Thursday, January 24, 2008

POP Employee Handbook

Here is a well-loved employee handbook from POP's second season in 1959. I can't quite decipher the notes on the front, but it appears that the former owner of this booklet was doing some sort of accounting when he should have been listening to the orientation. Or maybe he was some kind of bookie. Or maybe this booklet belonged to Bugsy Siegel. I may be getting carried away.

Some good info can be found in here, and there's a handy map, as well.

Next post: back to Disneyland






15 comments:

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Pure Gold! I will be reading the whole thing tonight, I live for this stuff... THANKS!

outsidetheberm said...

Thanks for that! Awesome piece.

And make sure you hear the audio Chris Merritt so graciously supplied back on our 'boat ride' post.

outsidetheberm said...

Just noticed they were called 'Polynesian Trader Boats' on your map.

jedblau said...

You're right! I should look at these things more closely!

Dave said...

Good stuff on both POP and Disneyland!

The last episode of "The Fugitive", which aired in August 1967 and was the highest-viewed TV show at the time (it held the record for about ten years afterward) had all of its climactic scenes filmed at POP, just after the park closed. It's pretty widely available on video.

jedblau said...

Yes, you're right about The Fugitive. You can also look for POP on episodes of The Twilight Zone, The Mod Squad, Route 66 and a few TV specials and films. If you do a Google search, I seem to rememeber seeing a list of POP-shot films/TV episodes somewhere.

Anonymous said...

Great booklet! Never saw that before.
OK- now on to Beverly Park...very hard to find images or anything from that place (now the beverly center) Closest I have besides the e-ticket magazine are some screen caps taken from a DVD.

Matterhorn1959 said...

Jed- amazing employee item! I have not seen this before. Now another thing to put on my list of things to find!

Viewliner Ltd. said...

What a piece of Gold. Awesome. Thanks

jedblau said...

Wow! I didn't expect this kind of enthusiasm. Thanks everybody!

Chris Merritt said...

WOW!

Great information there. Interesting that by 1959 Fred Harpman was no longer park Art Director - but "Design Director"and Maurice Ayers was "Park Superintentant" (he was responsible for most of Neptune's Kingdom).

Anonymous - I co-wrote that "E" Ticket article on Beverley Park - maybe I can send some of the Beverley Park images not used in that article to Jed for posting.

Mark London said...

That would be great Chris. The Haunted Castle is the hardest thing to find shots of...everyone went nuts with pony ride/carousel/ferris wheel photos! I loved that article though, the only one I've ever seen on BP. Actually I'm not so anonymous...just too "computer lazy" to log in every time I wanna leave a comment!
~ ML ~

Chris Merritt said...

I have a shot of the 'Haunted Castle' too - but give me a week or so - I am super busy right now, and need to dig the photos out...

Mark London said...

I believe that when I see it (and looking forward to it too!) I Wonder if some genius took any inside photos before they wrecked it? The only camera I had at the time came from Bert Wheeler's magic shop and squirted water at people! On another note, all you guys who are doing these local theme park blogs are doing some amazing stuff. I don't know how big the audience is for L.A. history, but this POP stuff has been great. Anyone have one of those felt pennants with King Neptune on it?

Anonymous said...

Chris,
I hope you find those Haunted Castle pictures too! I was obsessed by that ride. Once my dad convinced an attendant to let us ride through with the lights on. Can't remember much except for a giant spider on a vertical track, but it was a huge experience for me. That picture of the laughing big jaw face on the front of the ride really brought back memories. I'd forgotten all about him!