The Original 1953 Disneyland Prospectus

“The idea of Disneyland is a simple one. It will be a place for people to find happiness and knowledge.”

Walt Disney had a dream. He wanted to build an amusement park where both kids and adults could enjoy themselves and make memories. Beyond that, he wanted guests of his park to walk away with knowledge. His vision wouldn’t be cheap to create though, and he had to convince his brother – Roy Disney – to help him raise millions of dollars to build the park.

After visiting potential funders in 1953, Walt realized he needed to show them what the park could look like. He got in touch with Herb Ryman on Saturday, September 23, 1953, and in just two days, he and Walt completed a beautiful drawing of Disneyland.

The map became part of a 12 page prospectus that was never archived. An anonymous benefactor recently gave high resolution scans of the pages to Boing Boing, and they’ve shared the first ever look at this document for all to see. It’s a treasure that offers insight into Walt’s plans for Disneyland, and it’s interesting to see how it’s different today.

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Text and imagery via: makeminemouse.com

The Honeycomb Wall Lamp is composed of 32 hexagonal tubes brazed by hand. The lamp is available either in nickel-plated brass or polished brass.

This iconic lamp was designed in 1953 for the high entrance hall of the Declercq’s house built by André Jacqmain and Jules Wabbes. To ensure it could be seen from both below and above, Jules Wabbes designed a lamp made of soldered hexagonal tube sections,  so that the light source (bulb) is filtered from both sides by the metallic structure.

The Honeycomb Wall Lamp is a classic of our lamp range and is an exclusivity of GEDE.

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Photography © Jan Verlinden