “get well” message signed by eleven people.
What role did these drawings play in the history of animation? And who are the people behind the signatures on this “get well” cel?
This investigation takes us through the early years of animation and introduces us to some of the unsung heroes behind the art.
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