Sunday, August 26, 2012
I always love looking at vintage Disneyland ephemera; particularly paper ephemera. Gate handouts, maps, brochures, tickets, and stuff like that. GDB reader Steve Stuart (aka "Nanook") was kind enough to share some scans of some wonderful gate handouts from his collection!
1960 saw the opening of the fabulous Nature's Wonderland, one of the best Disneyland attractions of all time in my opinion. Everyone who entered the park received one of these beautiful flyers heralding the arrival of this new experience. It resembles the old circus broadsides that could be seen in the 19th century, with the wonderful engraving (probably an ink drawing, but humor me) and the creative use of a variety of typefaces. I would imagine that this was not easy to do in the pre-Photoshop era! Even the combination of cornflower blue and brown works so well.
On the reverse of that same flyer is an additional mention of the new and improved America the Beautiful in Spectacular CIRCARAMA. Even the Art of Animation exhibit is included! I wish I could go back in time and see these attractions when they were brand-new.
1958 had its share of new attractions as well, including the Columbia sailing ship, the Alice in Wonderland dark ride, and the Grand Canyon Diorama. Happily, all of these are still around to this day!
MANY THANKS to Steve Stuart for sharing these wonderful items with us!