Sunday, August 05, 2007

FREEDOMLAND, USA!!!


Hello all! Been a while. Hope things are well with everyone.

I've been busy with work and found that it was too frustrating to keep up an even pace with the blog. So basically, I stopped. I've since received some very nice e-mails from people who occasionally check back. Thanks for the kind
words!

Of course, my interest in all things Disneylandy is stronger than ever. I'll try to stop in from time to time and update.

That said, this post is in regard to Patrick's great postings on STUFF FROM THE PARK about that obscure and practically 'lost' theme park from Bronx, New York, FREEDOMLAND.


Freedomland was a short lived, East Coast answer to Disneyland. Even with the involvement of key Disneyland personel, the park lacked the magical glue that set Disneyland so high above its imitators. The park's short life span ran from 1960 to 1964. Poor attendance, bad weather, and the forthcoming World's Fair in Queens helped Freedomland into its early grave.

Here's a weird piece of original concept art I have for
the "PopityPop" Popcorn Cart
from the LITTLE OLD NEW YORK theme area.

Not as well known or as many enthusiasts as Disneyland, Freedomland does have a rabidly fanatic fanbase...many of which were lucky guests of this lost New York park.

In response to Patrick's post that had some Freedomland signage, I'll post some extremely rare Freedomland Hand-Silkscreened Attraction Posters over the next few days. They cover various attractions from the seven themed areas of the park.

Combination Mr. Toad's Wild Ride and Autopia, the HORSELESS CARRIAGE
attraction was in the LITTLE OLD NEW YORK theme section.

Like most of Freedomland, they are a pale imitation of Disneyland's Attraction Posters. Cheesy as they may be, they have an absolute charm of their own.


Freedomland's answer to Disneyland's SKYWAY in THE OLD SOUTHWEST theme section.


I'm certain these posters are much more rare than even the rarest Disneyland posters. You simply don't see them around.


8 Comments:

Blogger Tannerman said...

Thanks for posting these.

7:59 AM  
Blogger TiKiMOOSE said...

Great to see a fresh post! Love the fun posters and art, very whimsical! Thanks for sharing!

3:28 PM  
Blogger Chris Merritt said...

HE'S BACK!!!!!!


To quote Charles Phoenix, "Shocking."

8:12 PM  
Blogger Matterhorn1959 said...

Thanks Jordan for posting the poster images. I also like the weird concept art. I have some art for a Freedomland Candy bar that is pretty cool.

6:06 AM  
Blogger Chris Merritt said...

Post it PJ!

6:51 AM  
Blogger Davelandweb said...

Welcome back—it's about friggin' time! Great posters...if Toulouse Lautrece were alive, I am sure he would have sued!

5:13 AM  
Blogger Reference said...

Your blog is great!

Here are a few entries from the Archives of our library that mention Cedar Point, an Ohio amusement park:

http://sanduskyhistory.blogspot.com/2007/06/ga-boeckling-cedar-point-visionary.html

http://sanduskyhistory.blogspot.com/search?q=curtiss

5:16 PM  
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