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Fantasy Clock Structure, Storybook Land, Wisconsin Dells

This image shows a different side of the Wisconsin Dells: the children’s playground and amusement park called Storybook Land. The object shown is an animated clock representing the children’s nursery rhyme “Hickory, Dickory, Doc.”

“Plastichrome” by Colourpicture., Boston 15, Mass., U.S.A.

The caption states:

HICKORY, DICKORY, DOCK!

You can bet your life Mr. Mouse is “in the swing” at

S T O R Y B O O K L A N D

on Hwy 12, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

— The clock, having only one hand, is not doubt not intended to keep time, but simply to swing the mouse back and forth while the clock spins the hand around on its face.

Storybook Land is still in operation, and the clock shown above is still on display, though no doubt updated or replaced with a more modern version. The park train now runs directly past the clock,. and there are paths in front and on the right, not present in this picture due to the park’s ongoing expansion and updates.

This image likely dates from the 1950s.

“Sugar Bowl” Rock Formation, Wisconsin Dells

This image is a well known formation visited by boat tours through the Wisconsin Dells. Called by the fanciful name Sugar Bowl, due to its rounded and tapering shape, it is an example of many such free-standing formations in the waters around the Dells.

E.C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee, Wis.

The caption states:

Here at the Wisconsin Dells, a lavish display of sculptural wonders in their primeval state of undespoiled natural beauty are found. Traveling along the winding shores of the river one has the thrilling feeling of being transported back through thousands of timeless years when nature first began to carve mystic shapes and forms for her gigantic outdoor museum. One of these formations, the “Sugar Bowl”, stands amid the swirling waters of the stream, boldly battling with the force of erosion.

— This image is also represented in a folio posted earlier on this site. In fact, the two pictures are identical and come from the same publisher, differing only in the colorizing and sky illustration applied. The white line in the middle of the image is damage caused by the card being folded.

This image likely dates from the 1940s.

Stage Coach Inn, West Yellowstone, Montana

Shown in the image below is a view of the faux-Tudor style Stage Coach Inn, located at the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

Kodachrome Reproduction by Mike Roberts Studios Berkeley 2, Calif.

The caption states:

STAGE COACH INN

WEST YELLOWSTONE, MONTANA

Coffee Shop — Bar — Lounge — Sport Shop. A Summer and Winter Resort Hotel. Big Game Hunting and Winter Sports. “The Trout Fisherman’s Paradise”

— As indicated by the link to the business, this hotel is still in operation at the original site and with the original structure after more than 70 years.

The cars in this image place the card from the 1950s.