Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Coming Soon: a New Adventureland in '62!
Saturday, December 29, 2007
No Post Today...
Friday, December 28, 2007
Now Open: Nature's Wonderland and More!
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Guest Editor: My Daughter Riley (5 Years Old)
Friday, December 21, 2007
Now Open: Grand Canyon Diorama & Monorai!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Opening Tomorrow: Disneyland '59!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Now Open: Grand Canyon Diorama!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Now Open: Alice in Wonderland, etc.!
Monday, December 17, 2007
Coming Soon: Tomorrowland 1959!
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Now Open: Rainbow Caverns!
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Now Open: The Mickey Mouse Club Circus!
Friday, December 14, 2007
The "Coming Soon!/Now Open!" Series Begins!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
1956 Art Corner "Catalogue"
A 1956 mail order catalog from the fabulous Art Corner. No attraction posters or signed biographies in this one, but since it's the earliest Art Corner catalog I have, I posted it first. I hope everyone finds the contents of this "catalogue" both interesting and unique. I'm certain, however, that everyone will find the contents to be ridiculously affordable.
I wanted to remind everyone that if there's a particular piece that you'd like to see featured on this blog, let me know. I aim to please, so if I have it, I'll post it. And, if anyone out there feels like contributing, don't be shy.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Sleeping Beauty Castle Gift Tag
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
1967 Tomorrowland Press Pass
This is a stick-on decal given to the press covering the 7/2/67 opening of the new Tomorrowland, which featured the debut of the beloved Peoplemover and Adventures Thru Inner Space. There's a nice press kit for this opening out there, but I've never acquired it. Though I do have a really cool informational handout and press schedule with awesome graphics that I will post at some point. It also features the rocket logo seen here, except the heavy-stock paper is cut in such a way that you can make the rocket look like it's blasting off. Too cool.
Monday, December 10, 2007
1955 Merlin's Magic Bag
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Mark Twain Ticket...w/ Purser's Check Attached!
Saturday, December 8, 2007
You Have Been "ALUMINATED!"
This nice and shiny card was handed out, like much of the cooler collectible Disneyland paper, as a free premium for visiting the Kaiser Aluminum Exhibit at Disneyland. They must have made lots of these, based on the serial number, but for some reason, they don't appear on the market very often. In fact, I didn't even know they existed until I had been collecting this stuff for at least 10 years. Check Ebay every now and then; a few have appeared in the past.
I have personally never doubted that aluminum really is the brightest star in the world of metals. In fact, I live my life around that basic tenet. Just for the record.
I love it when the Disneyland graphic is dropped into an ordinary font.
Friday, December 7, 2007
1957 Xmas Parade Route Map
I watched the annual Disneyland Christmas parade last night (same as last year's for those keeping score), and it made me think of this little item.
From 1957, this is the route for that year's Christmas parade with Grand Marshall Walt Disney. What's interesting is that the route begins next to the firehouse and ends deep in Frontierland, a big difference from how the parades have been run for decades now. Where did they hide the floats and costumes? Maybe between Main Street and the Jungle Cruise on one side, I guess, but Frontierland seems like a dead end.
There's also no specific date for this parade. Was it performed daily between December 20 and December 30? Was Walt the Grand Marshall for every performance? It would appear so.
Does anyone have any photos or more info on this 1957 parade? And is this art specific to this map? Can't remember seeing it elsewhere.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Table-Top Menu from Coke's Refreshment Corner
This table-top menu shows the very limited (but affordable) fare available to accompany your ice-cold Coca-Cola back in the day. Love the cut-out portraits of the couple a-courtin'. On the back is a brief history of the soft drink with a quick Disneyland plug.
Parenthetically, I met a woman once who worked at Refreshment Corner back in the day. She always admired the attraction posters that were hung throughout the park and asked for some to take home one day. The Disneyland art department sent over...are you sitting down?....2 OF EVERY POSTER THEY HAD IN THEIR INVENTORY. Her plans for them was....still sitting down?....to plaster them to the walls surrounding her pool! Thankfully, that plan never came to be, and she sold them via Howard Lowery and privately after they sat for years and years in her garage.
No post tomorrow, as I'm off to Disneyland with my family. Check back on Friday night/Saturday morning.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Art Corner Interior Postcard
I don't actually collect postcards; my obsessive-compulsive side would want a complete set, and that's a virtual impossibility. And there's always THE NICKEL TOUR to page through. But....this one is special. It's the only postcard I own other than some that my dad got when he went in 1955, but he cheaped out and only got those freebie Upjohn ones. However, I would love to get my hands on one of those jumbo Nature's Wonderland map cards. They are SWEET!
I get a headache and all jittery just thinking what one could have bought with $5 at the Art Corner back then. We could start with the now infamous McKim 1958 map with the Viewliner: $1.00, including shipping! And rolled! Oh, and let's not forget a hardcover 1st Edition of "The Story of Walt Disney" hand-signed by Walt himself: $3.95. Quick....get me some Tylenol and a double Cuervo.
I have a bunch of Art Corner catalogs in my collection that I will post as time goes on. The prices found therein will make your head spin.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Monorail Connects to Disneyland Hotel
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Now, today's post...
This item was a "holy grail" piece for me until I found it in a big lot of Disney World crap about 18 months ago. It was printed and distributed, probably inside guidebooks or at the main gate, in the summer of 1961 when the Monorail was connected to the Disneyland Hotel. I LOVE these "New Attraction" flyers and have loads of them. For some reason, though, this was the hardest for me to find, although I've known about it since 1992 or so when Dean Mancina published an article about his collection in the long-defunct fanzine Persistence of Vision.