Today I am sharing one of my favorite oddball Knott's Berry Farm souvenirs!
Here's a view of the backs of both versions. Again, the older one is on the left.
Each version opened like a medieval triptych, with a detail of of Christ's portrait in the middle. If you compare the two, you can see that they are a bit different. The eyes are closed here, but there was an additional layer of glow-in-the-dark paint that was applied, and when you held it to a light and then viewed it in a darkened room, His eyes would be gazing at you. I hope you've been good!
The written description of Christ's physical appearance and demeanor is interesting. Yes, very very interesting. Maybe even weird.
I have the mailing envelope for the Knott's Berry Place version. Be sure to use a 3-cent stamp! I wonder what other Chapel souvenirs were available?
And finally, thanks to a 25 second exposure, here is the glowing portrait with the eyes open! Cue the heavenly music. Part of what I love about this souvenir is the honest sincerity in which it is presented. There is no crass commercialism or irony to be found. Sadly, the little chapel has been torn down; hopefully von Kleiben's painting survives somewhere.
Once again, I would like to recommend "Knott's Preserved" for anyone interested in Knott's or theme park history in general!