Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Walt Disney World R.R.

The Walt Disney World R.R. Postcard
01110200 dp 79909
This is the first postcard, numerically, in the 01110200 series of photo postcards.  They were not the first to be produced but the first to use real photos of the park as opposed to the pre-opening artist's rendering cards.
There are two versions of this card in my collection.  One uses black ink and the other blue.  I am not sure if there is any significance.

Both cards utilize the early Florida Flag logo.  There are also versions of this card without the flag.  Of those later cards in my collection, sans flag, their postmarks are all 1978 - 79.
This card is from the Main Street, U.S.A collection as noted by the pot-bellied stove icon on the back.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Wacky Wigwam

Wacky Wigwam
Parker Brothers, 1972

The Big D/Globe Head is shown on the side of this 1972 Walt Disney World Game from Parker Brothers.  Wigwams and ducks, interesting topics for an early Walt Disney World game, right? 

The object: be the first to cover all of your ducks under wigwams.  First, cover all of the ducks based on the number shown on the spinner.  Then fun begins by trying to find your opponents' ducks and uncovering them first. 

The game was made in Canada, thus (instructions en francais a l'interieur).  The back shows two other WDW games that I will be on the look out for now.
Thanks to my daughter for testing this game with me.  (I won)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Michelle's Bucket Hat

Multi-colored Globe Head Bucket Hat
Thank you, Michelle from eBay (or the person who resold this), for the great bucket hat.  It prominently features the Big D/Globe Head logo with the added multi-color filler.  Also, note the ears are much more oval in shape as compared to the more circular traditional ears.  I have very few items in my collection that feature this colorful design and am not sure when it was popular.  If anyone has any ideas, please feel free to share them with me.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Mickey & Minnie Autograph Book

Walt Disney World Autograph Book

Mickey is attempting to woo Minnie with his painted signature on the cover of this Walt Disney World autograph book.  The book has a hand-written date of 1981 on the first page and so is assumed to be from the late '70's or early 80's.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Mickey & Minnie Trivet

Mickey & Minnie Trivet
This 8.5" x 6" cast iron trivet features 'tourist' Mickey and Minnie and the Big D logo on a 4.25" ceramic tile.  It was made by Cherry in Japan.
Based on the great orange, red and yellow color scheme, I can only assume that this piece is from the '70's.
Happy Valentine's Day Weekend.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Love in Fantasyland

Fantasyland Postcard
Here is the happy couple on an early postcard in front of Cinderella Castle.  This postcard was part of a Fantasyland booklet of 8 cards.  You can read more about the early postcard booklets on Big Brian's WDW History in Postcards website. 

Monday, February 6, 2012

Mickey & Minnie Silver (plated) Spoon

Silver Plated Walt Disney World Spoon
In honor of the upcoming 'Day of Love,' I will be sharing items that feature the first couple of Walt Disney World, Mickey & Minnie.
Here is a silver plated spoon made in Australia.  It features the Big D logo curved around an early photo of the happy couple.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Tomorrowland View-Master Reels

Viewmaster Reel A9521

Not to be left out, here is a GAF View-master reel set of Tomorrowland.  They are older than the 1973 Talking View-Master Reels from my collection because they show pictures of the WEDway PeopleMover and Mission to Mars which both opened in 1975.
Reel A actually refers to 'Mission Control for Journey to Mars.'  Does anyone know if that was an alternate name for the attraction or is this just a typo?

Friday, February 3, 2012

Magic Kingdom Talking View-Master (part 2)

Talking View-Master Booklet
Magic Kingdom
AVA955, 1973
The booklet that accompanies the Magic Kingdom Talking View-Master contains the narrative used on the reels.  The cover uses the stacked Big D logo found on many of the other GAF sponsored items.

The intro describes the park's various lands.  Tomorrowland gets its only mention here: '...where the forces of the atom and the blinking light of future knowledge highlight journeys into science and outer space.'

Along with the narration, the booklet contains some great drawings of rides and attractions, including the Mad Tea Party sans canopy.  The middle has a great map showing the location of each reel image.

The images show some iconic locations such as Cinderella Castle, Swiss Family Treehouse and 'it's a small world.'  As well, a few extinct attractions are featured, such as Mickey Mouse Revue and Skyway to Tomorrowland.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Magic Kingdom Talking View-Master

Talking View-master Reels
The Magic Kingdom
AVA955 1973
In 1971, GAF developed the Talking View-master.  And as an official sponsor of WDW, it only made sense that they would create these Magic Kingdom reels with ''an exciting new combination of 3-D sight 'n sound."

The reels highlight all of the lands of the Magic Kingdom with the exception of Tomorrowland.  They also come with a booklet that contains a transcript of the narration.  More on that in my next post.