Monday, June 27, 2016

Jungle River Cruise 1958

Two snapshots of the Jungle River Cruise in 1958. First up is the outrigger with sails that was docked across from the Jungle River Navigation Company docks. A quick and easy way to provide some nice theming and color to the start of the ride.

The second image is of Schweitzer Falls named after the famous explorer Albert Falls. This shows how much water used to flow across the falls. It made for a nice scene and felt cool with more water than is currently used for the falls.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Souvenir Friday- Plans for Storyland Zoo in North Platte, Nebraska

In the late 1950s up to the mid-1970s many service groups in communities spread throughout the United States developed Storyland theme parks for the young citizens of their community. In North Platte Nebraska, the Rotary club was working on a Storyland Zoo that would also feature some of the railroad heritage. This was late for the development of this type of park and it appears that the zoo was never constructed. The souvenir is an architectural story board featuring Jack and the Beanstalk and also the trains to be part of the zoo. The design and art is beautiful and I wish they had finished the park.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Lion and Jungle Cruise Natives 1958

The Jungle Cruise natives are celebrating the success of the hunt and a fresh lion. This scene has been changed and made less graphic with the dead lion hanging from poles.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Red Wagon Inn With Bare Landscaping

From November 1958, this black and white picture shows a bare landscaped Red Wagon Inn on the Plaza. There are very few guests waiting to eat so it must not be dinner or lunchtime.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Fantasyland Thanksgiving 1958

Two views of Fantasyland from Thanksgiving 1958. First up is the requisite photograph of Sleeping Beauty Castle with many guests. I do like the Mickey Mouse shaped balloon the older guest is holding. Note that the Christmas decorations are halfway up.

The second image is from the Skyway and shows the recently opened Alice In Wonderland attraction. The track has such a great winding design and I have always liked the look of the Caterpillar cars. Note the construction fence for the Matterhorn and that a male is operating the attraction.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Enjoying the Koi Fish With Topo Gigio

One of the main elements at the Japanese Village and Deer Park was the koi fish. Three kids are enjoying the swirling color of the koi fish. One lucky kid is holding her Topo Gigio doll.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Souvenir Friday- Square Metal Compact

A lovely souvenir that evokes the time period of the early 1960s is this lovely compact. Many a young lady would carry a compact to touch up her make up as needed throughout the day and evening. This is a nice square compact that probably would hold blush or powder. The design is etched on the front of the compact and features Sleeping Beauty's Castle surrounded by clouds.

here is the back of the compact.

I think the best part of the compact is the lovely box in pink and blue. This definitely catches my eye with a cartoony drawing of the castle surrounded by rays and stars.

The final image shows both the box and the compact.