Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Red Wagon Inn, August 1958

This photo makes a nice companion to this picture from Matterhorn1959's blog! I admit that his picture is better, but can't we all just get along? This family has stopped for a bite to eat at the Red Wagon Inn. The waitresses are dressed in their old-fashioned servant's duds! You can sort of make out one of the green lunch menus on the table, with a '58 guidebook underneat it. Notice the printed paper placemats too... everything's a collectible! It must have been nice to take a shady break, the August sun looks intense.

Here's a look from the Red Wagon Inn's entrance, looking towards that nutty castle. That's a nice shot of the signage, and what I assume was an example of the menu in that ornate case. It says that the restaurant is "air conditioned", I seem to recall that this feature was rare in the park's early days.


Matterhorn1959 said...

Great photographs. I believe the menu is the special Grand Canyon menu featuring the attraction poster. It may even be the rare Alice In Wonderland menu with the attraction poster art. I really like the view from the front entrance as well.

sundaynight said...

My favorite air conditioned spot was the Carousel of Progress. No matter how hot it was outside or what time of day it was, it was always pleasant in that theater.

Chiana said...

Yup yup, back when air conditioning was a feature to brag on. What a fair sunny day (as it often is there!). An' look at the size of that bowtie on the back of the waitress' dress! Gee willikers.

Grammaw had a dress just like the lady with the 'shades in the top one.

Maelstrom said...

Gotta love the wagon wheel motif on those chairs.

Nancy said...

love those sunny Disneyland days...nice pictures today! :)

and how clean and uncrowded it is (by things, not ppl) i like going to the parks just to walk around and shop and eat, with an occasional ride on Haunted Mansion or the Monorail