One year…and the 1955 Disneyland “Natural Color” Guide!

A year ago, on August 21st (ok…a year and two days), I started blogging on this site!  It’s been a great ride and a lot of fun.  I have enjoyed conversing with all of you who read it and hope that the following year will see more progress toward helping anyone who is interested get involved in this great hobby.

The other day I picked up a lot on eBay with a bunch of old photos of Disneyland, a couple of old tickets, and (the prize in the lot) a “Souvenir Book of Disneyland in Natural Color”.  It was a “Buy it Now” lot for a little over $50 so I took the plunge thinking it seemed a great price for the book.

1955_Guide_ReproWell, the book arrived and, and at first I was really happy with it.  If you are not familiar with this book, it was the first guide book made of the park, and was originally released in 1955. It has a bunch of images that were used for the first picture postcards of the park.  The story goes, though, that Walt was not pleased with it and chose to take on production of the books in house.  So it isn’t that common.

1955_Guide_Repro_0001So, while it is pretty cool, I was rather disappointed when I got to the end of the book and found that it is a 2005 reproduction of the original book.  It’s all stated on the back inside cover.  Take a look at the photos.  The seller was very gracious and we came to an amicable agreement after I pointed out the problem.  I was given an appropriate refund.

So…maybe I am the only one who didn’t know that this book was reproduced in 2005, but now you (if you didn’t already) know about it too!  So be careful out there!  (Reminds me of the reproduction postcards published for D23).

Until next time…

P.S.  I have been busy on a couple other blogs lately….check out my blog “hub” at Sundry Collectibles.

About Todd

Hello. I have been collecting Disneyland postcards and paper items for a few years now and figured I would start to share my collection with any and all who are interested. I actually started blogging on Blogger ( but after a while realized I wanted a dedicated Disney site since it is a fairly niche hobby. Enjoy!
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3 Responses to One year…and the 1955 Disneyland “Natural Color” Guide!

  1. Paul Skevington says:

    I am new to your site wow what a lot of work you put into it
    truly a labor of love. I started collecting cards around 1980 lived in NJ at the time
    down by Philly there was a postcard show twice a year and that is how I ended up
    with a lot of my cards. Did meet Rodger & Nick at a Mouse club show Mouse club long gone and also purchased some cards from them. Put them away in the mid 90’s dug them out last year. Want to thank you for the info on the guide reprint had no idea it had been done what a let down for you also thanks for telling us about the Hotel book
    reprint ordered one yesterday.Question time are you going to ad more pictures when
    you find time.Thanks again for all the time and work you have put into this.

    • Todd says:

      Hi Paul…thanks for the reply and the positive words. Yes…the pictures will get added slowly to the guide. If you want to help, that would be great! Lately I have been setting up two other blogs, so I have been a bit distracted, not to mention the day job. Anyway…let me know if you want to help with pictures. Even if you want to just send me scans that would be huge. Thanks!

  2. joe says:

    I just found one of these original 1955 books WITH the 9 cent stamp envelope! Sounds like they are pretty rare.

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