Sunday, April 26, 2015

Town Square From Train Station, 1956

Here are two so-so views of Town Square from 1956; they are from a batch of slides that has some pretty neat stuff, but for now I am going to get these lesser images out of the way. 'Cause that's how I roll.

Back in the good old days, my family would walk through one of the tunnels into Town Square, and immediately head up the steps to ride the Disneyland Railroad. I'm not sure I would call it a tradition… it was just what we did! Looking a photos like this, I sometimes try to imagine what it must have been like to see the park for the very first time, without the years of familiarity to deaden our senses.

Looking carefully, you can just see the red Chemical Wagon (pulled by white horses), as well as two Horse-Drawn Streetcars. Horses are hard to draw. Judging from the angle of the sun, this was taken sometime in the afternoon, so the photographer did not make the DLRR his first destination.


Nanook said...


Both images (the first, fer sure) really look as though they could have been photographed "at the turn of the (last) century".

Thanks, Major.

K. Martinez said...

I like these photos. The first image is a great view with its unusual angle and in the second image, the lamppost and fence railing details of the station really stand out. Nice.

From the guide books in those days regarding Main Street, U.S.A. it was "see America as it was half a century ago". From GDB these days it's "see Disneyland as it was over half century ago".

Unknown said...

Well if horses are hard to draw is seems that Street Cars must be easy to draw 'cause even horses can draw them...

As always the sparseness of early Park history crowds can be a little shocking.

Major Pepperidge said...

Nanook, I should make the photos sepia-toned, they they'd really look old-timey.

K. Martine, I'm glad you liked these... I like them too, I just can't get too excited about 'em! You have blown my mind with your Disneyland "fun fact"!!

Patrick Devlin, I am trying to picture a horse holding a pencil. Nothing's happening!

Dean Finder said...

That's 'cause horses hold pencils in their teeth.

See? Now you can picture it.

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