Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Plantation House, December 29 1956


It's only a few days before 1956 turns into 1957 in this wonderful photo of the Plantation House. Folks are enjoying their lunches outdoors, some of them in short sleeves despite the fact that it's December. I really love this relatively close-up shot of this restaurant (taken from the Mark Twain of course)! Lots of folks are checking the Twain out as it chugs past, several of them with cameras. I've mentioned it before, but sailor hats were obviously a fun kid's fad for a few years. Was this the result of some popular TV show, similar to Davy Crockett and the coonskin caps? Or did they sell the sailor hats at the park? There are at least a couple of other souvenir hats visible in this image.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow! Insanely cool shot of the Plantation House! Whenever I go to Disneyland now, I picture how the area was back in the 50s. Such a wild thought. So much change. Awesome post! Thanks so much!

Davelandwebdotcom said...

Definitely one of the best closeups I have seen - thanks!

Matterhorn1959 said...

I really like the fact that this shows the Plantation house had second story dining. What fun that must have been.

Merlinsguy said...

I believe the sailor hats were popular because there were several places around the park where you could get your name sewn on them. They provided a big space for big writing, unlike other hats.

FoxxFur said...

My favorite old Disneyland hats are the small "Pan" style caps with the big feathers. They were at once charming and garish in a way that could never be replicated anywhere but Disneyland in the 50's. I think these were sold all the way up until the 70's...?

Fantastic shot by the way. The angle of the sun is great too - gonna be chilly out there soon!

DisneyDutchman said...

If you look through the left corner I believe you can see the wishing well. Those chairs are so cool!! Awsome Pic Major!!DD