Monday, February 09, 2015

White Glove Service

The rare shot above shows a very young writer/musician/comedian/actor Steve Martin working the typesetting machine in the Magic Shop on Main Street, U.S.A. It appears to be Christmas time (note the Santa cutout on the left side of the photo). Martin was about 15 or 16 years of age. He was a typesetter, putting guests' names on “Wanted” posters and The Disneyland News. Martin didn’t want to get ink stains on his hands since it would look grubby when he did card magic tricks. Wearing garden gloves helped him avoid the stains, but also caused him to be mocked by the resident pro.

The Disneyland News was an early Park publication which kept guests up to date on the latest Park happenings. Here's the front page from a September 1956 edition. Imagine having your very own name as the headline!

Here are some of the Wanted Posters available, as seen at the Disneyland News Stand near the entrance of the Park, circa July 1960:

A few could be seen in Frontierland, like these two at Rainbow Ridge, July 1962:

The photo below shows Jim Kurz doing the same thing, in the Frontierland print shop. You can read more about Kurtz at the amazing Gorillas Don't Blog.

Zooming in for a closer look at Kurz' handiwork:

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1 comment:

K. Martinez said...

Man, where do you find these awesome images? These are wonderful! Nowadays those personalized mock newspapers would be done with a computer program minus the charm. Thanks for the link to GDB for the additional info on Jim Kurtz. I love stuff like this.