Monday, December 29, 2008

Post Number 1000

After a little over three years of posting images, I have come to post number 1000. For this post, I have chosen a very rare set of photographs from a Disneyland trip in 1958. The first image is of a busy day on Main Street with all the vehicles on the move.

The two boys in the family next head to Frontierland to check out the stockade fort entrance.

Heading into Frontierland they spot the newly opened Columbia Sailing ship.

But rather than ride the sailing ship, they decide to board the Mark Twain. The boat looks rather full.

The older brother with prescient knowledge recreates a scene that will be acted several years later by Leonardo DiCaprio on a larger boat while a syrupy sweet pop song plays on the soundtrack.

Deciding to ride another boat, the family moves to Adventureland and the Jungle River Cruise. Both of the boys have the distinction of riding up front with the fearless jungle skipper.

The two boys of the family then decide to spin the afternoon away by enjoying the Mad Tea Party ride in Fantasyland.

The younger spies the pond at the Chicken of the Sea restaurant and decides that it looks like his swimming hole back home. He starts to disrobe to jump into the cooling water.

Finally the boys board the train and get to ride in the caboose. (The collector in me is coveting the fantastic drum head sign with the early Disneyland script.)

The train ride was not just any ordinary train ride, but a special one with Walt Disney in the cab. Here Walt exits the C.K. Holliday after the ride.

I want to thank everyone who has commented, corrected and supported me with this blog. I do want to thank my Dad and Brother for helping to find images to fill this blog. I also want to acknowledge Dan from A Sampler of Things for his inspiration and for images he has sent to me. Thanks everyone for a fun 1000 and I promise to continue to post items.

18 comments:

The Glamorous Life said...

Wow you hit 1000 with a BANG! These are wonderful photos!

Were these kids VIPS? seems they got a lot of special treatment!

LOVE this site. Hope you keep it up!

Thufer said...

congrats on the 1K
keep up the good work

sroden said...

congrats on the thousand!!!!!!! that's incredible consistency. the image of walt is pretty great...

Matt said...

Truly a milestone, and an inspiration to us all. Guess I need to post something today ...

Major Pepperidge said...

CONGRATULATIONS, Patrick! When you started this blog, did you ever think you would get to 1000 posts??

Thank you for all of your hard work, your passion for Disneyland and other parks is inspiring. I know it helps keep me going sometimes!

That photo with Walt is so awesome, I would love to have just one picture with him in it!

Chris Merritt said...

Wow - congrats PJ! I really love this blog - your images continue to astound me!

jedblau said...

Way to go, Patrick!

Jacqueline Korteland Boller said...

THANK YOU!!! This is by far my favorite Disneyland memorabilia type website or blog!! Good work in finding those unusual, unique, and special things...you never cease to intrigue and amaze me!

Davelandweb said...

Patrick - Many congrats on reaching 1000 and for inspiring the rest of us. Oh yeah...pretty cool image of Walt at the end. How amazing would that have been to be on a train engineered by Walt himself. Excellent post!

Christine H. said...

Congratulations on 1000! I love your blog and all the fantastic photos you post. Keep up the great work and I look forward to the next 1000!

Pfeiffer Photos said...

Congrats on 1000! I enjoy visiting your blog on every new post; the photos are so fun and nostalgic!

outsidetheberm said...

What a milestone - thanks for every one of those 1000. This set is outstanding.

Now a question - are you certain this entire set is from 1958? Some of the images appear earlier than that. With Walt (Wow!) in the mix, it just makes you wonder what the event may have been - and how they had such easy access to him!

walterworld said...

Bravo on 1000 posts!

Thanks for all of your hard work, I really enjoy visiting your Blog.

Take care!

Andy from Mouskingdom said...

Congrats!!! Up to the next 1000

Dan Goodsell said...

Well Patrick I am glad you took the Disneyland photoblog concept and ran with it. The archive you have created and continue to create will be enjoyed for years to come.

I think it is a great thing to share of your knowledge and collection. THanks for taking the time.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

WOW-WOW-WOW, I'll be gazing at this set all day (no work for me I guess!) Congratulations on 1000 posts, OMG, that's amazing! Thanks so much for all your hard work, your blog, Major's and Dave's (The Trio of DL Blog gods) have inspired me as well! Unbelievable photo of Walt, did you know that was part of the series when you acquired it?

George Taylor said...

Wowza!

Thanks for providing so many amazing images on your site and thanks for all of the work and money you put into it.

Even thoough most of the shots are in black & white, you have made the blog-o-sphere a brighter place!

Tinker Bell said...

Happy 1,000th!! Your blog is always such a joy to visit! :) Keep up the great work!