1950’s America really were simpler times.

Leave it to Beaver was popular. And, "beaver" wasn't a euphamism. Sigh. Simpler times.

In July 1956, the five-member Barstow family of Wethersfield, Connecticut, won a free trip to newly-opened Disneyland in Anaheim, California, in a nationwide contest. “Ten words written by four year old win family trip to Disneyland!”, headlined their local paper. In a recent New York Times Op-Ed, the video documentary of their trip – titled “Disneyland Dream” – serves as metaphorical nostalgia as articulated by author Frank Rich Simon Rich Sr.:

To watch “Disneyland Dream” now as a boomer inevitably sets off pangs of longing for a vanished childhood fantasyland: not just Walt Disney’s then-novel theme park but all the sunny idylls of 1950s pop culture.

The full-length 30-minute amateur documentary film “Disneyland Dream” was named to the National Film Registry by the Librarian of Congress in 2008, an honor usually restricted to Hollywood classics, from “Citizen Kane” to “Star Wars.” The full Barstow family film can be viewed here. See an introductory clip below:

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