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Great Adventure Postcards Spotlight

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Just a note... the postcards in this Spotlight have been scanned at a high resolution so that all the details in the postcards can be reviewed. If you click on a thumbnail, please wait a couple of seconds for the larger format photo to display.

 

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Just wanted to check with you, are you sure of some of the publication dates on the postcard sets. I noticed that the 1976 set has the Six Flags Great Adventure rainbow on it and Six Flags didn't purchase the park until 1977. I believe these dates are simply the copyright dates (or date that the photo was originally taken) rather than the date that the postcard set was sold in the park, especially since many of the same photos appeared during multiple seasons.

 

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I often wonder what was featured on the two missing cards (GA-5 and GA-8) from the original 1974 card set.

 

I think it is safe to assume that GA-5 is an artist's rendering, possibly something planned but never built like a restaurant. I would like to think that GA-8 is a card of the entrance gates to the Enchanted Forest theme park.

 

Anyone care to speculate?

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I often wonder what was featured on the two missing cards (GA-5 and GA-8) from the original 1974 card set.

 

I think it is safe to assume that GA-5 is an artist's rendering, possibly something planned but never built like a restaurant. I would like to think that GA-8 is a card of the entrance gates to the Enchanted Forest theme park.

 

Anyone care to speculate?

 

I am purely speculating but I think cards GA-5 and GA-8 would like something like this:

 

GA-5 International Gourmet Food Fair

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GA-8 Enchanted Forest Entrance

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They are few and far between but I discovered another "new" postcard! This time it is SED-207 and features a brown bear on a rock. It is very similar to SED-208 at the bottom of this post.

 

SED-207:

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Very similar to this card:

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Dave that's an easy anwser. The park was in transiton that year. Six Flag did not take over the park until 1977 but they were the managment company that was brought in to run the operations and development im 1976. If you look closely at the event sign outside the main gate youll see the orginal park logo and the under it a very simple script presented by Six Flags.

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Although these aren't 100% Great Adventure, I added a page for postcards of Jackson NJ to our collection because many of the nature scenes reminded me of Switlik Lake. You can check them out HERE.

 

Some samples are below:

 

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I discovered another variation of the early-80's postcard foldouts. The postcards are a little taller than the foldouts that followed it and a few images are also different. Click the image below to view the postcards:

 

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Anyone remembering writing post cards? It was always better to send them instead of someone receiving them!

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Here are some great "used" postcards with comments about guests' visits to Great Adventure in years past!

This one mentions all the lights and flowers and compares it to Tivoli. Also notes that a lot of the rides were closed.
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This one mentions long lines.
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This one says that they stayed 12 hours and didn't see everything.
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This family loved the shows.
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This girl got sick in line!
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