Monday, May 9, 2022

Letter from Disneyland (1955)

I was once again digging around a box of paper goods / ephemera this afternoon at an antique mall and stumbled upon yet another neat item. At first it was just an intriguing envelope with lil Tinkerbell doin' her thang, but then this envelope produced a beautiful, single-sided letter folded up inside, --and what's this? No signature on the letter? Oh wait... closer inspection and this is something else pre-manufactured altogether, --and unused even! So here's the question: Is getting a letter from Disneyland better than a touristy postcard? ANSWER: YES! Especially when it's a picturesque pre-made one covered in fun artwork and it has all the words already thought up and written out so you don't have to. Seriously, all you have to do is sign your name to it, lick a stamp, toss it in the mailbox, and then get your butt back on some rides! Oh, also it's from 1955, --the very same year that Disneyland first opened to the general public! If you look closely at the bottom left hand corner under the castle you'll also see that it says "Bob Dickey Humorized Products", which suddenly adds another whole collectable kitsch factor to this wonderful Disneyana find.


Brian Barnes said...

Disney wanted such a controlled experience that they even composed the letters home for you!

Mr. Cavin said...

Hey waitaminnit, pop-eye was with Fleischer! Nyuk nyuk!

This is a really groovy find. I like to imagine that Disney invented this whole thing because they didn't trust all those surfer kids to dutifully include the little copyright symbol each time they spelled out "© Disneyland."