Monday, September 28, 2015
Today I am revisiting two "classic" GDB images, featuring the wonderful Stagecoach! There was a lot of activity over in this part of Frontierland back in the 50's, including Pack Mules, the Mine Train, and the Conestoga Wagons; but I always love to get a good look at the Rainbow Mountain Stagecoach. which only lasted through to September, 1959 (closing, along with the Conestoga Wagons, as Nature's Wonderland began construction.
This first view (first posted in 2010) is pretty neat; I'm sure that, these days, many folks would be surprised that this was a photo of Disneyland (though the spires of the castle give it away). Heck, I've seen photos of the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship on Facebook, with comments along the lines of "Was this at Disneyland?". The colors are wonderful, with a deep blue sky accenting the warmer tones of Rainbow Ridge, and of course, the cheerful red coach pulled by four ponies. The fearless driver sports a rather impressive gray beard! Note the people boarding their mules in the background.
This next one is from 1955 (and was originally posted in 2008). This driver reminds me of Harry Dean Stanton, and who is cooler than that? Nobody! Kids infest the top of the coach, while a girl (I originally thought she was a boy back in 2008!) waves to us, wearing an adorably goofy smile. I love that she is holding her souvenir pennant - I need to keep my eyes on eBay to see if one like that ever comes up for sale!