Monday, July 25, 2011

Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship & Guidebook, Pt. 2

Before getting back to looking at the rest of the 1956 Guidebook, here are two shots of the parrot that was in the cage next to the young lady in yesterday's photo. Thufer - this should answer that question for you!

Back to the Guidebook, we start out today's post with page 7. Main Street, U.S.A. is full of nostalgia and this page gives it to us in full color: a Marching Band, popcorn for the kids, and a horse-drawn streetcar. All in eye-popping color! Note that the Hollywood Maxwell Corset Shop is still selling their wares.

The Train Station and Town Square look pretty fresh in the two photos featured on page 8:

The photos on page 9 are so good that I am going to have to zoom in on two of them. Hope you don't mind!

I sure do miss the Keystone Kops; not only do they add music to Main Street, but they also serve as a tie-in to the Main Street Cinema.

Before the Plaza Inn, there was...The Red Wagon Inn. I wonder if their fried chicken was as legendary.

Last two glimpses for today feature Tomorrowland:

As you can see from the listing, Tomorrowland was still in its infancy, more akin to a vendor fair of exhibits.

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Katella Gate said...

Thanks for taking the time to scan these... I find gate pieces especially interesting.

I love the look on that kid's face. Yes, this is the real Jose, and he bites. HARD. Respect the beak.

Major Pepperidge said...

The picture of the kid with the parrot is awesome! Love love love the guide books.

Kyle said...

Great post, Dave, as always! Love the pics. I also really miss the Pirate Ship & Skull Rock cove in Fantasyland. Such a cool place to relax & eat while listening to the waterfalls. I never knew that there was a shoe store on Main Street! And run by Gallenkamp Shoes no less, who is long gone from the retail scene. I wouldn't have thought there would be a demand for buying shoes in the park. I could see maybe having a shoe store over at the hotel with the other shops, though. I assume this store didn't last very long before closing up. Again, great info Dave & thanks for sharing!

Chris Jepsen said...

Okay,... So why does the "vendor fair" of 1956 Tomorrowland seem so much more interesting than the vendor fair that is Innoventions? I guess giant telescopes, giant squid, and space stations are more interesting than flat-panel monitors, flat-panel monitors, and flat-panel monitors.

Daveland said...

Chris - 50 years from now, people may find flat-panel monitors and Innoventions interesting & nostalgic!

JG said...

Fun series, Dave.

Thank you.