Sunday, October 16, 2011

Carnation Truck, July 17 1968

The cheerful little Carnation milk truck sat on West Center Street for many years - and was a popular "photo op" for kids and adults who wanted to sit behind the wheel.

OK, so not a soul is in sight, but you'll have to take my word that it was popular! Maybe one of the 999 happy haunts (waiting for to move into the Haunted Mansion) is sitting in the truck. Yeah, that's it. Ghosts love milk and ice cream, it's a known fact. They also like bologna and mustard sandwiches.

I think it's smiling at us!


Chiana_Chat said...

Ghosts like evaporated milk. So happens Carnation was the king of evaporated milk! Or condensed or whatever name you like. You'll find their ads for the stuff in old TV like Burns & Allen shows, just all over. So naturally, the ghosts were also attracted to the Carnation wagon. Look at the crowds of them!

I think Bob Gurr's wagon there is simply one of the cutest darn vehicles ever. Makes me smile and wanna hop on.

And I love the whole scene in that second shot.

Snow White Archive said...

If I was a ghost, I'd love bologna and mustard sandwiches too.

Katella Gate said...

I wish I had a nickel for everytime I sat in this truck. Isn't it funny how we once thought Disneyland would never change?

Connie Moreno said...

Well that explains a lot...I must be a ghost.

The Viewliner Limited said...

Another true Disney land icon. Great pics Major.

Mark Hickson said...

Here is my sister and I in the Carnation Truck from Vacationland magazine - Fall 1959

I also have use as grown-ups and on a different date our two daughters all posing in the truck!

Chiana_Chat said...

Adorable, Mark! "Picture perfect."

Major Pepperidge said...

Oh Chiana, why didn't I think of evaporated milk? (hangs head in shame)

Snow White Sanctum, I had my fill of bologna and mustard (and mayo) sandwiches when I was in grade school! As a ghost, I think I'd prefer a BLT!

Katella, I must have seen the truck back in the day, but have absolutely no memory of it. My family probably rushed up Main Street to get to the rides.

Connie, I hope you're a friendly ghost!

Viewliner, I'm glad you liked them!

Mark, what an awesome photo, and in a vintage Vacationland! Wow!

Nancy said...

my mom used the make that evaporated milk back in the was gross enough but if you resisted and let it get warm, that was worse (didnt think it could be!)

this little truck, however, is beautiful, and I esp love how we can see the flower mart behind. that is one of my favorite parts of Main Street, simple details that make it just right. :)

JG said...

I remember sitting in the truck, alas no pics survive.

I do have a nice photo of my Mom in the flower market.

This area was so much more "open". It's really crowded with outdoor dining now.

The outdoor dining part of Hill Bros. Cafe has been partially set back, I think to make room for the character meet and greets that still happen there.

Yeah, I remember thinking that Disneyland would never change, that it was like Valhalla or something, always secure and safe, and would always be there on return.