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  • [Pictures] Vintage Disneyland Postcards

    Thought I would share some of my personal collection of old postcards, and I do have quite a few more, so further installments may show up in this thread if people wish....

    Let's get started!


    Looks like a nice day at the hub, the horse pulling the cart even looks like it is wearing a silly hat in celebration!


    Things are pretty dead over at the Upjohn Pharmacy on Main Street. I am sad the famous jar of live leeches isn't on display, front and center.


    Ooooh....nighttime on the rivers of America. The Haunted Mansion peeks over the bushes, waiting to pounce on an unsuspecting keelboat. I only have seen this postcard once (when I purchased it), and it is one of my favorites as Mansion postcards are somewhat limited, let alone one as atmospheric as this.


    Tomorrowland, with nary a cartoon clownfish or Space Ranger in sight....


    Very nice exterior photo of fan favorite, "Not that Damned Song Again, the Dolls are Going to Kill Me in My Sleep"


    Yeeeehah! Let's head out for the painted desert and Nature's Wonderland! Hint: Don't pet the coyotes.


    The Mark Twain chugs past some of the more wild portions of the park. On board, everyone is drinking absinthe and playing cards.


    That thar house what has them ghosties in it.


    I don't have anything to say about this. Just walk away.

    Thanks for looking, and hope you all enjoyed this little look at the Disneyland that once was! I will see about getting some other postcards scanned in time.....comments welcome!
    when the spooks have a midnight jamboree....

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    Always a pleasure to see what you have lurking in the depths of your post card collection, just waiting to see the light of day. I especially enjoyed the painted desert and Nature's Wonderland card. Good times!

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      Wow, these are really great! I'm really digging the nighttime shot of the Rivers of America. Thanks for sharing them!

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        Great photos of the vintage postcards of Disneyland! I especially liked that photo of the Mark Twain crossing the Rivers of America. What happend to that waterfall in that postcard?


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          i like the castle in the picture, even though it's a little lopsided ) now i can see why people don't like the pink paint
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            Originally posted by Rocker View Post
            Great photos of the vintage postcards of Disneyland! I especially liked that photo of the Mark Twain crossing the Rivers of America. What happend to that waterfall in that postcard?
            That waterfall was part of Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland. The train would go around the different falls on the mountain. It was called Cascade Peak and had quite a few waterfalls cascading down the sides of it. It was torn down way after MTTNW closed, I believe, because it had extensive wood rot. I would hope to see something like this in that same spot some time in the near future.

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              I never get enough of this kind of thing. Thanks for sharing these.
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                Very cool! My daughter as a few old Disney postcards in her collection, but I suspect nothing like what you probably have! :lol: Thanks for sharing with us! Postcards are a wonderful way to catch a glimpse of history!




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                  Very niiiiiice! Hope you post more!

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                    I enjoyed seeing your cards. I always look through the old postcards at the flea markets, hoping to find some Disneyland ones. I have one that someone sent my Dad when he was a teenager that I should post! They have such a wonderful feel about them. I love the Mary Blair mural that is seen in the Tomorrowland one.
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                      This is the Disneyland of my childhood and it's GREAT to see these shots. I miss the big olive trees in the central plaza hub. The dappled shade they provided a tranquil, park-like setting to just sit and relax and watch it all go by. The jar of leeches at the Upjohn Pharmacy was a bizarre curiosity that had to be explained to me. The Nature's Wonderland area was full of great surprises and the beautiful Rainbow Caverns. In the photo of the Mark Twain, you see the waterfalls on Cascade Peak and the Mine Train went behind the large one at the bottom, then in front of a couple smaller ones that aren't seen in that photo. The Mine Train was closed in January 1977, then Big Thunder Mt. RR opened in Sept. 1979. Cascade Peak was still there until 1998 when it was finally bulldozed. Frontierland at night in the 1960s and 1970s was peaceful, almost sleepy, not a stage for an outdoor show. Tomorrowland at night was glamorous and exciting and full of life. Please post more!

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                        Wow!
                        These postcards actually brought a sentimental tear to my eyes. (sniff)
                        I was 9 in 1968. These pictures bring back some great memories of being a kid. We couldn't sleep the night before we were going to Disneyland. It was like Christmas. I remember driving down the 5 frwy and seeing the Matterhorn out the car window in the distance as we approached the park. Ahhhhh. post more! Its exactly how I remember it!
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                          Postcards were one of my first collections. You have some really nice ones there. In case you would like to see all the postcards, there is a terrific book called 'Nickel Tour' that puts them, I believe, in the order in which they were released. There are two editions. Mine is the first and the second was updated with more recent.
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                            Originally posted by HiddenMickeyBook View Post
                            Postcards were one of my first collections. You have some really nice ones there. In case you would like to see all the postcards, there is a terrific book called 'Nickel Tour' that puts them, I believe, in the order in which they were released. There are two editions. Mine is the first and the second was updated with more recent.
                            Nickel Tour is indeed an excellent book, though I must admit to not having cracked it open in a while...worth a look again one of these days, you are quite right.
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                              Thank you all very much for the kind words! Sadly, I missed out on a lot of this era of Disneyland, though can recall the busy Tomorrowland pictured here as a young child. Glad people are enjoying these and that bring back memories. More shall be posted in due course.
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                                And a fresh batch, to keep the thread going....


                                I must admit to not being the largest fan of this ride, but I do always like the snake in a basket in this section, along with the projection effect of Shiva nearby.


                                Here we see eager guests arriving at the park, checking out the attraction posters. I wonder what they are thinking about. Slow, agonizing death under the water in the clutches of a giant squid? Menacing tribal natives and headhunters in the darkest jungles of Adventureland? Eating cotton candy and hot dogs till they vomit? The world may never know.


                                Excited guests are all set to ride the thrill-a-minute attractions of Main Street. Whooooo! Feel the old-timey charm just seep into your bones!


                                Ah, good old Mt. Icyrocks. The bobsleds certainly were festive colors back then, before the horrid snow beast moved into the dank, frozen caves.


                                Those wacky ghosts, always hamming it up for the photographer. It makes me kind of sad the hoot-owls or cats aren't in this postcard, as they are right next door to these musical spectres. Why no postcard of a pop-up head, or the bicycle banshees, Disneyland?


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                                Rolly Crump and Mary Blair's combined whimsical exterior for IASW, soon to be home to spot-the-character. Just looking at it makes me want to buy Disney character plushes by the armfull.


                                RUN AWAY! BEARS! Few people realize the attraction's waning popularity was partly due to modern audience's reluctance to be mauled in exchange for musical entertainment and corny jokes.

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                                  I'm a sucker for these. Thanks for sharing!!

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                                    Originally posted by DizneyPhotoGuy View Post
                                    I'm a sucker for these. Thanks for sharing!!
                                    Oh, certainly, my pleasure
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                                      Awesome postcards! Thanks for sharing!
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                                        This postcard was sent to my Dad from a friend of his on July 13, 1968. He write on the back that he is having so much FUN at Disneyland!

                                        The caption reads:
                                        Horse Drawn Street Car The leisurely pace of days gone by is seen from the plodding horse drawn street car as guests ride down Main Street USA viewing America at the turn of the century.
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