Monday, March 31, 2014
It's been a while since I've shared any Disneyland souvenirs here on GDB (not counting those Donruss bubblegum cards, that is). Much to my amazement, I have not seen today's item on any other blog or website.
So, what is it? It's a wonderful (and apparently rare) children's menu from the Disneyland Hotel! It is undated, though I suspect that it is pretty early… 1950's anyway. If anybody has any additional info, I would love to hear it. I like the fact that it uses the Disneyland Railroad as its theme, with a nice photo of the C.K. Holliday.
Here's how the menu looked in its entirety (front and back); it unfolds to about 33 inches in length, which is unwieldy for an adult, much less for a small child. It's amazing that any of these survived, considering that the train is perforated so that it can be punched out. I had to scan this thing in six or seven sections and join them as seamlessly as I could in Photoshop; unfortunately, I popped some of the perforations in the process, which is kind of a bummer. Oh well.
What, no chicken strips, no mac and cheese? Not even a hot dog?? I appreciate the fancy offerings (by children's menu standards). A lamb chop, grilled filet of sole, very nice.
If you are toting an infant around, no problem! They had you covered. I would order "Junior Beef" just for the pleasure of saying it.
There's a nice little picture of the old Hotel, and by golly, you could even mail this menu to your pals back home to make them jealous.
And finally the back of the third panel, with a minuscule diagram of SoCal freeways. It reminds me of the kind of simple maps that appeared on very early printed materials, which is why I think that this menu is so old.
I've only seen a few of these for sale over the years, including one with Walt Disney's autograph. I wish I had that one, but I'm still pretty happy with my plain, unsigned version!