Monday, October 06, 2008

A Trio From 1957

I've got three from '57 for you today, all part of the same lot as the mystery image that I posted a few weeks ago.

We'll start in Frontierland with this nice busy shot of the Mark Twain at the dock. There's lots of great activity in this one. To the left what I thought was a ticket booth, but now I'm not so sure. Anybody know?


Next is the very unusual photo looking up into the various ropes and yards and all of that nautical stuff. That cast member is quite the aerialist, he appears to be hanging from that rope in a very unsafe manner!


And finally, blurry but still nice, is this photo of the whirling Astro Jets in all of their 50's glory.

8 comments:

TokyoMagic! said...

Early "Cirque du Soleil" above the decks of the Columbia?

Matterhorn1959 said...

Hey Major- shouldn't this be 1958 with the Columbia Sailing Ship?

Katella Gate said...

Major, are you referring to the dark "booth" under the "waiting room" pavilion? I wonder if that's not the back of a band-organ cabinet. A cheap and easy way to get music into the area (cheap for the 1950's that is.)

Major Pepperidge said...

Matterhorn, you are obviously right! Some of the Disneyland slides were undated (the dates were handwritten on the others), so I just lumped this one in with the '57 slides. But of course the Columbia didn't debut until '58. You get a gold star!

Matterhorn1959 said...

I also think the dark thing under the waiting room pavilion is loading stairs for the Columbia.

Chiana said...

1958... it was a very good year. A very good year for acrobatic cast members and sailing ships!

outsidetheberm said...

Hmm... that dark wooden mass under the dock pavilion could, indeed, be a band organ - there WAS one there at that location roughly during that time. Will see if a photo can be located...

Westcot2000 said...

The stairs for the Columbia can be seen on the right, between the dock house and the Mark Twain. It appears to be the same as the one still used today (although it's probably been replaced).