Sunday, April 13, 2008

Disneyland 1956, Fantasyland Pt. 3

Our 1956 journey to Disneyland is focused around Storybook Land today; the first few shots are from the outside looking in; the last batch are Skyway shots. What trip to the park would be complete without a photo of Monstro? Judging by this empty shot, he’s swallowed up all the guests! #2 & #3 show us Cinderella’s Castle, with and without our favorite Circus Choo-Choo, Casey Jr.

The patchwork quilt looks even more impressive from above; and naturally I am going to zoom-in with a closeup of the rarely seen Fantasyland Depot, with Retlaw 1 just about to pull away. LOVE the candy-cane striped light posts!

Apparently our photographer was also a Disneyland Railroad nut, as he took this 2nd shot showing the E.P. Ripley engine just seconds later.

2 more shots looking back (hope he didn’t turn into a pillar of salt for this):

This is a goofy detail, but I’m zooming in anyway; anyone know about this box that appears to say "Bronco”?

Yup, more 1956 tomorrow; stay tuned. To see more Storybook photos, visit my website.

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Major Pepperidge said...

Jeez, what a great bunch! Pillar of salt, ha ha!

At first I thought "Bronco" was an old fruit crate label, but now I have no idea!

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Great post, super shots, rare Fantasyland Depot, Nice! The blue sky’s in these looks dreamy and lush.

Monstro looks perfect in that first shot. Without starting any controversy, what happened to him recently? I saw him two weeks ago and he was Baby Blue, he doesn’t look to mean in pastels….

Progressland said...

Based on the location of the box in the planter, I thought it might have something to do with landscaping. I tried searching for Bronco and fertilizer, expecting perhaps to find a company, but didn't have luck there. I did find something that says a more recent company markets products that meet the BRONCO standard Biodegradable, Recyclable, Organic, Natural, Compostable)--but I don't know that people were thinking that way in 1956. It's possible Bronco was a well-respected company that went out of business and the good connotations of its name were revived for the acronym.

Or maybe it has nothing to do with the landscaping at all! These are some interesting views, regardless.

CoxPilot said...

I remember that Bronco was one of the early mower companies (now Troy-Built). If you look real close, squint a little, you can just make out a picture of what looks like a mower (just on the lower left). I would suggest that this box was used for garden stuff, but originally was a parts box for a Bronco "Certified" 250. ( you can also just make out "250" on the lower right).

ps: I also analyze satellite photos if you want. LOL

Matterhorn1959 said...

I agree with Cox Pilot. It does look likes a part box that is now being used to carry plants and other gardening items.

Davelandweb said...

Lee - where the heck have you been? I should have known I could count on you to solve this one! Thanks!

CoxPilot said...

Haven't been close to a computer for a while. Made a trip back home to Texas to visit the homestead. Talk about the real "frontierland". Also, took a while to view the past post, and the recent pics are great. The clarity is just as I remember it. Keep up the effort.

Davelandweb said...

PS: Tim - The Monstro controversy is old...there was some discussion last year over whether his original color was black or blue (almost like something out of Sleeping Beauty!). Not sure why he was rehabbed the color he is now.

CoxPilot said...

Dave: I happened to be around when Monstro was being painted (along with a lot of other stuff). Being a budding artist, I was curious about how they did the rocks, etc. (splattering with multiple brushes and colors). I observed that they were using Cobalt Blue for Monstro. As you know, it's a color used for the night sky because when white is added, the sky can change to evening dusk. Black is a "dirty" pigment, but the Cobalt Blue makes for a clean look. I asked why they didn't us black, and the response was that it didn't match the sky, or the water in the canals.

When I read all the hub-bub about the color on Monstro, it surprised me. We all could see at the time that it was a very dark (almost black) blue.

So there! Why they decided to paint it gray in later years may be because cobalt blue became an environmental issue around the 70's, and was hard to get.

Davelandweb said...

CoxPilot - as always, thanks for the extra informative info. This is the kinda' stuff that keeps me blogging!