Monday, March 16, 2009

1955 Frontierland Depot

Although not as large as its big brother over in Town Square, the Frontierland Depot is definitely one of my favorite stops along the Grand Circle Tour of the Disneyland Railroad. Here’s an early 1955 shot of the Depot, along with 2 action (nice alternative for saying blurry) views of the Ripley from the same batch. Who left that Baggage Door open?!?

Meanwhile, over in the merchandise area of the house, Oswald the Rabbit is back and appropriately teamed up with Lucky Brand Jeans. Here’s the official press release:

“After their first season of the sell-out collection, Lucky Brand, America's neighborhood jeans store, and Disney Consumer Products today announce that they will give rebirth to Walt Disney's first icon, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. The predecessor to Mickey Mouse, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit returned to The Walt Disney Company in 2006, long after his original theatrical debut in 1927. Just in time for summer, this limited-edition collection of T-shirts, featuring Oswald will be sold only at Lucky Kid, Lucky Brand stores and online at”

See more vintage & current Disneyland Railroad photos at my regular website.


PTA Transit Authority said...

My favorite RR station in Disneyland. Very nice pics.

Thufer said...

good stuff.

Major Pepperidge said...

Frontierland Station had a charm that none of the other stations had... that first pictures is one of the best I've ever seen!

It's great to see Oswald finally getting his due, I saw a toy in downtown L.A. last week that I coveted ( I think the toy might have been from Japan ).

TokyoMagic! said...

Is that a family riding up front in the engine of the second photo...or are they in the coal car? How'd they get to do that?

Katella Gate said...

Major: I was reading over at Cartoon Brew that Oswald was heavily merchandised over in Japan by the "previous owners". More interesting, Oswald had a very long production history (like 150 shorts), most of them done by Walter Lantz of Woody Woodpecker fame.

Most interesting of all is that Disney only acquired the rights for the first cartoons that Walt himself produced, not the later stuff, meaning rights to the character are split and the "other fellows" I think are free to merchandise their version of Oswald (the character design was updated over the years.)

Anybody know for sure?