The fact that the French Disneyland postcards are rare is likely not a surprise to anyone reading this blog. Behind the German black & white cards, the French cards are the next hardest to find, according to the Nickel Tour. They were sold at Disneyland, to be sure. If you look carefully at the photo postcard of the Art Corner (NT0122) you can see the cards under a sign that says Cartes Postales in the upper right hand portion of the card. (At least I am pretty sure those are the French cards back there…it’s a little hard to tell).
But were the cards sold anywhere else? This copy of NT0644 that I picked up recently makes me think that maybe they were. It is post-marked November 11, 1959 and was sent from Paris (Gare Montparnasse to be exact). The recipient of the card was someone in the UK. The greeting is written in English. I suppose it is possible that the person who wrote the card was at Disneyland and did not send the card until they got to Paris…but that seems unlikely given the subject matter and the postmark location (a train station in Paris).
Another thought: If you are looking for these online, I suggest searching for more than “Disneyland Postcards”…or any other term like that. The cards all say Walt Disney Productions on the back, but that’s it. There is no mention of Disneyland. It might make more sense to search for “Mickey Mouse, Eiffel Tower”, or something along those lines.
Hello everyone…I hope this post finds you all enjoying the Christmas holiday season. My family and I went out to get a Christmas tree today and spent the afternoon decorating it. This evening I finally cleaned up my embarrassingly cluttered office! (And I do mean embarrassing). I thought I would finish up the day with a quick post on this card from Tokyo Disneyland – The Western River Railroad.
This attraction is different in a couple respects from other Disney park railroads in that it only has one stop, has a narrower gauge and does not circumnavigate the park. It does take a tour of Adventureland at Tokyo Disneyland and the ride lasts for about 15 minutes (which strikes me as remarkably long for a tour with only one stop).
A couple of things catch my eye when I look at this card though. First of all, the card is reminiscent of NT0051, which shows the Santa Fe and Disneyland Railroad at Disneyland. The angle of the shot and, of course, style of the train are so similar that one can’t help but be reminded of this card when you see the Tokyo card.
Secondly, I found it interesting that there appears to be sponsorship from Tomy on the Japanese train. Sponsorship in the parks is not that unusual. After all, today the Disneyland Railroad no longer carries the sponsoring “Santa Fe” name that it once did. I wonder what a company like Tomy has to pay to get their name on an attraction at a Disney park?
Anyway…I will be posting on a few more Tokyo cards in the near future. I am also slowly adding the ones I have to the checklist database. So, you can check that out if you are interested.
I am on an extended trip in the Southern California area this week. Tonight I decided to drop by Downtown Disney to see what was going on. For the week after Thanksgiving, the place was remarkably crowded. I am not sure if it was mostly locals or what….but it was really rather crowded between 7PM and 8PM tonight.
A quick stop into WonderGround netted a few new cards. I have always had a soft spot for the Jungle Book, so I was happy to see this card of Ka, the wily python, for sale in the store. The work is titled, “Charmed I’m SSSSSSure” and is by Jeff Granito. Growing up I must have listened to the LP soundtrack of this movie a hundred times if I listened to it once. It is just loaded with great lyrics, music and talent!
I then went into the Grand Californian to hang out in the lobby for a little bit. While there I had the good fortune to hear the “Disneyland Dickens Singers”. They were really good and sang a bunch of traditional Christmas Carols as well as some more modern stuff. They did a fantastic version of “Mary, Did You Know?”, as well as a perfect rendition of “Carol of the Bells”. If you live in the area you should check them out. They perform right in front of the big Christmas tree in the Grand Californian lobby. Tonight they were on at 7:30 and 8:30.
I have a number of other things I wanted to talk about regarding some really interesting eBay lots, but I think I will save that for next time. I’m a little too tired to continue right now!
Just a quick reminder that there are some great cards ending today on eBay, including a copy of NT0597 shown here. This same seller (rystys) who has been selling off some rare cards recently, is also letting a couple different panorama cards go as well.
The panorama’s come along every now and then, but it has been a while since I have seen the panorama of the Castle, NT0478, for sale online. The other one is NT0472, Indian Dancers.
So, don’t miss this opportunity if you are in the market for these cards!
I am presently on vacation with my family and my in-laws. We rented a place on New Providence Island near the capital of Nassau in the Bahamas. Internet access is really spotty at our place, but we are making do (perish the thought – no 24/7 internet!).
Today I wanted to post a quick note about some Disney related stuff I saw in town.
The most ubiquitous items we saw were these hand stitched straw bags. They are quite common. And yes, they actually are made by hand – not in China, like everything else seems to be! They had bags with princesses and with Mickey Mouse, etc.
Now, this all makes sense since Disney cruise lines do stop here (pretty sure). But I suspect the licensing of the characters is not “official”!
As far as postcards are concerned, I only saw one spinner rack with cards downtown, and there were no Disney characters to be found on any of the cards on the rack. But I will keep my eyes peeled!
We have been having amazing weather in my part of the world lately. Sunny, mild, clear skies. Well, today it started raining, which is a good thing, because we need the water. And while it isn’t pouring outside right now, the old addage, “When it rains, it pours”, is certainly true on eBay at the moment!
A couple of weeks ago you may have seen NT0596 come up on eBay. The is the Snow White over-sized Art Corner card. It’s not common by any stretch, and at the end of the day it fetched $260.
Well today, not one, but TWO copies of NT0597 were put up on eBay. I don’t think I have ever seen this card for sale online. One is in excellent condition (with one corner slightly bent) and being offered by the seller rystys. He/she has been busy selling off a rather high end collection over the last month or so. The other copy is being offered by yellycat. It isn’t in as nice a condition as the other card, but still looks to be in OK shape. The card for sale by rystys is pictured here.
To give you an idea how rare the card is, it is not even pictured on disneylandpostcards.net. That is saying something!
Anyway…if you are interested and don’t have this card, now would be a good time to act! You may actually be able get a better deal on one since the cards will be competing against each to some extent.
As promised, I have come back tonight for a post on the Tokyo Disneyland cards that I recently picked up. I have been slowly looking through these beautiful cards, one by one. They are a real treat and make me want to hop on a plane and go to Japan!
Tokyo Disneyland opened in April, 1983, and the cards I recently picked up are all from that first year. While I cannot personally say whether these cards were on the rack the day the park opened…I suspect they were not since many of the them show guests milling about the various attractions in the park. For this post, I thought I would look at one particular card…The Diamond Horseshoe Revue!
The Diamond Horseshoe Revue is in Westernland – the Tokyo Disneyland equivalent of Frontierland at Disneyland. Here you will find several attractions that you might expect – Big Thunder Mountain, the Mark Twain riverboat, a shooting gallery, even the Country Bear Theatre! At Slue Foot Sue’s Diamond Horseshoe…you will find the Diamond Horseshoe Revue – a lively can-can show in the spirit of the show at Disneyland.
Taking a look at the card, I cannot help but be reminded of NT0070, pictured here. It’s the same thing, only 28 years earlier in Anaheim! I doubt there were any Japanese girls dancing the can-can at Disneyland in 1955 though. But the Tokyo card is a testament to the coming together of two cultures that were at war only 38 years before the opening of the Tokyo park. For that reason…this card puts a smile on my face!
I suspect most of you reading this blog already have a copy of the Nickel Tour, but I saw this signed first edition Nickel Tour on eBay this morning and thought I would point it out. Recently, there haven’t been that many of these on eBay, so if you are looking for one, this might represent a good opportunity. (There are quite a few on Amazon right now, with the asking prices all well above $200).
Anyway…that’s all I had for the moment. I do plan on coming back today and posting on some cool cards I picked up recently from the Tokyo Disneyland Resort!
Until next time…
P.S. Note…the first edition has a red cover, unlike the one shown here.
Hi folks. If you haven’t already discovered these, I wanted to make you aware of some sales ending tomorrow. This is the same seller who has been selling off various other rare cards over the last few weeks.
Check out these lots if you get a chance…as of right now there are still a few bargains to be had. That NT 0473 Frontierland Stagecoach panorama card is not something that you see very often.
Until next time…
Note: These sales have ended…if you want to see the latest lots that on eBay, click
Tonight I have been struggling with a bit of a “writer’s block”. Whenever I land in this predicament, the solution is actually pretty straight forward…reach into a random pile of cards, pull something out and start writing!!
The winner of the lottery tonight was this pre-opening EPCOT card for “UNDERSEA ADVENTURE – The Living Seas”. This is a pre-opening day card for EPCOT, and as such, it has some text in bold on the back indicating that “The Future Begins October 1, 1982“. The card sort of implies that the Living Seas are part of the EPCOT opening day event, but in reality, this attraction did not open until 1986. After approximately twenty years in operation it was “rebranded” as “The Seas With Nemo and Friends”. Many of the original attributes of the attraction were removed to accommodate this change in branding. For more…check out Lost EPCOT.
Regardless of the history…this is a great artists concept card that was ultimately for sale as a regular card. There exists a version of this card which is identical to the one shown here, but without the extra text, “The Future Begins October 1, 1982″, printed on the back.
Until next time…
P.S. You may have seen a D-131 Art Corner card (NT0122) go for $256 on eBay today. That is a pretty remarkable price for that card. Just last year I picked up my copy for ~$80. And in the interest of full disclosure…the sale that ended today was also mine. It was a duplicate that I picked up a number of months back.