Tuesday, February 07, 2017
I just scanned a variety of old Knott's Berry Farm ephemera, and thought I'd share some items today.
Let's start with this nice brochure all about the little red school house that Walter Knott brought to the park in 1952. Originally in Mitchell, Kansas, this one room school house opened in 1879 (Rutherford B. Hayes was the President of the U.S.); it finally closed sometime in the 1940's. It was complete with all of the original desks, books, inkwells, and even the cast iron stove; Walter Knott bought the whole thing and had it shipped to Buena Park. He added the bell tower because he thought it needed it.
I love the interior spread, which is informative, but not dry. The little cartoons resemble the type of drawings that a kid might have drawn in the margins of a textbook. When you consider that we now learn from direct brain implants administered by wisecracking robots, the old schoolhouse seems especially quaint.
And look, you could mail this brochure to your friends and enemies (though I know that no GDB reader has any enemies).
Nina Duden ("Good morning, Miss Duden!") might have been a sweetheart, but hoo-boy, she looks pretty stern in that portrait. No, I didn't bring enough gum for everyone! I'm sorry, Miss Duden (goes to stand in the corner).
I really like this simple giveaway from the Birdcage Theatre - a paper mustache that could be worn by everyone in the audience - man, woman, and child. It must have been a funny sight to see!
And look, it was also a kind of business card! I hope nobody wore this particular example in their nose, if you know what I mean.
I hope you have enjoyed today's vintage Knott's stuff.