Tuesday, February 16, 2016
I love vintage paper ephemera from Disneyland! And today I am sharing one of my favorite pieces... this fantastic (and somewhat scarce) gate handout announcing the fabulous Grand Canyon Diorama ("Largest In The World"). I still love this feature SO much, it has always been a highlight of my visits to the park, even with the advent of faster, more technologically impressive attractions.
The flyer is 12.7 inches long and approximately 5 inches wide, and is printed on pink paper that resembles thin construction paper. It looks like the kind of broadside that might have been pasted on a wall or a fence over 100 years ago. The different fonts and ornaments are fun, and I always love seeing the Santa Fe logo on Disneyland items.
A new addition was the locomotive #3, the "Fred Gurley" (a refurbished engine from 1894), introduced on March 28, 1958. The drawings are beautiful - I wish we knew the artist who did them. Some details are off, but in general they are very nice. For some reason, the C.K. Holliday is labeled "the E.P. Ripley", and vice-versa. Also, note that the Holliday is pulling the passenger cars, while the Ripley is pulling the freight cars. Only nerds care about such things!
Another detail is the mention of Tomorrowland Station, which I believe opened in April - the fourth station after the addition of Fantasyland Station in 1956. So that can help narrow down the date of this flyer.
I hope you have enjoyed this vintage Disneyland flyer!