Thursday, November 5, 2009

Steve Martin @ Disneyland, July 1956

Continuing our somewhat unplanned string of posts about show-biz/musical personalities, TSG presents this  grainy screen capture for your consideration. 

TSG came across this image after discovering, a website devoted to "...offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format."  One of their collections features home movies, and one of the more popular selections is a 34-minute homespun documentary of a family that won a trip to Disneyland.

Back in 1956, Robbins Barstow and his family entered a contest sponsored by 3M, and won a week-long trip to the newly-opened Magic Kingdom. The resulting amateur travelogue was uploaded 40 years later and subsequently chosen as an addition to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry. Here's a link to the webpage for the movie:

Shortly after receiving this honor, Mr. Barstow got a letter Steve Martin with the following revelation...

“At age eleven I worked at Disneyland. I sold guidebooks at the park from 1956 to about 1958. I am as positive as one can be that I appear about 20:20 into your film, low in the frame, dressed in a top hat, vest, and striped pink shirt, moving from left to right, holding a guidebook out for sale.”

 And so, TSG is happy to pass the revelation on to our readers, along with a chance to relive--if just for a few minutes--those golden days of yesteryear.

1 comment:

Parm said...

From Alice to Disney. Yikes!

Actually, that's not so bizarre after all. I have a photo around somewhere of Alice, in character, at Disneyland posing with the Big Bad Wolf and Captain Hook. The bad boys of Disney, don't you know.

Interesting sounding website. I take it that it is curated unlike, say, YouTube. Good place for Compan should it ever turn up. Thanks for the tip.