Tuesday, August 04, 2015
(This one posted a little late, folks... I accidentally set it to publish at 12:01 PM instead of AM).
Today I have another post, courtesy of GDB reader Huck Caton, who has contributed lots of stuff to this blog in the past. It's kind of a "quickie post", but I'm sure you will find it interesting!
While going through some boxes, Huck found this old-fashioned telephone sign from New Orleans Square, which he had acquired back in 1976. Here's the story!
"The boys in the sign shop gave me this one back in '76 when I worked at the park. Something about it wasn't 'perfect' so they smuggled it out to my car in the employee parking lot. I'm guessing things like that don't happen much anymore!"
"I made friends with a lot of the old-timers at the mill (and the sign department) by being genuinely interested in their involvement in the history of the park (most of them were getting ready to retire in '76), so they were always offering me things they thought I'd like as a local who'd sort of 'grown up' there (we used to ride our bikes there to spend an afternoon)".
What a cool thing to have!
I wrote back to Huck saying that it was too bad we didn't have a picture of New Orleans Square in which the sign could be seen. He sent back a link to one of my own photos, circa 1970! There it is, plain as day (is that the "One of a Kind" shop right next to it?).
Huck finished by saying, "I sure wish I'd taken them up on their offer of EVERY 54" by 36" attraction poster they had (literally every one ever created)... I just figured I'd have another chance (and wasn't sure how I'd get them past security!). Oh well...."
Thanks to Huck for sharing the photo and the great story!