Help me get info about an old CP postcard.

Wednesday, September 25, 2002 9:38 PM

I was going through some of my grandmother's old photos and stuff for my mother's 50th birthday party and came across an old postcard from Cedar Point with no date on it anywhere. It has 12 photos, including the old Sky Wheel, Mill Race, Shoot The Rapids, and Sky Slide. I took a picture of it and posted on a photo site http://www.printroom.com/_vti_bin/ViewImage.dll?userid=coasterforce&album_id=99533&image_id=0&courtesy=1.

Also, it is in good condition and no one has written on the back of it. If anyone has any infomation about it or knows where I could find out how old it is, please let me know. Also, does anyone know how much it would be worth, even though I am not going to sell it. Just wondering.

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-Rob Murphy-
"The world's fastes rollercoaster will open next year in Japan. Unfortunately, only three people in Japan are tall enough to ride it."

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Thursday, September 26, 2002 5:11 AM

This card has a pic of Shoot The Rapids, which opened in 1968. There's no pics of the Wildcat, Jumbo Jet, or Mine Ride on this, so I would guess that the card is from the late 60's.

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Scott W. Short
scott@midwestcoastercentral.com
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Thursday, September 26, 2002 5:30 AM
My first thought is 1972-1975. I only base that on the logo, which includes the Giant Wheel. Scott has a good point, because if it is early 70's, you'd think the postcard would have at least one of the new attractions from that era (Jumbo Jet, Mine Ride, Million Dollar Midway rides, Giant Wheel). I doubt that logo was used prior to 1972, though.

I have a similar postcard that shows the Cedar Point Cinema (which opened in 1975), but, as above, does not show any of the other 'new' attractions. That leads me to believe that your postcard is probably around the same time, 1974- 1975.

This postcard would probably get $10-$20 on eBay.

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*** This post was edited by Gemini on 9/26/2002. ***

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Thursday, September 26, 2002 6:23 AM
Thank you both for your help.

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-Rob Murphy-
"The world's fastes rollercoaster will open next year in Japan. Unfortunately, only three people in Japan are tall enough to ride it."

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Thursday, September 26, 2002 7:17 AM
Could it be from exactly 1972?

I'm with Walt in suggesting that the logo might have originated in '72 because prior to '72 the park didn't have the Giant Wheel, which is a pretty prominent feature of that logo. But if the card was produced for the '72 season, it is logical that the rides added that season (including the Giant Wheel) would not be pictured as photographs might not have been available as the cards were being produced.

What is that middle-row picture on the far right-hand side, anyway?

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Thursday, September 26, 2002 7:25 AM
Aerial of the Blue Streak with the Mill Race in the foreground.

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Thursday, September 26, 2002 3:44 PM
Thanks again everyone for your help.
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Thursday, September 26, 2002 6:34 PM
What rollercoaster is that on the bottom second from the left.

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Thursday, September 26, 2002 9:03 PM

If I recall properly, the Giant Wheel was supposed to have been the signature ride for the Cenntenial (1970). It was somehow overlooked that the spectaculars needed two year lead time. Thus it was delivered for the 1972 season. It is more than likely that postcards were in production by the fall of 1971. When I left there in 1974 the logo on the postcard was used pretty much throughtout the operation, although the cenntenial logo ( the starburst with CP in the middle) could still be found.

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Friday, September 27, 2002 5:10 AM

RllrCstrDude187 said:
"What rollercoaster is that on the bottom second from the left."

Blue Streak

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