an original Performo Micky Mouse toy
Rene Grove and Larry Grove
Rene Grove, Creator of the first Micky Mouse toy
Disney's Mickey Mouse Patent  
Filed: October 30, 1929.
Issued: December 16, 1930  
Rene Grove's Micky Mouse Patent  
Filed: June 3, 1926.
Issued: August 17 1926
History Detectives on PBS
Read more about it from the
History Detective transcript  
episode 302: "
TOY MOUSE"
Popular history has it that Mickey Mouse was born from a
drawing sketched on a napkin by Walt Disney during a
train ride from New York to Los Angeles in 1928.

Disney's wife detested the mouse's original name
"Mortimer" and suggested "Mickey."

Mickey Mouse became the biggest fictional character
moneymaker in the world, bringing in over $5.8 billion
annually.

A San Francisco toy collector, however, believes his
small mouse figurine may turn the legend of Mickey on
its ears.

With a red label on its chest that reads "Micky" and a
patent label on the bottom of one foot that says "Pat. Aug.
17, 1926," the figure appears to have been produced two
years before Walt Disney created Mickey Mouse.
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First Row (L to R) Rene Grove  and  brother Larry Grove

Rene Grove Designer of the Mouse Toy
Larry Grove, my Grandpa, named the toy mouse "Micky"