Wednesday, December 16, 2015
I am kind surprised just how much of my collection consists of Disneyland photos from 1956 and 1957. Attendance must have boomed, and everybody who went brought a camera. Not that I'm complaining! Those pre-1959 views are some of my very favorites.
Look at this humble shot of Frontierland taken from the shore, next to the small bandstand that jutted out into the river. Let's be sure to catch the Strawhatters at 3:30! There's the Mark Twain of course, with a Keelboat next to it like an attentive puppy.
Compared to later views, the distant shore is quite barren; it's kind of amazing. To our left is Tom Sawyer Island, with a few guests relaxing and taking in the scenery. I love the details of the iron fencing, the fancy light on that square column, and the lacy wrought-iron on the bandstand.
This next photo was taken from Fort Wilderness, looking over the pointed battlements toward the Indian Village and the load area for the Canoes. To the left you can see the birch bark-covered Native American longhouse, with crowds of people watching the Indian dancers (just out of frame). And the passenger train can also be seen, on its way to Fantasyland Station.