Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Today I am posting the first scans from an excellent bunch of around 60 slides from the summer of 1958. Whoever the photographer was, he or she knew what he or she was doing. Some of them are ordinary, but many are super nice! And since there are 60 of 'em, we're going to be enjoying them for quite a while.
We'll start where so many Disneyland adventures began; the parking lot and the trams! Painted in sunny blue and yellow, the lovable li'l trams transport guests from the vast sea of cars right to the entrance. I'm not sure I previously noticed the decorative blue "grille" applied to the front of the tram's tractor. With the headlight "eyes", it looks like it's wearing a hockey mask. "Quid pro quo, Clarice". Notice the driver in his spiffy striped shirt and white cap (a little bit different from the outfit we saw here).
Zooming in to the left, we see a dad and two kids (each kid wearing a "coolie hat") already leaving! How can they be done for the day? It can't be much later than noon. In the early years, some visitors would do Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm in the same day. CRAZY.
There's the beautiful train station, with the C.K. Holliday out front, pulling the freight cars. I love details like the red roses, there only to make the place prettier. First impressions are important! Notice the banner above the tunnel into Town Square, advertising the new Columbia sailing ship, the Alice in Wonderland ride, and the Grand Canyon diorama. Let's not forget the posters!