Monday, April 20, 2015

Along the River, November 1958

Here are a few OK pictures… pretty enough I suppose, but nothing to write to Aunt Mabel about. But you should write to her anyway, she's lonely and would love to hear from you.

First up is this view of Tom Sawyer Island. There's Tom's Treehouse - for a very short time it was the highest point in Disneyland (and it was noted on the earliest souvenir maps of the island)!  I think the height of the Skyway in 1956 superseded the Treehouse. Near the lower left corner you can just see one of several rushing streams that ran into the river. 

I like the grandma and her grandson relaxing out on what I believe is the fishing dock (though no fishing is going on). I wonder if the man and children at the other end are part of the same family, or if they are afraid to confront that tough looking granny on "her" turf!

There's that Mark Twain again; and that duck - he is just waiting. Waiting for human flesh!


K. Martinez said...

Imagine riding the Mark Twain during its first summer before there was activity on Tom Sawyer Island, a mine train, an Indian village along the shore or a New Orleans Square and mansion. It must've truly been a voyage away from the "civilization".

Chuck said...

I think I see the Rivers of America Monster in the reflection of the Twain between the boat and the mallard.

Melissa said...

Pictures of vintage Tom Sawyer Island are always special!

Ducks can be bastards, but at elast they're not geese.

Alonzo P Hawk said...

Agree with Melissa, geese are like attack dogs with wings.

I'm no expert (on dates) but I know the fishing was short lived as the guests would catch and then throw the fish in the trashcans as they quickly realised they had no place to keep them all day. Yuk

Monkey Cage Kurt said...

I’ve never known a duck I didn’t like, but I’ve been goosed by geese before. Nice bit of funnies today Major, thanks for those!

Major Pepperidge said...

K. Martinez, I never really thought about it, but you’re right, it must have been amazing to take a ride around the river in the very earliest of days. In spite of the less-than-lush landscaping at the time, it still must have had a powerful effect.

Chuck, I see monsters everywhere, so I know what you mean!

Melissa, how do you feel about the game “Duck, Duck, Goose”?

Alonzo P Hawk, the whole fishing thing was just not thought out, even though I love seeing pictures of people with their cane poles on the docks!

Monkey Cage Kurt, geese are the skinheads of the bird kingdom.