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    Disney Aerial Photograph Map, ca. 1975

    Appraised Value:


    Appraised on: June 30, 2007

    Appraised in: Orlando, Florida

    Appraised by: Gary Sohmers

    Category: Collectibles

    Episode Info: Orlando, Hour 3 (#1206)

    Originally Aired: February 11, 2008

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    Form: Photo
    Material: Paper
    Period / Style: 1970s
    Value Range: $2,500

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    Appraisal Video: (3:12)


    Appraised By:

    Gary Sohmers
    Collectibles, Toys & Games

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: Well, I have here, Gary, an aerial photo taken in April of 1975 of the entire Walt Disney World property. It covers about 45 square miles.

    APPRAISER: Did you take this picture? Where'd you get it?

    GUEST: No, I didn't take it. This was taken by the aerial photography people to show the entire property and what we could do with it.

    APPRAISER: How did you get it?

    GUEST: Well, I was an Imagineer with WED Enterprises, which stands for Walter Elias Disney. I was honored to be an architectural designer there. This hung in our conference room for many years until we remodeled and it was going to be thrown away, and I said, "May I have it?" and they said, "Absolutely." So I've had it since.

    APPRAISER: How long did you work for the company?

    GUEST: I worked for just under ten years. So were you there when the parks opened? I came after the Magic Kingdom opened, but pre-Epcot Center. As a matter of fact, if you notice here on the map, the intention was to have World Showcase and the Theme Center like in two different directions, and that did not happen that way, as you can see. It's interesting, as all of this developed, they built, uh, Animal Kingdom, MGM, and the whole Disney City over here.

    APPRAISER: Absolutely. What was down over in this area?

    GUEST: Right there was just swamp area. But I think Celebration is down in this area now.

    APPRAISER: This is the whole town of Celebration

    GUEST: Just about.

    APPRAISER: down on this side.

    GUEST: Yes, sir.

    APPRAISER: his is interesting because it's an actual photograph.

    GUEST: Yes, it is.

    APPRAISER: And to print a large-sized photograph like this is complicated and expensive back then, for sure.

    GUEST: Yes, it is.

    APPRAISER: But what's interesting is this is actually two photographs

    GUEST: Yes, it is.

    APPRAISER: that were taped together in the center and used for architectural purposes, correct?

    GUEST: Yes, it was.

    APPRAISER: So all these red lines on here are like pieces of tape stuck to the photo.

    GUEST: That's the old style, yes, sir.

    APPRAISER: Same with the white pieces.

    GUEST: Right.

    APPRAISER: Now, this outlines the actual park property and includes I-4 down the middle of the property.

    GUEST: Yes, it does.

    APPRAISER: Which is kind of interesting that Walt would buy it that way, and they built out these interchanges in order to make it accessible for people.

    GUEST: Absolutely.

    APPRAISER: I really want to point out the damage that's incurred on here.

    GUEST: Yes.

    APPRAISER: And that's a fading that happens when the chemicals on the paper start to react to sunlight.

    GUEST: Okay.

    APPRAISER: And it will continue to deteriorate if it's in contact with sunlight. So in order to preserve its condition as it is, you're going to want to keep it out of sunlight. Disney actually owns all of the things that they produced.

    GUEST: Absolutely.

    APPRAISER: And even though they may have given it to you, at any point, if they choose to take it back, they feel they have a right to and can. As an artifact, it's a one-of-a-kind, unique object. And that object has its own intrinsic value. You are actually allowed to own and or potentially insure or sell an artifact. You have no licensing rights, reproduction rights or any other rights of ownership. So value-wise, for insurance, it would probably be about $2,500.

    GUEST: Okay. That's good to know.

    APPRAISER: Okay? If they were to reproduce it, they could probably turn it into $100,000, but you can't.

    GUEST: I understand that. Thank you very much, Gary.

    APPRAISER: Thanks for coming.

    GUEST: You bet.

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