Thursday, September 18, 2008

Casey Jr., 1955

Let's return to 1955! Workmen are still scrambling to finish the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship, which is sort of behind us. The shores of the Storybook Land canal are still nothing more than dirt and weeds (weeds watered with the tears of disappointed children!), although the colorful Casey Jr. Circus Train brightens things up considerably. And, since Casey didn't debut until July 31, we know that this photo was taken sometime after that, but (obviously) before the Pirate Ship opened its galley on the 29th of August. I would imagine that guests saw Monstro, toothy jaws agape, swallowing boats one by one, and couldn't wait to see what other wonders were in store. Suckers!

If we zoom in, we can see that there are quite a few bits and pieces of the Pirate Ship still laying around. Planks of wood bent in a nautical fashion, a mast (or is it a "yard"?) complete with striped sails, a table saw and sawhorses... if you link back to this picture from the same lot, you'll see how far they still have to go!


TokyoMagic! said...

Truly amazing photo, Major! Can't get enough of your construction pics!

Anonymous said...

"Weeds watered by the tears of disappointed children"?? I've gotta remember THAT line when I write my next book! I love your clever way with words. Thanks for brightening my morning and for the interesting photos, Major!

The Viewliner Limited said...

Fantastic pics as always.

Katella Gate said...

Howdy Major,

The big yellow pole is one of the yards for the mast (the cross-piece that holds the sails aloft). The curvy pieces on the left look like Masonite templates for something with a curve.

I really love the table saw. That's when men were men... no saw shield, no break away safety gizmos, no child-proof interlocks, just 10 HP of raw, single phase electrical power spinning a rusty rusty blade way too fast. I can smell the saw dust from here.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Major "weeds watered with the tears of disappointed children" is classic, what a visual! You should win some type of blogger quote of the year award for that one!

Katella Gate, super description of when men where men. The last circular saw I bought had a lame plastic blade guard thing that made it useless as a saw, 1st thing I did was take that silly thing off!

Oh, and btw Major, SUPER PICTURE, I love Caser Jr!

Anonymous said...

Where are the signs on the weeds to make us think the landscaping is supposed to look like that?


Anonymous said...

I don't really think they put signs on the weeds. That was probably just a cute story.

Excellent pics.