Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Latest Aquisition 1

I know this doesn't qualify as a postcard, as something of this type could not possibly survive the postal system, but if you take a look at the back you'll see why I had to add it to the collection.

Made of 1/8" particle board, this 6" x 12" souvenir was sold in the Art Corner in the late 50s to early 60s.
As you can see in the image below of the interior of the Art Corner, there's a rack in the center displaying these "cards".

Below is a close up of the rack.

I'm not sure how many of these there are, but looking at this image and another in my collection, I see at least five others.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Variations 2

Sorry for not posting lately, I've been really busy adding cards to my web site.

This is a variation of Nickel Tour 0328, card C-5, Stage Coach, Conestoga Wagon and Mine Train. Notice the telephone poles just beyond the rock formations.

I guess they felt the "technology" didn't quite fit in with the time period so they were "scratched" out, a process used before Photoshop I guess. Also notice clouds were added to what I guess appeared as a dull sky line.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Error 1

Another variation I collect is more of an error than an intentional change to the appearance of an image. These are misprints or defects in the production of the postcard themselves. I don't intentionally seek out these cards; they just present themselves when I'm looking through the thousands of cards I go through each year. An example of this would be Nickel Tour 1189, card 0111-1000, Mr. Lincoln - Disneyland U.S.A.; here's the way the card appeared off the racks.

However, some slipped by as this one did.

You'll notice the image is flipped with the blue field on the right side of the flag instead of the left. You'll also notice the American flag is on the left side of the stage instead of the right where it should be.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Variations 1

In the previous post I mentioned I collect variations of the same card; here's a classic example found in The Nickel Tour. It's Nickel Tour 0231, card A-3, the Horse-Drawn Streetcar. In this view you'll notice the yellow 10 cent Fare sign to the driver's upper left.

The story goes that Walt Disney didn't like to advertise the cost of his attractions so in this view the text on the sign has been "yellowed" over.

The bright yellow sign stood out so much that they decided to darken it in so it wasn't so obvious.

And finally the sign was completely airbrushed over to match the background. You'll also notice four guests on the right edge of the Streetcar. The second guest now has a maroon shirt, the third guest a yellow shirt and the fourth guest red shorts.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

About This Blog

I've been collecting Disneyland postcards for the past ten years and have over 2,000 in my collection. The reason for the large number is because I also collect the variations; you know, with clouds, without clouds; red back, black back, blue back; green dress, yellow dress, etc. If you're not sure what I'm talking about, go to my web site http://www.disneylandpostcards.net/ and I'll try explain.

I created the site for several reasons; 1) To create a Reference Guide to help the serious collector, 2) To document, visually, my collection and 3) Just because I wanted to. In this blog I hope to focus more on individual postcards and highlight ones of interest and maybe, even, throw in a few other Disney related tid bits. So sit back, relax and enjoy and if you have any comments, please feel free to let me know. Thanks.