Monday, August 03, 2015
It's time for some more images from GDB's past - in this case, featuring Main Street Station!
Let's start with this one from 1956 (originally posted in 2008). It's a dazzling mid-afternoon shot (2:30, sez the clock) with the original yellow passenger train cars in front of the station. The colors really "pop" in this Kodachrome slide.
And who am I kidding, the detail that gets to me the most is those posters. Ay caramba! An "Art Corner", the rarest of the rare! I've only ever seen one with my own eyebones (thanks, Mr. X!). And there's the "20,000 Leagues" poster, one of my all-time favorites, with that incredible giant squid. I like it so much that I managed to acquire two! Between the "20K" poster and the Peter Pan poster is the extremely scarce poster featuring Main Street Station - the pinkish lilac color of the background is so unusual, and yet (like all of these posters) it works wonderfully.
This one is from 1960 (posted on GDB in 2011), with the Fred Gurley waiting at the platform. It looks like it was a beautiful day, with bright clear sunshine and a vivid blue sky. Notice the Kalamazoo handcar sitting out front. I should be allowed to take that thing for a spin around the "Grand Circle Tour"... though it would probably kill me. Still, what a way to go!
Back in 2007 I posted this one, from August, 1960. Or July, probably, based on the bunting. The "cattle cars" are full of livestock - but at least they don't have to stand like they did in the early days. A mom and her kid are posted way at the end so that they don't ruin the rest of the picture!
I'd like to think that the photographer included the posters on purpose. You con't see that "Art of Animation" too often. I used to see the Submarine Voyage poster referred to as "the Cadillac of attraction posters", which seems very apt.