Monday, June 9, 2008

Knott's Berry Farm Complimentary Ticket Book - 1970?

Welcome to "Knott's Berry Farm Monday's" here at the blog. This undated Knott’s ticket book is full and unused, I suppose it’s still good today, but that’s something we may never know because I’m keeping this one!

The attraction map on the inside of the back cover would place this around 1970, odd since Globe tickets were in used already at Knott’s and these are not Globe Paper, more on that later. Our 1960’s Cowboy on the admission ticket sure looks happy to be at Knott’s!

The welcome message is nice, even if the concept was blatantly stolen from the Disneyland ticket books.

The tickets in this book are all good for any attraction. Dad with his pipe, perpetually ready to have “family fun”. Is that Whittles at the controls of the train, maybe dad shouldn’t be smiling.

The typical legal messages are on the back. Check out the paper itself, it’s from “Dillingham Ticket Co., L.A.”. Hmmm, Globe’s competition maybe? I like the water marking on this paper; it reminds me of the old “insurance” currency from the “Game of Life” which of course is whole heartily endorsed by Art Linkletter.

The Map from inside of the back cover. This map looks exactly like the map in the February 1970 ticket book (Knott’s “A” ticket post link).

The back of the ticket book is an odd mix. It’s definitely the “old” style with the family and the train, but it’s called “Bonanza Fun Book” which would place this more around 1971, but the 1971-73 “Bonanza Fun Books” I have all contain Globe tickets, so this must be a “transition” piece. Yes I lose sleep on these issues....

And because this post truly does have a cadaverous pallor, here is some Color! This tri-fold brochure is from December 1968. It claims 200 acres of fun; the same brochure in June of 1972 will claim 150 acres of fun, where did the 50 acres go?

Ok, so since you asked, here is the June 1972 brochure. While the front and backs are very similar (except for the loss of 50 acres), the inside portion is very different with mostly newer photos (THE DUKE!) and a little reused text from the 1968 brochure.


Major Pepperidge said...

There were still 200 acres in 1972, but 50 of them weren't fun anymore!

Chris Jepsen said...

For years, I thought I was the only one with that peculiar Linkletter line stuck in their head: "I heartily endorse this game."

Then Krusty the Clown used a variation of it on The Simpsons: "I heartily endorse this event or product."

And now it turns up on your blog!

Glad to know I'm not the only one wasting precious brain cells by remembering this sort of flotsam. :-)

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Major; you literally made me laugh out loud and I think you are right; the 50 acres are there still, there just not a fun anymore!!!!

Chris; that line has been stuck in my head for as long as I can remember. As a kid I never knew who Linkletter was, but I knew he heartily endorsed that game! I recall the Krusty comment, I wonder how many people “got” that one!

Anonymous said...

We still print some of their tickets today. Some on that exact same watermark safety paper.