Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Santa's Village Lake Arrowhead California

Two black and white and slightly out of focus black and white snapshots of Santa's Village in Lake Arrowhead California. A fun park that opened before Disneyland and featured the typical Santa Claus attractions including meeting Santa every day of the year, a toy shop, and a frozen north pole. The first snap shot is of the entry building as seen from the parking lot. I like the great directional sign out front and the fake snow line on the peak of the A-frame.

Next up is the home of the big man himself, Santa Claus. Note the countdown clock until December 25th.

There are rumors that an investment group is working to re-open the park in the future.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Coney Island Memories

Since Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer, I am posting two nice early postcards of Coney Island. Coney Island is a mecca for summertime fun and has featured many fun rides over the years. The first postcard from this wonderland by the sea is the Wonder Wheel at night published by the owner and manufacturer of the ride, the Eccentric Ferris Wheel Company. The postcard is dated 1920.

The second postcard is earlier and features a fun house attraction, the Noah's Ark. The ride would slowly rock back and forth while guests would see vignettes of Noah and the animals. This postcard features the great background of roller coasters and advertising. I like the giant open mouth of the Whale.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Souvenir Friday- New Orleans Square Coffee Cup Sample

A great piece of sample merchandise is this early New Orleans Square coffee cup. Featuring graphics of the buildings and wrought iron work as seen on other New Orleans Square merchandise, the cup has a nice shape. I do not believe this ever made into production. The cup has a label on the inside for the Sanko Tsusho Company of Nagoya Japan.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Alice, Main Street and Matterhorn Christmas 1959

A set of three snapshots from December 1959. The snapshots are all mounted on one page in the posted order. First up is a nice overhead view of Alice In Wonderland with several caterpillars out on the track. In the background is Fantasyland prior to the addition of skull rock.

A quick stop for a portrait shot in front of the Main Street Cinema with the glory of Main Street decorated for Christmas in the background. The Cigar Store Indian looks especially proud in this image. Note the sandwich board advertising some silent film starring comedian Mack Swain.

Last image is from the Skyway again featuring the new Matterhorn mountain with the Monorail station off to the right and the Yacht Bar on the right.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Backside of Donald

Last week I posted several photographs of characters at Disneyland. Here is another set, some with rather interesting poses for the characters. First up is the Alice in Wonderland characters interacting with guests. The Alice is very engaged with the guests while the Walrus and Mad Hatter are looking for other guests.

Next up is the Mouse that started it all, and he is surrounded by adoring fans. Be sure to note the Santa Fe Disneyland conductor coming in to work. Also in the background one of the guests is wearing a neat souvenir hat.

The final image is an interesting pose with the backside of Donald. Check out the stroller and the bag with some great souvenir.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Early Frontierland Circa 1956

Two views of early Frontierland. First up is the newly constructed Fort Wilderness up on the hill overlooking the Rivers of America. I wonder what happened to the gate sign? I believe the new version of the Fort has a different sign.

The next view is of the friendly Indian village. Note the 1890s telephone and power lines in the background. Also notice how close the railroad tracks run to the village.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Two Disneyland Docks

Two snapshots of different docks at Disneyland. First up is a nice view of the Frontierland dock with the Mark Twain arriving. It is interesting that a guest is out on the dock close to the Mark Twain. The photograph shows a nice view of the workings of the Mark Twain.

Next up is a view of one of the jungle launches arriving back from the perilous three month tour of the jungle. The launch is fully loaded with guests. Oh how I miss the striped canopies.