Thursday, January 08, 2015

Two From November 1958

Here's a neat picture from 1958, looking toward the entrance to Frontierland from the Plaza. A Rainbow Caverns Mine Train cast member (in his distinctive red shirt) carries his brown bag lunch; hey, let's trade sandwiches! I have baloney and jelly. A banner overhead heralds the arrival of the Columbia - "DISNEYLAND'S NEWEST ATTRACTION - FULL-RIGGED THREE-MASTED SAILING SHIP". Sounds pretty cool! I love the stockade too.

Turning north-ish, we get a lovely view of the castle.


Nanook said...


"baloney and jelly"-??!! I don't think my mom would've approved. 'Peanut butter & jelly' - yes.

Once again, we see during the early years of the park no fencing - of any sort - was needed to both protect guests from their own stupidity and protecting the flora from being trampled to death.

Thanks, Major.

Chuck said...

White lettering on a white background...hmmm. We love early Disneyland signage, but this one isn't the best-thought-out example.

Still, I'd trade my peanut butter and pickle soup lunch for a chance to step into either of today's shots. It's 6°F here as I write this, and even if I were in Anaheim today there still wouldn't be a Rainbow Caverns Mine Train.

Alonzo P Hawk said...

I'll trade a fried baloney sandwhich to anyone who can get me a real ride through(not drug induced)Rainbow Caverns.

Think about it Bob Iger, spend millions of dollars bringing back a ride that was passe 40 years for a true American heart clogger. Mmm...baloney...ahhgh

K. Martinez said...

Chuck - Brrrrr!

Tom said...

Just do a half-trade with a dude who has peanut butter and mayonnaise and you're totally in business.

Melissa said...

How about some jellied baloney?

Anonymous said...

I love the old fiberglass shade lawn light. Those were common commercial fixtures of that era for that application. Nothing exotic, themed, custom or bespoke about it.

Just call Herb down at Consolidated Landscape Electric and order a dozen.

On the other hand, they spent a ton of money on custom sheet metal and fiberglass moldings for the monorails, so there's that.


Alonzo P Hawk said...

I told my daughter that Baloney was made out of horses legs (just the lower half). Hence "below the knee" was shortened to baloney. She hasn't eaten it since.

Major Pepperidge said...

Nanook, peanut butter and jelly? Who eats THAT? Back in the 1950's, guests still had equilibrium and could manage to not fall off of wide bridges. Notice that everything changed when Tang was invented.

Chuck, maybe it worked better in person than it does in the photo? It does seem like an odd choice, especially when so many Disneyland graphics are so beautiful. Peanut butter soup, could be good! Make it spicy like Thai food. Not so sure about the pickles, but who knows.

Alonzo, actually I never liked baloney, even though it was a lunch bag staple. It could have been worse, but I haven't eaten the stuff since I was a pre-teen.

Tom, is that something that Elvis ate? 'Cause if it is good enough for him, it's good enough for me!

Melissa, all jellied meat products are welcome!

JG, I love those lights, they always make me think of the local miniature golf course - those had colorful fiberglass shades that looked so beautiful at night. Imagine those on a path up to your front door at night!

Alonzo, ha ha, she is scarred for life! If a distaste for baloney is all she has, she is doing OK.

Unknown said...

Who says I don't' have a life: sheesh.

The sign design is of a very stretched-out American Shield: Blue with white letters for the stars across the top and thirteen red and white stripes. Like this, only really stretched side to side.

I still have to agree that the white-on-white where Columbia's letters overlap the white stripes is a bad decision , but you can at least see what they were shooting for.