I don't actually have cards for this book, most of the images below were made from scans of stubs. I've slowly been replacing the images with scans from loose cards I've acquired from this booklet. Originally I did not even know what was on the cover or what order the cards in the booklet were in, but, thanks to one of my readers (Becky Gray, thank you Becky) I have the is list showing which order the cards are in:
Fort Wilderness is one of the few resorts I have had the opportunity to stay at, and I think this booklet captures its feel and its sights quite nicely. Though I have to say one of my favorite cards here is the one that shows something I know is not there any more, The Fort Wilderness Railroad, which ran (According to Disney A to Z 2nd ed. ) from 1973 until 1977. In the first view of it below not only is Goofy "watering the train" but Donald is at the throttle and several characters are disembarking in the background, looking at the larger version of the image, it looks to me like Smee, Brer bear and Baloo are back there.
Alright so these views aren't actually trading cards in the sense of the type of cards you buy in packs, with "gum" in the form of a hard stick that really put your teeth to the test. Though I guess the trading cards people buy today don't come like that any way, still, some of us are old enough to remember those (you know who you are ). The trading I'm referring to here is a double meaning referring both to the change (or Trade) in the view on the Fort Wilderness Trading Post postcards pictured below, and of course the "Trading" in the name of the shop itself.
For a long time I had no idea which card was first but I suspected it was the one with the Frito-Lay products prominently displayed, unless Disney had some kind of marketing agreement with the chip maker why would they want that view of the trading post? To my way of thinking the second view has a more "rustic", wilderness trading post, feel to it which seemed to make it the more appropriate card one that would likely be the one they would change to and could see as an improvement over the other card. With the things I've learned about the various printings of this first series of Postcard booklets I can tell that the version of the card that I suspect as being the later version is one I have from a booklet that was either printed in 1977 or 1979 since it's a blue inked back with a solid castle icon. Too bad I don't know which since none of the other folks who have told me which booklets they have have reported any of these solid castle icon (1977-1979) booklets for Fort Wilderness.
My family stayed in Ft Wilderness in the middle 70s. I vividly remember watching the Disney movie Escape To Witch Mountain outside at a large field, just like the one pictured on the postcard. If you look carefully, there is a movie screen just to the right of the stage with the guy singing (to the right, meaning if you were sitting in the audience). In fact, the audience is actually centered in front of the movie screen, and the singer is facing them! This info throws a whole new light on a very interesting picture! Jerry. -- Jerry Killingsworth