Saturday, June 10, 2006

Liberty Street


After seeing Matterhorn1959's slides of the Hills Bros. Coffee House, I remembered this slide (dated January 1959). It's not the most exciting photo in the world, and the view of the Hills Bros. storefront is nowhere near as good as his. But if you look to the right you can see a rare view of the temporary "construction wall" announcing Liberty Street, "Grand Opening 1959". It really does seem odd that they had so many plans for this area and yet not a single nail was hammered home (as far as I know). Did the park's guests wonder why this construction area was so mysteriously quiet? I've seen photos where the sign announces "International Street" (Grand Opening 1957), and I'm pretty sure there are photos with "Edison Square" as well.

3 comments:

Chris said...

It's so clean.

Tangaroa said...

It' s really nice to see a shot of that in color! I didn't know it was blue originally. It was painted yellow when Hills Bros. expanded with their 'Coffee Garden'....

Merlinsguy said...

I can add a bit of info to this. In the far right, on the corner, was the stroller shop. You could rent a stroller to cart your kid around the park. If you look closely, you can see the strollers in a row.

Jimmy