Friday, December 27, 2013

Mark Twain & Frontierland, October 1962

Boy-oh-boy, I'm not sure what was going on in this 1962 photo, but if you look in the background (in the lower right, for instance), the park was very busy! With the bunting on the Mark Twain, I think it would be safe to say that these pictures were actually taken sometime around July. 

Zooming in a bit, we can see the construction walls used for the earliest days of New Orleans Square  activity; the "Chicken Plantation" was gone, but just beyond that little magnolia tree we can see the windows for the short-lived mini version, where guests could still get their dee-licious fried chicken. PS… posters!

Here's a nice shot of the Twain as it gets underway, on a beautiful sunny day.


Snow White Archive said...

That's quite a packed crowd along the right of the first photo. Maybe someone fell in the water and everyone was straining to get a good look as the Mark Twain was zeroing in on them. A splendid iPhone moment...just about 45 years too soon.

K. Martinez said...

In the first image, that packed crowd looks like a raft full of guests getting ready to head over to Tom Sawyer Island. That along with the guests on the front of the Mark Twain makes it look crowded in that area.

The last image is fantastic! What a beautiful view of the Mark Twain starting its journey along the Rivers of America.

Nice set today. Thanks, Major.

keeline said...

I agree, it is likely another case where the month and year stamp on the slide is the date of processing, long delayed in this case, and not the date the image was taken. Independence Day or week seems likely for the crowds, etc.

Anonymous said...

That's the line for TS Island. And the quality of the pictures today is stunning for the their age.

Major Pepperidge said...

Snow White Archive, imagine how weird it would be to see somebody swimming (or drowning?!) in the Rivers of America. Of course it is only about 5 feet deep at the most, but that can still do the job.

K. Martinez, you and Anonymous both agree that it is the line for TSI, which is amazing. I've never seen a crowd like that waiting to head over. Still, it is great that so many people wanted to experience the fun that was to be had over there!

keeling, yes, unless the date is hand written on the slide, I generally assume that the date is not reliable.

Anonymous, thanks for the info, and for the nice comment!

Melissa said...

You don't see the Twain from those angles in every picture!