Monday, April 17, 2017
Old Disneyland menus are popular collectibles among those who love paper ephemera. Some of them can get very pricey too! But menus from the Hills Bros. Coffee House on Town Square tend to be relatively affordable.
Here's a neat image scanned from a 1959 multipage newspaper insert.
I have several variations of these menus, though they all have the same cover. Here it is!
And here's the interior of the first version that I am aware of. Everything sounds pretty good, except for that chopped egg sandwich. The egg sandwich with bacon is barely an improvement.
I love Disneyland maps, and this menu has a wonderful example. The artwork also helps date the menu because it has the Columbia and the Grand Canyon Diorama, both of which debuted in 1958 - but it doesn't have the Matterhorn, which (as you know) opened in 1959. One fun detail is the Viewliner, in the upper right corner, just below the steam locomotive.
Here's the interior spread of the next version - sorry for the crummy condition. At the time I scanned these, I could not find my example that is much mintier. Please memorize the names of each Hills brother so that you can impress everyone with your deep trivia knowledge.
Once again, the menu is undated, though this more-rendered map now includes the Matterhorn, Monorail, and Subs. Since the Monorail exited the park to the Disneyland Hotel, I consider this to be a 1961 menu, though it is just a guess.
Next is the inner spread for a 1966 version; they finally got rid of that chopped egg sandwich! Our long national nightmare was over.
And here's the back of the '66 version. I only learned of this one's existence while at the home of a fellow collector, and found one to buy a few months later on eBay. Hopefully I can upgrade someday. My friend said he's seen yet another version with nothing on the back at all. Something to look for.
I hope you have enjoyed these vintage Hills Bros. menus!