Sunday, December 20, 2009

Happy Holidays

This will probably be my last blog of 2009 as we leave for Walt Disney World on the 25th and won't return till the 3rd, so I thought I would close out the year with a few Christmas themed postcards. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year; enjoy!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Art Corner "Animated" Postcards

A while back the Major at Gorillas Don't Blog featured three Squeaker cards from the Art Corner in Tomorrowland. I thought I would follow them up with a few Art Corner Animated cards. Below are Nickel Tour #0573 and #0575. They're standard size postcards with a plastic animated square attached to it.

But don't be fooled by the following cards; these are "knock off" cards not listed in The Nickel Tour. The paper cards themselves were produced from the same publisher but, as you can tell, the animated feature is smaller than the space provided. Someone probably had a surplus of cards and scrounged up what they could find to paste on them; besides, what does Donald lifting weights have to do with a mermaid under water?

You can check out the other Animated cards at

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Latest Aquisition 7

I just aquired Nickel Tour #0475, card J-15, Adventureland - Animals and now have the complete set of Panorama postcards.

There are 13 cards in this series measuring 3-1/2" by 11" and were produced in a folder as well.

Check out the updated site at

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Latest Aquisition 6

Sorry for not having anything Halloween related to report but I do have these interesting items. Last year I purchased a box of Disney paraphernilia at a postcard show. Inside was a felt pennant, measuring approximately 29" by 12", with a Disneyland 3-D postcard attached to it. It happens to be Nickel Tour #0609, card 1-517. Knowing this card was copyrighted in 1966 by Walt Disney Productions, I would assume the pennant came out that time or shortly after.

I was fortunate earlier this year to aquire another similar pennant. It also measures  approximately 29" by 12" with a Disneyland 3-D postcard attached to it. This one, however, happens to be Nickel Tour #0606, card 1-514. As with the card above, it too was copyrighted 1966 by Walt Disney Productions and also came out about that time or shortly after.

Knowing these two exist, I wonder if pennants with the other two 3-D cards are somewhere out there?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Variation 6

It's been a while since my last post as I've really been trying to get back into working on my web site. In doing so I came across this variation of NT: 0977, 01110482 DT-35929-C, It All Started With A Mouse. The image in the Nickel Tour is the one shown below. Notice it has no clouds and the banner "behind" Mickey's left ear is blue and yellow.

You'll notice in the variation shown below there are now clouds added as well as the banner is now purple and yellow.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Latest Aquisition 5

In April of 1964, Walt Disney personally selected the site for Walt Disney World while flying over Central Florida in this Grumman G-159 Gulfstream I. The cards are copyrighted 1964 by Walt Disney Productions and show a view of the plane in flight and an interior view of the cabin.

The plane is now on display at the Disney Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Variation (?)

While completing Cards #1216 thru #1320 I remembered this card; it's Nickel Tour #1287, card 0100-10486, Fantasy in the Sky. This postcard in particular was sent to those who ordered the Olympic Spirit Passport. This one happens to be one sent to the late Bruce Gordon.

The passport, shown below, was issued to commemorate the 1984 Olympics. It came with a nice medallion with a red, white and blue ribbon.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Variations 5

Let's get back to the real focus of this blog and that is Disneyland Postcards. This variation is Nickel Tour #1006, card 01110511, DT-35935-C, Matterhorn Mountain. Notice this card has clouds and a black back.

This variation is without clouds and a blue back. There's also a variation without clouds and a black back.

Also, get a look at the people in the picture. The man in the blue sweater doesn't look too happy to be there and the woman in the red definately doesn't want her picture taken.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Latest Aquisition 4

Came across this rarity last month; it's a copy of The Disneyland News, Vol. 1 - No. 1, dated July 1955.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Update 2

As I said on Friday, don't be surprised if you see a couple more posts in the next few days. Well, believe it or not, here's another one. This section contains what I have in the area of the 1964 New York World's Fair. I really don't know much about the fair except what I've heard and read so forgive me if some of my information in incorrect.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Update 1

Well, it's been a while, almost two months, but I really didn't have much to post untill now. I've added to this section and have a couple more I'm working on. I'll be attending a Disney fan club convention next week and plan on seeing my favorite vendor when it comes to Disneyland postcards; don't be surprised if you see a couple more posts in the next few days. I'll give you a clue; they have to do with hotels around Disneyland and the 1964 New York World's Fair. Well, enough for now, I've got to get back to work before the scanner cools down.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Latest Aquisition 3

I decided to take a break from my site and blog for a while, I didn't realize it had been this long. Last Saturday I attended a mini reunion of the Disneyland Alumni club at the Holiday Inn in Anaheim. While leaving we passed the gift shop and of course had to stop and look at the postcard rack. I came across this interesting aerial view of the Park. It wasn't until I got home that I took a good look at it. It's not a recent image; but when was it taken?

I first focused on the obvious, Tomorrowland, and noticed the Peoplemovers were still in operation. Therefore it must have been taken between 1967 and 1995. Taking a closer look I noticed they were white with painted stripes which narrowed down the timeline between 1987 and 1995. I then turned my attention to it's a Small World's pastel facade but couldn't find a timeline when it was painted these colors so I moved on. Tom Sawyer's island caught my eye next. I beleive that's the Fantasmic stage out by Laffite's Tavern. Knowing that Fantasmic began in 1992 further narrowed the timeline between 1992 and 1995. This is what makes collecting Disneyland postcards interesting. Not only are we, as collectors, collecting Disneyland artifacts but we're also preserving moments in the Park's history.

Monday, April 6, 2009


Well, it’s completed; the section containing cards #0657 thru #0781B, 1-xxx is finished. Consisting of 194 cards, fronts and backs, this series contains several new approaches, not seen in previous pages. With all the variations in this series, especially with the backs, I decided to include a section of pages devoted to them. I also changed the way the images appear on the pages. I plan to continue using this “evolution” in future series and plan, when time permits, to go back and upgrade the pages already uploaded. So, take a look and let me know what you think; it truly has become a labor of love.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Variations 4

Another interesting variation is Nickel Tour #0239, card A-6, Town Square – U.S.A. Notice the girl in the last row of the Trolley in the green dress and the girl to the right next to the popcorn wagon in the yellow…

Now they’re both in white…

Now the girl in the Trolley is in yellow and the girl next to the popcorn wagon is back to yellow.

I guess they just couldn’t make up their mind.

Saturday, February 28, 2009


Have you seen this card? It’s Nickel Tour #1518, card 0100-11620, Back Slappin’ Big Al.

It’s one of several elusive cards I have my sights on. If you see this card, do not approach as he may be armed with a guitar and dangerous. Contact me immediately. (Note: The Wanted Poster border is not part of the card, but you already knew that).

Monday, February 23, 2009

Streets of Paris

I once told a vendor friend of mine I was still looking for a particular VHTF postcard and if I were ever to find this card and never add another card to my collection I would consider my collection complete. The card is Nickel Tour #0122, card D-131, Streets of Paris. It’s an interior view of the Art Corner in Tomorrowland which made its debut during the Park’s first summer and closing in 1966. Well, here’s the card I just added to my collection.

As for never adding another card to my collection and considering my collection complete, well, there’s still a few elusive cards out there still waiting to be found.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Golden Horseshoe Revue

While scanning my postcards I came across this image of The Golden Horseshoe Revue. It's Nickel Tour #0707, Card 1-295, Golden Horseshoe Revue released between 1965 and 1969.

There's nothing special about this card. I just thought it was a classic image of the Golden Horseshoe troupe; Wally Boag (Pecos Bill), Fulton Burley, Betty Taylor (Slue Foot Sue), the Golden Horseshoe Can-Can girls and last, but not least, the Golden Horseshoe "Orchestra".

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Variations 3

Thought I would take a break from scanning and throw out another variation; besides I think we're over due for one. This one's Nickel Tour #0312, card C-1, Frontierland Entrance.

It's a good example when someone talks about blue water, green water; with clouds or without clouds.

In a previous comment it was mentioned that instead of actually adding clouds and darkening the sky, they could have actually "burned" (photographic term for darkening) the sky to bring out the clouds and the color of the sky.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Error 4

From 1957 through 1962 the Art Corner in Tomorrowland produced a series of postcards depicting Disney characters with a squeaker inside; one of them is Nickel Tour #0554, "I'm Dopey".
The front may be Dopey, but Si and Am managed to find their way on to the back.

Check out the rest of the squeakers I just uploaded to, cards #0536 thru #0571A.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Error 3

Just about any Disneyland postcard collector has the following card in their collection; it's Nickel Tour #0440, card E-8, Submarine Falls.

But are you sure you have this one? Take a look at the back.

Take a CLOSER look.

Take a look at the card in your collection and see if this is the one. It's definately a card you wouldn't suspect unless you were out looking for it. I came across this strictly by accident.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Latest Aquisition 2 / Error 2

First of all, Happy belated New Year to everyone.

Just got back from a Vintage Paper Fair (Postcard Show) and must say was quite successful. These days, with the size of my collection, if I come away from a show with a card or two I'm doing good. This time I came away with seven; one of them is Nickel Tour #1465, card 0100-11404, The Wildest Ride in the Wilderness. This one qualifies as both a Latest Aquisition and an Error.

But wait, this isn't a Disneyland postcard. It's an image of Walt Disney World's Big Thunder Railroad.

But if you check out the back of the card you'll notice it was sold at Disneyland. I wonder how long they lasted on the racks before being pulled?