Monday, June 30, 2014

Entrance and Castle, 1960-ish

I think it's funny that these three happy guests decided to pose for their first trip portrait waaaaay out in the parking lot. I guess it was a way to get almost all of Main Street Station in the frame, but man, you get a whole lotta asphalt too. This might be grandma (with babushka) and her two grandsons. Could the kid on the left be carrying an enormous camera case?

Once inside the park, they posed for another portrait in front of the castle. Hey, that's not grandma! 


Anonymous said...

Love these!!! In pic #1, its fun to imagine what's currently on the exact spot today where they were standing.

And I think that enormous case was to hold stylin' dude's jeans after he changed to shorts for pic #2. How'd you like to carry your brother's pants around all day at DL?

Bill in Denver

Chuck said...

Looks to me like a case full of vintage Kodachrome slides of the family's vacation trips to Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, Oakland's Fairyland, Cedar Point, Coney Island, Cypress Gardens, Houser's Zoo, the 1958 World's Fair, and Aunt Eunice's front parlor in Portage, Ohio. Finding it could be the MacGuffin for the next Indiana Jones film.

Either that or it's a mahjong set.

K. Martinez said...

The flowers and trees really make the second image. Thanks, Major.

Nanook said...


I think Chuck nailed the contents of the 'mysterious case'. Although he failed to mention: Elitch Gardens (in its original incarnation); Rocky Point Park; Crescent Park; Waldameer
Park; Knoebels Groves Amusement Resort; Cedar Point; Whalom Park; Lincoln Park; Kennywood, etc.

And as for our "hip" friend wearing long pants and shades - check out the cool shirt and loafers. Definitely a trend-setter - even if no one else joined-in.

Thanks, Major.

Major Pepperidge said...

Bill in Denver, I guess they must have gone to the park for two days! Maybe he brought his ant farm with him.

Chuck, if I found a case of slides like that, I would probably drop dead from happiness!

K. Martinez, I like the flowers more than the "Partners" statue…

Nanook, there's also Beverly Park, Hoppyland, the Venice Pier, San Francisco's "Playland"…. the list could go on and on!

Alonzo P Hawk said...

Love these shots. The old parking lot is great at the entry plaza.

The boy on the left is looking very Vern from Stand By Me.

Melissa said...

@Bill in Denver

"They ain't heavy, they're my brother's pants."

Maybe he's a junior traveling salesman, bringing along his sample case of aluminum siding swatches to sell to the merchants on Main Street.

Anonymous said...

Might this be photographic evidence of the obscure Brotherhood of the Traveling Pants?

Bill in Denver

Connie Moreno said...

Great pics, great comments, I'm sitting here laughing in my cubicle. As for photo #1.. Man! I used to park RIGHT THERE as late as 1989!