Friday, March 06, 2015
I love today's first image, featuring a jolly red-orange popcorn stand! Looks like he has a couple of hungry customers on the way. Like most popcorn stands at the time, this one was manufactured by "C. Cretors and Company", established in 1885. And they're still in business (and still family-owned) today! GDB reader Nanook tells us that the little man (or clown, in this case) was known as the "Roasty Toasty Man". Since he is a close personal friend, I just call him "Roasty".
SO… was this popcorn stand design standard among their 1955 offerings? Or did Walt Disney ask them to build them so that they looked like they could have come from 1885 (perhaps by bringing back and updating an old design)?
Meanwhile, nearby… a lovely popcorn-less castle! I assumed that the lawn and shrubbery were long-gone, sacrificed to the high-attendance gods. But when I looked at a modern aerial photo, there is still a patch of grass and tress in more of less this same spot today! This made me happy.