Friday, November 07, 2014
Here are a few lovely Kodachrome views of Main Street USA from Disneyland's early years.
I'm so glad that the Horse Drawn Streetcars are still with us… other vehicles have come and gone (like the chemical wagon just leaving the frame to our left), but Main Street wouldn't be Main Street without the streetcars. I'll bet that there are a lot of kids who never see horses anywhere else. Notice the Bekins van in the background.
If you have horses, you're gonna have horse poop. And that makes the street sweeper pretty important when you want to maintain a tidy amusement park! This particular sweeper (or "white wing") was purported to be one of the most popular characters at the park back in those days, and his name was Trinidad. I wonder if he could have ever imagined that fans would still remember him nearly 60 years later! That walrus mustache is pretty awesome, no doubt about it.
Zooming in just past Trinidad, we can see the doorway into the Gibson shop (purveyors of greeting cards and other novelties). Mounted on the glass next to the door are some of the wonderful note cards that are popular collectibles today. Matterhorn1959 has many of these posted on his blog, check them out HERE.
To our right you can see a few of the novelty pre-written (and illustrated) letters that guests could buy and send home to the folks. I posted those HERE and HERE.