Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Mr. Lincoln Steps Out! April 1974

At first glance, this photograph shows a nice view of Tomorrowland in all its 1970's glory. Yes, there's the Matterhorn, and those Skyway buckets, and the Peoplemover... WHAT THE...?? Is that who I think it is?


Sure enough, it's Abe Lincoln himself! He was sick of being cooped up in that Opera House, so he borrowed some maroon slacks and a plaid sports coat (keeping the string tie because it was cool), and away he went. I guess it only makes sense that he would be curious about the land of tomorrow. You'd think more people would recognize him, but he once said, "Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition." Way to go, Abe!


Oh yeah, there's this picture too. No former presidents to be seen, although if I squinch up my eyes I can make out the face of Rutheford B. Hayes (19th Pres) in the rock patterns of the Matterhorn. See what I mean?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looks more like Chester A Arthur (21st) if you mean on the right above the holes. The nose is very prominent with the moustache underneath.

As for Abe, he seems a mite disoriented, probably a little dizzy after a spin on the jets.

TokyoMagic! said...

Yay....70's pics! Now you need a pic of the spaceman and spacewoman in Frontierland! Snow White and Alice on the steps of the Haunted Mansion?

Anonymous said...

One of the least well known problems that Walt faced in the park during its early years was keeping the characters from leaving their respective lands and attractions and wandering willy-nilly, to and fro, hither and yon, into other realms and areas: Lincoln shambling through Tomorrowland; Alice cavorting with pirates in New Orleans Squares; you get the picture, and it is not a pretty one. Even now, as some may have noticed, certain Disney characters seem to have found their way incongruously into attractions where they have no legitimate business.

Davelandweb said...

That "Abe Lincoln" guest is hilarious; and obviously the guest who snapped the photo must have thought he looked like Lincoln too. Great find, Major!

outsidetheberm said...

That's not Abe - he's an imposter! And he's carrying a taser!

Nancy said...

haha...lots of interesting observations today

i second the YAY! for the 70s pic...skyway, peoplemover, a metal stroller, a bright sunny day..all we are missing is the monorail!

as for Abe, he prolly could have gotten away with it if he had gone to Frontierland...the sting tie was his ticket in!! : )

Chiana said...

Ha! Love it!

"All this makes a mighty impression but where are the livery?"

Anonymous said...

Don't tase me, Abe!