Friday, April 16, 2010

Knott's Ghost Town News & Adventures In Business

Had enough Knott’s yet? Me either! Today we’ve got a double dose of vintage Knott’s stuff. There is no date on this “Souvenir Edition” of Ghost Town News; it must be from the early 1950’s based on “coming attractions”.

Neighbor John tells the tale of the Knott’s. This “news” magazine is 34 pages long, come back on bonus Sunday for the entire issue.

How many of these will we see on Sunday?

I might have to get some Fried Chicken…

Although I don’t think we’ll be seeing Elizabeth (Toni) Knott on Sunday, we might see the fire place & stone mill.

Is the Old Hotel really the first building built in Ghost Town?

Is a “before and after” photo even possible at this spot?

California looks barren, not for long!

Here’s a special treat, from March 30, 1945 here's a small (4 page) news letter called “Adventures In Business

Check out those cars! Do you suppose any of them are blue-tooth enabled?

This is back when it was Knott’s Berry Place. Guest Houses? I like the Ghost Town photo with the “future” rending on the right side.

The war was still on going and you can see it several places on this page. That flag is great, “Free Enterprise” Keep it Flying! Did someone proportional space this on a manual typewriter? That's not easy to do!


Major Pepperidge said...

Walter Knott's eyes are following me! Even when I'm not near the computer.

Interesting mention of those "Knott Farm Guest Houses", which I assume were never built.

outsidetheberm said...

Always loved this piece.

And how many of those structures will you see? Perhaps five or so - in some incarnation or other.

Great stuff, Tim.

Let's Talk Knott's said...

I have this book and love it. It is written that the Hotel was the first building in ghost town but there is a photo on Chris Merrit's Knott's Preserved site that shows the Hotel being built with what looks to be a finished Silver Dollar Saloon in the foreground indicating that the Hotel wasn't the first building. I hope to learn more about this on Sunday. thanks for the great post, see you at the farm!

Katella Gate said...

When they talk about the "melodramatic 50's" with regards to the Birdcage Theater, you get a weird sense of time when you realize they are talking about the 1850's, and they make it sound like it was not that long ago...

VDT: that last page was typeset and full justified on a lineotype machine, but they chose a typewriter font to keep the newsletter informal-looking.

By the way, I wanted to wish Chris Merritt good luck with his upcoming talk on KBF. I wish I could be there in person.

Jay Jennings said...

This particular souvenir edition of the Ghost Town News was printed in 1943 and is the only "All about Knott's" issue, as most issues of this great newspaper/magazine generally contained non-Knott's related subjects, with only a page or two dedicated to the farm.

Chris Merritt said...

Hi all - actually, both Phil Brigandi & myself feel that the small block of buildings that held the office for the Ghost Town News are the first buildings built, as there is a photo of them completed with the hotel still under construction in the background.

I'm really looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday - many of you (Jay, LTK, Vintage D/L Tix)I've never met in person. It should be a crazed, but very fun day!