Friday, November 01, 2013

Black & White Gems from 1959

It's Christmas at the Park, circa December 1959, and the garland is strewn along the Main Street Train Station. At the entrance, you can see the special ticket booth for the Magic Kingdom Club, which was the forerunner for an Annual Passport program. It was begun two years earlier and allowed organizations to purchase memberships for their employees, encouraging families to visit the parks by giving them discounts.

According to the Main Street Train station, attendance had reached 18,000,000. That's 4.5 million per year! The Kalamazoo Handcar is featured prominently in front, above the Mickey floral. During my last visit, the handcar was not on display.

Strolling further into the park to the Main Street Cinema, guests could have stopped to watch the 1912 D.W. Griffith short, "The Girl and Her Trust" (mistakenly titled on the marquee as "A Girl...").

Interested in seeing it? Here it is:

Today's post drops you off at the Castle, with the Carrousel Ticket Booth just visible through the entry.

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Major Pepperidge said...

I love Disney short cartoons, but I wish the Main Street Cinema still showed old silent classics starring the likes of Harold Lloyd and Lillian Gish.

Anonymous said...

When those movies were playing in the theater, I didn't know who those people were. Now that I do, they don't play the movies anymore.


K. Martinez said...

What gorgeous B&W images of Disneyland.

I love the silent film era and think it's a shame Disney doesn't show films like these at the Main Street Cinema. It's a lot closer to the era Main Street, USA is supposed to portray than the Disney cartoon shorts.

Thanks for the extra special set today (including the film link).