Monday, January 11, 2016
Recently, I was contacted by GDB reader Tom Devlin, who generously gave me some slides from his family's trips to Disneyland (and more!). Amazing! They are super fun, and I am jealous, since I don't have any pictures from my own family trips to the park (in spite of the many times that we went). The readers of this blog should get a kick out of them.
I'm starting with a group from April 23, 1960 (I love that we know the exact date). "Jason's Disneyland Almanac" tells us that this was a Saturday, and the park was open from 10 in the morning until 7 o'clock at night. The high temperature was a mere 62 degrees, and the daily attendance was 15,358 - not exactly crowded (April 22nd drew less than 6000 people)! Jason also let's us know that this day included a kid's amateur dog show.
I thought I would start with this nice shot of the Town Square side of Main Street Station; the Devlin clan is on the lower steps (minus dad, who was presumably taking the photos).
From left to right we have (I believe) Mike, Joe, Mary Jo (mother), sisters Mary and Judy, and brothers Pat, and Tom himself, waving his felt Disneyland pennant.
Tom says that Mike is posing with his Zorro sword!
Next is this nice portrait of three of the Devlin boys; Pat (who loves him some popcorn!), Tom, and Joe. This area looks so different, with the trees and the lovely flower bed right in the center of the hub, where the "Partners" statue now stands.
Stay tuned for more Devlin family photos over the next few months!