Found in the attic today . . . Freedom Land USA ashtray/paper weight. Freedom Land was an amusement part in the Bronx, New York, from 1960-64. It featured an historic theme, with Old New York, Old Chicago, San Francisco etc. I remember it fairly well, so I'd say we were probably there towards the end, '63 or '64, when I was 6 or 7. I remember riding in a stagecoach, I remember the fake Chicago Fire, and I remember waiting in line at the Borden's display to see Elsie the Cow. We waited for at least an hour, slowly making our way up the raised ramp and had just about made it to the barn doors when it was announced that Elsie was going to take a break, lol. I'm not really sure what happened to her that day, but apparently whatever cow was actually there that day had some problems and they shut down the display. I was so upset, I just wanted to see the cow from the TV commercials! For some reason, even though we lived near a farm and I saw cows everyday, I was in "love" with Elsie. My father promised me we'd never buy another Borden's product again, lol.
For the Wiki on Freedom Land, click here. Apparently most of the rides were dismantled and sold to various other venues. I've been to Clark's Trading Post in New Hampshire where the Santa Fe Railroad Depot ended up, so I must have seen it twice without realizing it. Co-op City was built on the land that was Freedom Land.
Found with Google Images, is there any doubt why I was so fond of Elsie, rofl!