Friday, May 01, 2015

1950s Disneyland Apron

A common household item that every housewife owned in the 1950s was an apron. Used to protect clothing when cooking or cleaning. Many tourist sites sold aprons as a souvenir. Of course Disneyland sold several different aprons in the 1950s. This is a nice apron with graphics of the Main Street Train Station, a Stagecoach for Frontierland and the Jungle River Cruise in Adventureland. Most of the aprons I have found have been unused as I think kids would buy an apron for Mom and she never used it.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sign Painter In Action

A backstage view of the Disneyland sign shop in action with a sign painter adding a nice outline accent to a popcorn wagon. The photograph is marked on the reverse Bob Wisniewski, Sign Painter.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

More Fun at Fort Cody

Fort Cody looks like a fun place to visit. Luckily the attraction is still open and welcoming visitors, although this version of the Fort no longer exists. The Fort originally opened in 1963 and then moved in 1968 to be closer to I-80 in North Platte, Nebraska. However, it appears most of the elements were moved. The Fort has been in the same family for two generations. For more information, you can visit Fort Cody Website. First up is an image of a teepee. While not as impressive as the teepees found in Disneyland, but still the kids are having fun.

Next up is a view of one of the relics that kids could sit on and imagine themselves at that time period. I like the painted signboard explaining the wagon and also the vending machines in the background.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Fort Cody North Platte Nebraska

A roadside attraction located in North Platte Nebraska is a giant fort and trading post. Fort Cody is named for showman Buffalo Bill Cody and opened in 1968. The first image shows the giant sign and statue of Buffalo Bill Cody in the parking lot. Unfortunately, this slide box had some water damage that affected the slide.

The second image shows the jail at Fort Cody. I like the sign with the names of the outlaws held in the jail. The jail and ground looks very rustic.

Monday, April 27, 2015

North Pole Colorado Visit circa late 1960s

South of Denver lies the majestic Pike's Peak and at the base of the peak is a little theme park called the North Pole. A Santa Claus park with lots of Christmas themed attractions and of course Santa Claus himself available for visitors. The first picture is of the entrance that basically still looks the same. The family looks excited for their visit.

Next is the family posing on a mushroom. I believe mushrooms show up at Santa Claus parks due to the connection to elves, and elves make the toys for Santa. Check out the wonderful shopping bag most likely filled with candy and toys.

The family once again poses at the old mill pond with the church in the background. This is still a park I love to visit and soak in the nostalgic vintage feel.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Souvenir Friday- Child's Sweatshirt

A great sweatshirt featuring some fun graphics for Disneyland. Based upon the graphics of the attractions, I would estimate the shirt as circa early to mid 1960s. I kind of wished this was my size as I would definitely be wearing it at Disneyland!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Frontierland Ticket Office

Not the central ticket office, but another Frontierland Ticket Office. This one is located near the entrance to Rainbow Caverns and the all the other attractions that traversed the Rainbow Ridge and Rainbow Mountain. Note that the Conestoga Wagons were half price when compared to the other attractions. Photograph was taken in early 1959. Another interesting sign is that Guided Tours were also available for purchase at this booth. The guy in the red sweater vest and white shirt appears to be a cast member.