" . . . it will hopefully win me a free trip to Disneyland!"
That would have been my entry if I had been alive during the spring of 1956 when this contest from 3M was offered to consumers. Br'er Rabbit was the focal point of the contest advertising which was featured prominently in comic books and also in the comics sections of newspapers on April 8, 1956. The prize for twenty-five lucky winners:
YOU'LL FLY to Los Angeles with three members of your.family via luxurious TWA Constellation, stay at the exclusive Hampton-Sheraton Hotel. At Disneyland, you'll ride flying elephants, midget cars, pimte ships, "rocket to the moon" . . . see all the wonders of Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Frontierland, Fantasyland. On a Tanner-Gray Line Bus Tour, you'll visit a real movie studio, network TV shows, homes of Hollywood stars. You'll enjoy a whole week of thrills with all regular expenses paid—plus $250 in cash for meals and anything else you like!
The Barstow family from Wethersfield, Connecticut were winners in this contest, and their home movies compilation, a 30-minute film entitled Disneyland Dream, was added to the National Film Registry in 2008. I was only able to track down the names of three of the other twenty-four winners: seven-year old Mike Magruder of Beaumont, Texas; eight-year old Kenneth Haydis of Flagstaff, Arizona; and Mrs. George Ripley of Clarion, Iowa. It appears that the winners took their trips in mid-July of that year. If any of you folks are out there, we'd love to hear a trip report!