New Group of Disneyland Paris Postcards

990066Hello everyone!  I hope you all enjoyed your 4th of July weekend.

This week, I have been corresponding with a seller on eBay about a number of Disneyland Paris postcards that they have up for sale.  I offered to purchase the cards as one lot, but he was more interested in selling them separately.  Long story short, after explaining that I run this site and am trying to put a database of all the Disneyland Paris postcards (and other parks too!) together, the seller (bryanwal3w35) offered to give me all of the scans for his auctions!  This was for about 40 postcards…so, that’s a lot of new data.

992008All of the cards are from around 2001 (except for one, I think).  And they all have a 12 digit number that starts with 060750.  It’s sort of difficult to say how many cards exist between the early Paris cards presently in the database and these cards here.  But I am inclined to believe that there are quite a few cards in the complete Paris “catalogue”.  The 992008_0001French, and Europeans in general, have traditionally used postcards to communicate.  In Paris there are a number of postcard dealers and the hobby of collecting postcards is participated in by many a collector.

It will likely be a few weeks before I get all of these cards added to the database.  I need to figure out how to number them.  I may just give them “provisional” numbers and put them in there.

I am actually on my way to Europe this Saturday and will be spending a few days in Paris.  One of my goals is to search out a few shops that specialize in postcards and see if I can track down a collector or dealer who either has a complete listing of the Disneyland Paris postcards, or who has some of the cards for sale.  Stay tuned!

Until next time…

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A Brief WonderGround Gallery Postcard Primer

WG_AdCard_1Hello Everyone!

Yes…it’s been a while, but I have had other things going on.  There just isn’t enough time in the day to do it all! But, never fear!  I have no plans to stop blogging, I just can’t guarantee how often I will be doing it.

First off, the checklist presently has an issue with the “Recent Price”category.  I am in the midst of getting it fixed.  The guide still works fine, but for some reason the code is being rendered differently now than in the past and it is generating an error.  In the mean time, you can just click on “Choose Display Fields”, uncheck the “Recent Price” box, and hit “Submit”.  That column will then go away.  Stay tuned…(editor’s note…the error has been fixed!)

I wanted to spend this post giving you all a brief primer on the postcards that can be found at the WonderGround Gallery located in Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California.  I do not profess to be an expert on these cards, but I do believe I possess a high percentage of the cards that have been sold there.

WonderGround opened it’s doors a few years ago (I don’t know the exact date) and is a Disney owned property.  It features the art of various Disney artists and sells there work in various formats…from postcards all the way up to large limited edition giclée canvases.

WG_684312I personally have 53 unique WonderGorund Gallery postcards.  I suspect that there are at least 10-20 more…and possibly quite a few more.  That said…when I look at all the WonderGround cards for sale on eBay…I have almost all of them.  So…I am guessing there are not more than 60-70 total cards as of this writing.

The bar code number associated with each card is not printed on the cards themselves. Rather the numbers appear on a price tag label used to seal the plastic sleeve that contains each card.  The lower numbers I have are the cards that are the oldest.  The highest numbers I
have are the cards I bought most recently.  This suggests that there is some semblance of ascending order in the card numbering…but the numbering scheme itself seems rather random.

The earliest card I have is numbered WG_86670900006 84312 (“Hipster Mickey” by Jerrod Maruyama).  I bought this sometime in late 2012 or early 2013.  The most recent card I have is 00008 66709 (“The Fairest One of All” by Shannon Bonatakis).  I purchased this card sometime in May, 2014.

The two earliest cards in my collection a have slightly different back than all the rest.  The banner on the top back says “WonderGround – An Uncommon Gallery”.   All the other cards say “WonderGround Gallery”.

Up until about two months ago (April, 2014), the cards cost $2.95 each.  Like many things at Disneyland though, the price has gone up.  The cards now cost $3.45 each.

WG_866709_0001So there you have it.  A brief primer on the WonderGround Gallery and it’s postcards.  I will continue to occasionally feature these cards on the blog as these are the only new cards coming out on a regular basis at the park.  New postcards of the park proper are rare.  Facebook, Instagram and all the rest have taken their toll on the postcard as a form of communication!

Until next time…

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Behind the Magic – 50 Years of Disneyland

Behind_Magic_0003I have been meaning to post on this set for a long time and am only now getting around to it.  Too many cards, too little time!

This set, “Behind the Magic – 50 Years of Disneyland” was an exhibit at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan.  The set consists of 24 different cards, all about 4X6 inches…maybe a little less.  All the cards feature concept art for everything from Pirates of the Caribbean to Disneyland Paris.

What’s great about this set is the wide variety of work represented, and the seldom seen pieces that are reproduced.  The Ryman castle sketch is a classic that is familiar to most Disney fans.  But Behind_Magic_0004how many of you have seen the Tom Sawyer Island art work before (shown here – artist not credited, listed as 1956).  Or, what about the color concept for the castle at Disneyland Paris?  Or the concept art for Mickey’s car in Toontown?

The set pops up on eBay now and then, but it is not that common.  Expect to pay between $20 and $30 for it.  That’s what I paid anyway…maybe you can get a better deal!

Until next time…

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EPCOT Concept Postcards

EP0003Editor’s Note:  Per the comments I got on this post, check out my previous post on EPCOT and the Living Seas.  There you can see a true pre-opening card with the text, “The Future Begins October 1, 1982″.

A few weeks ago I purchased a set of pre-opening EPCOT concept postcards.  I bought them in LA from a dealer along with the Tokyo Disneyland pre-opening cards I blogged about a couple posts ago.

The set consists of ten cards, all with (uncredited) artwork covering various aspects of the park.  Looking at all ten cards together (you can find them in the checklist as NT cards EP0001 thru EP0010), it’s actually not entirely clear when they were published. However, based on EP0003 (shown here), it is implied that the cards were published prior to October 1983, a year after the opening of EPCOT in October, 1982.  The cards may have been available as a set before the park opened and then sold at the park after EP0003_0001it was opened.  When I bought them, they were not in a pictorial folder, just a plastic sleeve. The card numbers do not really help in understanding the nature of the set, as they are not consecutive.  Perhaps one of you has more info on the origin of these cards!?!

Either way, the cards make up a great set. From Spaceship Earth to Future World, China Showcase to the American Adventure, they give a broad look at what the EPCOT park was intended to be.

Of the group, my favorite card is the “Horizons” card, EP0003.  The art work is fantastic, and it does the job of building anticipation for what was to come.  As to whether or not this attraction met the expectations of the visitor, I have to leave that to you.  I have only visited EPCOT once!

That’s it for now…next time I will likely be blogging on something closer to home from Disneyland!

Until next time…

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Country Bear Band Snapshots – Tokyo Disneyland

TD_Bears1As I mentioned last time, I recently purchased some early postcards and postcard sets from Tokyo Disneyland.  Today I wanted to share a set of cards with a Country Bear theme – Country Bear Band Snapshots!

The set comes in a folder, and contains 12 different drawings of the Country Bears about different activities.  The set is probably vintage 1980′s but I cannot be totally sure. The only numbering I can find on it is 0101-1000-680, but this is only on the folder, not on the cards themselves.

TD_bearsOf the twelve cards, I am showing two here.  “Saturday Night Bath” has one of the bears cleaning up while apparently singing or something.  I like the raccoon on this card sitting in the tiny bath next to the bear!  Overall a great little sketch.  No artist credit is given…but I suspect it would not be too hard to find out who this is from someone at the Disney Archive.

TD_bears_0001The second I am showing here has another bear educating a smaller bear about how to make a bottle whistle.  At first, I thought he was teaching the cub about the finer spirits being distilled in the countryside, but that would not have made a lot of sense!  The title on the back is “That’s right.  You got it!”

I have a few more Tokyo sets that I will TD_Bears1_0001break out and share over the next few weeks.  I am also slowly getting some of these newly acquired cards up into the database.  The pre-opening Tokyo set I spoke of last time is scanned in.

Until next time…

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Tokyo Disneyland Pre-Opening postcards!

TD0000ASorry it has been a while everyone!  I have been a little busy with work and the like…but not so busy that I haven’t been attending a couple postcard shows and posting on the Vintage Disneyland site on Facebook.

The big news here is that I have finally scanned one of the pre-opening Tokyo Disneyland postcard sets into the database!  I ran into Nick Farago at a show a couple weeks ago and he had a set for sale.  I still need the other set…right now I just have the out folder for that (also provided by Nick).

Do check the cards out on my Facebook page or here in the database.  I am pretty sure that these are the only scans of these cards on the internet!  I tried a Google image search of the folder cover and nothing came up…that in addition to many searches in the past to find these cards online.  Of course, with the Japanese aspect here, there may be scans online, but I haven’t seen them!

TD0001If you have a set of the second pre-opening cards, please let me know!  I would love to add them to the database.

That’s all for today.  Going forward my goal is post once a week here and several times a week on my Facebook page.  So…stayed tuned!

Until next time…

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Santa Cruz Paper Show Finds

Disney_ThankYouI spent a little bit of time today up at a small vintage paper fair in Santa Cruz.  It was a brief one day show that was free to all San Francisco Bay Area Postcard Collector Society members.  I was primarily searching for (you guessed it) Disneyland stuff…but also came away with a lot of great vintage airliner stuff as well.

First up I will share this non-Nickel Tour Disney_ThankYou_0001card that I found today.  I have seen this card on eBay several times and have just not pulled the trigger.  But, Nick Farago was there at the show today and gave me a little background on the card and I bought this from him.  The card was used as a thank you to anyone who wrote the studios.  It says in tiny print on the front  “Copyright 1955 Walt Disney Productions”.  How this relates to Disneyland is the sentence on the bottom of the card on the rear, “The Magic Kingdom. DISNEYLAND…now open in Anaheim, California.”  This was post marked May, 1957, so the park had been open for a while.  So, the card was used as a promotional tool for the park…as well as a thank you card. Perhaps some of the readers of this blog have versions of this card with an earlier postmark?  One extra thing…I think the Cinderella postmark adds some flair to the card…wouldn’t be the same without it!

NT1157I also found a copy of NT1157, the Helms Bakery card showing their Rose Parade float from January 1, 1955 (click on the image to see the back of the card). This float was used to promote the park…and features a castle, a Dumbo ride, and Mickey Mouse.  I can’t quite make out all the words on the front of the float…it says, “There is a good _____”. Anyway, it’s a neat card depicting one of the many ways that Walt and Roy went about promoting the park!

That’s it for today.  I hope you all had a great weekend and are enjoying (hopefully) nice spring weather in your area!

Until next time…

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A Few New Things

TD0048Hello everyone…I hope this post finds you well!

I have not posted here in a while, but that does not mean I have not been busy!  I have recently been working to upload the balance of the Disneyland Tokyo post cards that I have in my collection.  (Shown here is card TD0048…the World Bazaar).  I have about 80-100 Tokyo cards, and a few postcard albums. Most of the cards I have were published shortly after the park opened and make a great set of early images of the park.  Other than this group, I do have some Tokyo Disney Gallery cards featuring Disneyland Anaheim concept art.  These are not in the database yet, but I have put a few of them up on my Facebook page.

So…keep your eye out over the next few days/weeks as I will try to complete the addition of all the Tokyo cards in my possession to the checklist database!  As to how many total Tokyo postcards exist…that is anyones guess.  I was given a paper checklist (thanks Chris!) that was originally put together by Nick Farago, but it is dated and quite a few cards have been published since then to be sure.  Either way though…it’s a great start.  If you or someone you know is interested in making the list here more complete…please let me know.

EGG_JungleOtherwise…I was in Anaheim today for a super quick business trip, but had time to drop by Downtown Disney to pick-up a couple new El Gato Gomez WonderGround cards. The cards feature the Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean.  Gomez does a great job of capturing the essence of these attractions!  I only have room here to show the Jungle Cruise card…but I will put images of both on Facebook tonight as well.

Going forward, I will post here as often as I am able with information that will be relevant today, tomorrow and into the future.  For more current everyday news on auctions and prices realized, I will likely be using the Facebook page for that.  So check it out!

Until next time…

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More Disneyland Paris Postcards

DP-0166I just added a set of very cool early Disneyland Paris postcards to the database tonight.  These were sold at the park either at the opening or shortly after.  The cards all feature posters for early Mickey Mouse short films.  In and of themselves, these posters are fantastic…even without looking at the short itself!

If you want to check out the cards, they are number DP-0163 through DP-0168 in the checklist.

I guess that’s what these posters were intended to do in the first place – get people into the theatre.  These early movie posters are not unlike a lot of their contemporaries…masterful pieces of art work!  As an KingKongPosterexample, I thought I would share this King Kong poster from the 1930′s…just awesome!

That’s it for today…a pretty short post!  I’ll be back with more in the near future.  In the meantime…there is a copy of the D-131 art corner card card for sale on eBay if you haven’t already seen it.  Not much else exciting recently though (I could have missed some stuff…but it seems to have been pretty quiet out there lately!)

Until next time…

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La Guerre des Étoiles at Euro Disney

DP-0212I have to confess to being a little distracted lately.  While working on my own Facebook page that relates to this site, I have also gotten absorbed in a few other Facebook Disney fan pages.  There are a lot of fan pages out there, but I have been actively participating in the Vintage Disneyland, Disney History Institute and Walt Disney Family Museum pages.  These are great pages and there is an active following on each.  So…check them out.  If you like what this blog is offering, you will like these Facebook communities as well.

My other distraction lately has been playing the Lego Star Wars video game with my eight year old!  He loves it…and when we are not playing baseball, or playing with DP-0215a recently revived slot car set…we will spend (waste?) some time playing Lego Star Wars.  In 1977, the year Star Wars came out, I was 10.  I can’t imagine being a more perfect age in order to be completely swept away by that fantastical world!  As you might expect…I was swept away, to some degree.  I was a card carrying member of the Star Wars fan club in 1978…and I still have the card to prove it!  But that is another story.

Needless to say, the Star Wars phenomenon swept over a lot of other folks too…and not least of all the folks at Disney.  Star Tours, the first non-Disney themed ride to appear at Disneyland, opened in January, 1987 (only 10 years after the release of the original movie).  It was a DP-0216huge success, and the same ride was installed at Tokyo Disneyland, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland Paris.  These cards I show here are from Disneyland Paris (aka Euro Disney when the cards were published).  They are part of a set of six cards that can all be seen in the checklist database.  They number from 00108-00200 thru 00108-00205.  I have cataloged them as DP-0212 thru DP-0217.

The only original Star Tours ride still operating is in Disneyland Paris.  The other parks have all converted to the equally successful Star Tours – The Adventures Continue.  And as you are no doubt aware, after a long association with Lucasfilm, Disney bought the Star Wars franchise in October of 2012.  So…here’s to more interesting and fun adventures in the Star Wars universe to come.  Who knows…maybe we’ll get a few new post cards to boot!

Until next time…

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