Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Today I am sharing a scan from a vintage black and white negative, featuring the E.P. Ripley - locomotive #2 on the Disneyland & Santa Fe Railroad. I am actually not 100% positive that this is from 1955 (as I said in the title), but am pretty sure that it is very early. Another negative from the same batch reinforces my guess, though you'll have to wait for that one.
A trusty security guard makes sure nobody sneaks in that tempting gap in the berm. Why, if I just threw a nickel over to our left, the guard would be sure to chase after it (after all, you could buy a modest home for a nickel in 1955), and we would have our opportunity to run past, ninja-style.
Notice the bunting on the combine - was this left over from opening day?
Zooming in a bit, I was curious to know where this picture might have been taken; was there anyplace in the park where a guest could actually see the real world? Beyond the train tracks, a house (or something) is visible.
After an online search, I found this nice aerial view (undated, but early - notice the Phantom Boats). It seems to make sense that our photographer was standing approximately where that pink dot is, looking in the direction of the arrow. So... it was taken by somebody who had backstage access. Pretty cool! The arrow points right at the little house that is part of a small orchard.