Washing away amazing drawings

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Chuck Jones‘ first job was washing cels in the studio of Mickey Mouse creator Ub Iwerks.

Cels are transparent sheets of plastic which were used to draw all the frames of cartoon characters.
These cels were placed on background paintings, and each frame was photographed to create the animated cartoon.

Each cel costed 7 cents, a lot of money back then. Chuck Jones had to wash all the drawings away so they could use the plastic sheets for new animations.

This was the golden age, manual animation at it’s peak.
No one cared about saving the originals, it wasn’t part of the business.

I wonder what we are not saving today that could be very valuable in the future.