Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Storyland, New Hampshire 1957

I found some great Kodachrome slides a few months ago, dated 1957 but with no information about this park other than "New Hampshire". But it didn't take much time to figure out that they are from a park called Storyland! Storyland is still around, although it has grown considerably, and has many more of your typical amusement park rides. In these 50+ year-old pictures, it appears to have consisted mostly of charming tableaus portraying scenes from beloved fables and fairy tales.

This cute kid is standing in front of a scene showing Jack and Jill as they tumble down the hill. There's the well, and the pail of water. Jack is holding his head because he broke it (head injuries are always good for a laugh).


I couldn't figure out if this simple fairy tale castle was supposed to be a scene from a specific story, or just a generic castle. Any ideas?


There's Humpty Dumpty, and boy does he look strange. Why isn't he smooth and egg-like? Maybe this is supposed to show that he couldn't be put back together very well. In any case, he's kind of creepy.


Here's the shoe that the old lady lives in. Now that she uses Odor Eaters, life is much nicer. A house like this in the L.A. area might sell in the mid-$300,000 range.


I have a few more from this series that I will share next week!

8 comments:

Chiana_Chat said...

Cute, and real cute kid. :)

rotflmao - you may be right about the housing prices, yiy!

Matterhorn1959 said...

Great images...I vote for more...show them all! I love these small parks from the 1950's as the parks and images are some of the most charming I have seen.

Andrew said...

Great pictures of a fun little park!

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Wow, Humpty-Dumpty is downright freakish, but I kinda like him.

I vote for more too, these are a slice of lone gone Americana...

Katella Gate said...

These pictures are too much fun. Didn't Santa's Village also have the Old Woman's Shoe-house?

Anonymous said...

When I was a kid trapped in a fairly boring Midwestern childhood, we sometimes went to a similar park, called Fairyland Forest. It was our Disneyland! I barely remembered it for years, but then one colorful afternoon it all come back to me (never mind what I was smoking to induce such a wave of nostalgia). Here is a link to pictures:

http://www.theimaginaryworld.com/clp.html

That Haunted House terrified me at the time!

Major Pepperidge said...

Obviously I love these smaller amusement parks too! Katella Gate, yes there was a similar shoe at Santa's Village - and many other fairy tale themed parks. And anonymous, I have seen those pictures on Dan Goodsell's web site, they are really great.

Nancy said...

these are so nice, simple pleasures are the best....

ours is called Storybook Forest, not far from downtown Pittsburgh. havent been there for many years but i do recall on my first visit as a child saving the cookie (a Vanilla Wafer) that came in a little bag for YEARS...

sadly, my mom wasnt a picture taker

i should go out there again sometime and see what its like now

thanks for the memories! :-)