Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Black and White Gems from Bud Hurlbutt

These black and white beauties were listed as being from the estate of Knott's attraction mastermind, Bud Hurlbut. I can only assume (and hope) that he shot these as well. It would make sense since all of these shots are of transportation at Disneyland.

The first two images show the Horse-Drawn Streetcar; it would appear that Bud followed it up Main Street...

all the way to Central Plaza. You can see the Art Corner tents in the background of this view, which would mean these were most likely taken during the first year of the park's operation.

The rest of these show Bud's fascination with The Mark Twain.

There's something hypnotic about that Paddlewheel!

Notice in the Pre-Columbia days, the dock had the name of "Disneyland Steamship Co."

Early dock shots show a number of prop boxes; I am assuming (once again) that the names on these were significant. Any knowledgeable takers out there care to elaborate?

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Thufer said...
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Thufer said...


Those are very nice. I always love pictures from the first year of operation. No matter what part of the park they show, I always remember Walt's quip of the park being always in growth and change. It is fun to see what he knew....Disneyland is alive!

K. Martinez said...

Beautiful! I love the paddlewheel and dock images with the "cargo".

Never really paid attention to the original pre-Columbia dock sign. Cool! It's always great to learn something new about the Happiest Place on Earth.

Anonymous said...

I'd have a run at some of Virgil's Corn Whiskey, made in Topeka.

Nothing definitive about any Disney connection to those names on Google, at least at first glance.

Neat pictures, especially in light of who probably took them.

Thank you Dave.


Douglas McEwan said...

I didn't know Bud had died. I'm sorry to hear it. I worked with him once at Knott's many, many years ago.