Friday, March 21, 2008
Souvenir Photos & Holders
The original group of passenger cars at Disneyland was dubbed “RETLAW 1” (spell it backwards and then you won’t have to ask “Where did that name come from?!?”). By the 70’s, these passenger cars were not in great shape and were barely being run at all. Although these cars were retired and eventually left the hands of Disney (now in a private collection in San Luis Obispo), one car (formerly known as the Grand Canyon), was converted into the VIP car “The Lilly Belle.” Photo 1 shows the original Retlaw 1 Grand Canyon car in 1955, and shot #2 is a contemporary view of it as the Lilly Belle.
Originally, the Lilly Belle was used only by VIP’s, and guests rarely were allowed to ride on it. However, for us common folk, we could have our picture taken on a recreation of the back of the Lilly Belle, and dress up in vintage costume. Here’s a souvenir photo from 1979, along with the decorative logo from photo holder.
As an extra bonus, here is a Splash Mountain souvenir photo along with the accompanying photo holder art. As I have said before, it amazes me that Disney celebrates a movie (“Song of the South”) with an attraction, but feels it can no longer show it.
See more vintage & current Disneyland photos at my website. For you Knotts fans, I posted a few 1961 views on my travel blog today.