Tuesday, February 21, 2012

2000th Post Extravaganza: Penny Arcade and More

A real treat for all you genuine FauxD© fans, as today’s post has a healthy dose of those “you are there” images! Can you imagine a shop with Jellies & Jams on Main Street? Or a bakery with fresh donuts and coffee?

I would have to stop for one of those donuts...or maybe two...or three...

Sunny View Farms Jellies & Jams were eventually replaced by the Sunkist Citrus House. Fresh Lemonade? Count me in for at least one tart glass of my favorite beverage!

I love the Penny Arcade...all of the vintage games and musical instruments. Of course, back in the day, there were more contraptions and less candy.

The lights at night are a beacon for this cool Main Street staple:

I believe I see my favorite fortune-teller, Esmeralda up front:

Speaking of Esmeralda, Cox Pilot was kind enough to share an original vintage fortune card that he received from her:

As he recalls: You’re looking at the front and back of the ONE Esmeralda card we could find (mine—my wife’s is somewhere around here). We got the cards in December of 1965, just before we were to be married in early Jan '66. I was still working for Cox, but now in the Engineering and Research Department because the Flight Circle had closed that September. We decided that if I could get a good job in the main plant, we would be married. Later, in February of '66 (Valentine's Day) we also got two cards again. Both of our cards said almost the same thing…a child would be coming. In February of 1968 our first daughter was born.

Pulling back, here's a good overall look at this section of West Main Street:

And now a sampling of some of the vintage musical Rube Goldbergs that used to inhabit the Penny Arcade:

Pluto & Goofy at the side entrance to the Arcade:

And my last vintage (albeit blurry) image of the Penny Arcade:

See more vintage & current Disneyland Main Street U.S.A. photos on my Main Street web page.


Momma Nic said...

This has been so fun, I am wandering along right behind you. It was great to see the inside shots of the Penny Arcade. Spent alot of time in there. Great memories.
Congrats on your 2000th

Major Pepperidge said...

I mis all those amazing coin-operated gizmos, especially the unique games. Wonder if they are in storage, or if they were sold off. A friend claims that some of the musical machines were sold to a collector.

CoxPilot said...

We still have our 1965 card from Esmeralda.

ps: Not happy with this "password" thing

Daveland said...

Lee - Thanks for the reminder - I added it to the post.

Snow White Archive said...

Esmeralda knows her stuff. :)

Chiana_Chat said...

With CoxPilot twice over since I've had a lot of trouble posting comments on blogger in recent weeks. Either the captcha won't refresh, won't accept or if it does the post doesn't actually appear on the blog. It seemed to clear up yesterday so I'm back here for another attempt.....

Chiana_Chat said...

YAY the post went through and I see the post!!


Congrats for the milestone of posts and THANK you Dave for every one of your varied and day-brightening posts!!

JG said...

Fantastic post Dave, the penny arcade was always an important stop for me, right after the book store, ha.

I remember i would always play a baseball game, even though I hated baseball, i loved to watch the little metal players run around the bases. Too cool. Now it's all video screens, which you can see anywhere...

For those really interested, there is a museum of penny arcade machines in San Francisco, Fishermans Wharf, called Musee' Mechanique. Fascinating, very steam-punk.