Friday, August 01, 2014

Souvenir Friday- Early Ceramic Sleeping Beauty Castle Trinket Box

Today's post is a nice early souvenir ceramic trinket box featuring Sleeping Beauty Castle. Although not marked as an Eleanor Welborn piece, the decal does have a small EW in the artwork. My guess is this was made right after Welborn stopped manufacturing ceramic items for Disneyland and the new manufacturer was using up the stock of decals. The red bottom sets off the white lid quite nicely.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Final Three Kodachromes of Disneyland Circa 1956

The last three Kodachrome slides from 1956. The first view is of Town Square and Main Street from the Railroad Station. The waste can is very out of theming but charming in it's own way. I also like the patriotic bunting up on the light posts.

Next image is the entrance to Adventureland. Note the early elephant tusks with the severed head at the top of the sign.

Last image is of Fantasyland with the Tea Cups in the foreground and the Chicken of the Sea ship in the background. I love the color and clothes in this image especially the Hawaiian shirt being worn by the man in the middle of the image.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Castle Of Sleeping Beauty

More 1956 Kodachrome slides from Disneyland. Today the photographer focused on Sleeping Beauty Castle. The first image is from the hub and reminds me of the cover of the 1956 and 1957 Disneyland guidebooks. Quite a lot of activity and color in this image.

The next image is from the Carnation Gardens side of the Castle. Note the fire hydrant and the white picket fence as every princess wants a white picket fence, 2 kids and a dog.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mark Twain Coming Into Frontierland Dock 1956

Two more beautiful Kodachrome slides from 1956. The images show the Mark Twain coming into the Frontierland dock. In the background are the Conestoga Wagons and the Stagecoach attractions. The dock is rather barren looking as well.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Tomorrowland Circa 1956

I love finding great Kodachrome color slides as the color just pops. This week I will be showing a grouping of Kodachromes from a trip circa 1956. Instead of saving the best for last, I decided to brighten Monday with some nice views of Tomorrowland. The first image is of the Monsanto Hall of Chemistry with the fountains and the great 1950s atomic symbol on the building. Check out the young boy who is proudly wearing his souvenir hat.

The wonderful iconic TWA Rocket to the Moon in all it's glory. Check out the plethora of signs in the back and the crowd enjoying the shade.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Souvenir Friday- Squeeky Postcards

Two rare squeaker postcards from the early days of Disneyland. These were created by ASI (American Souvenir Incorporated)and sold in 1955 and 1956. The postcards have a small insert which when squeezed squeak. First up are Chip and Dale frolicing in the forests of Frontierland.

Next up is Figaro in Gepetto's house.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ocean Sky Ride at Pacific Ocean Park at Dusk

Last two POP images are of the bubble shaped Ocean Sky Ride. The photographs were taken at dusk and are slightly dark, but the views are very cool. First up is a view from the start of the ride looking out towards the end of the pier with the Jungle huts of the Banana Train Ride in the background.

The next image is a view from inside the ride with the pier and Santa Monica in the background.

Based upon reader's comments, here are both images reversed.