Friday, March 4, 2011

Disneyland Train and Monorail SOLD! (& Mickey Too!)

Today, we have another vintage newspaper clipping. This is among one of the oldest in my collection. I don't have an exact date, but I think I cut this out of the newspaper sometime in the late seventies or early eighties. I remember being confused at the time about why the family owned only the train and monorail and not the rest of the park and also why they were willing to sell them and Mickey Mouse. Perhaps after reading this, someone out there will be able to pinpoint the exact year this all took place.

Just in case anyone is curious, here is the back of the clipping. I did a little research using just the names "Dood and Elrod" that appear in the middle of the artwork, and it appears that this is a piece of the "Mark Trail" comic strip. A bit of trivia: Mark Trail began in 1946 and is still in syndication today.

Since my last post included a personal Disneyland souvenir, I thought I would include another one from my collection. This book of Disneyland "Hi-Lites" measures approximately 4" by 3" and was purchased for me during an early childhood visit to the park.....probably around 1969 or 1970.

I always loved the way the pages in this book were glossy and trimmed with a white border as if they were actual snapshots that you had taken yourself.


Connie Moreno said...


A Snow White Sanctum said...

That's a nifty little souvenir book Dood! :) It's amazing you've been able to hold onto this small treasures all these years.

Dan Alexander said...

The headline "Mickey Mouse Sold" really grabs your attention (just like the newspaper wanted). Was Mickey sold to Warner Brothers?!? No, to Walt Disney Productions. This story would have confused me, too. In fact, it still confuses me.

How about this headline: "Disney Character Has No Pants" and the story is about Donald Duck.

George Taylor said...

How about this?

On December 1, 1981, Retlaw transferred all of its non-Disney assets to Flower Street in exchange for 4,500 shares of authorized but unissued Flower Street common stock.

On the same day, the Retlaw board of directors also authorized the distribution of the Flower Street stock pro rata to the Retlaw shareholders, but specified that the distribution could only be made concurrently with the closing of Productions' proposed acquisition of Retlaw. Retlaw took no formal action, as evidenced by share­holder or Board resolution, contemplating the liquidation of Flower Street in the event the acquisition of Retlaw by Productions failed to occur.

On December 18, 1981, Productions commenced the solicitation of proxies in connection with its January 28, 1982 shareholders' meeting. At the scheduled meeting, Productions' shareholders approved the Retlaw Acquisition Agreement by an affirmative vote of 93 percent of the common shares voted. Immediately following the meeting, also on January 28, 1982 and just prior to Productions' acquisition of the stock of Retlaw under the terms set forth in the Retlaw Acquisition Agreement, Retlaw distributed to its own shareholders pro rata all of the outstanding stock of Flower Street, until then owned by Retlaw.

TokyoMagic! said...

Connie, Thanks!

SWS, I'm lucky that I was able to keep everything that I had collected over the years. We never moved when I was growing up, so I was never forced to get rid of those fact, some items are still at my family's home. As an adult, I've only moved once, and I just kept everything together through that move and decided that I wasn't going to toss out any of that stuff.

Dan, Yep..that healine definitely grabs your attention and makes you think "What?...Who?...Why?" Donald Duck is a little risque, isn't he?

George,'ve really pinpointed it! Thank you so much for that info!

Vaughn said...

I think that the Enchanted Tiki Room was also one of those items that was Walt Disney's personal property at one time.

...But It Wasn't Always That Way! said...

That clipping is heartbreaking. It's like the beginning of the end (but probably wasn't the beginning).

I saw that Hi-Lites book on ebay last week and I was really interested but I missed out. I'm SOOO glad I found this and got to peak at the wonders inside!