Sunday, July 06, 2014

59 Years Ago Today: The Moonliner

Here's what the 80' Moonliner rocket ship looked like on July 6, 1955.
 Talk about playing things to the wire! Here's what the vintage caption read that accompanies this USC Digital Archive photo:

Wednesday, July 6, 1955. Early risers along a twenty-mile route between Hollydale and Anaheim were startled this morning to see an 80 foot Rocket ship moving through the streets. In order to prevent a gigantic traffic tie-up, the 10 ton aluminum and steel 'Air Ship of Tomorrow' was trucked before sun-up, from Hollydale where it was built, to Disneyland where it will become part of the TWA exhibit as well as the theme of the Tomorrowland section of the park.

These four guys look as if they have doubts as to what's going on. Who could have imagined just how successful Walt's theme park would turn out to be. I also wonder what The Penthouse referred to in the sign looked like?

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K. Martinez said...

Love the B&W and zoom-in too!

The four men had no idea it would be so successful that by the 21st century there would be "Disneylands" across the globe.

Today, Anaheim.
Tomorrow, the world!

CoxPilot said...

Walt's original place to stay was the second story of the original farm house that was on the property. That was the first penthouse.

CoxPilot said...

Dave: What does the sign on the rocket leg say?