Friday, November 21, 2014

Souvenir Friday- Fantasyland Magic Slate

Continuing with the collection of Magic Slates produced in the late 1950s by Strathmore-Watkins. This example is for Fantasyland and features all of the attractions found in Fantasyland.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Two Publicity Worthy Photographs

Two nice images today that are worthy of being publicity photographs. First is a color image of the Naturgre's Wonderland Railroad moving through the wilderness. The framing of this image is almost perfect. If you look closely, you can see a family riding in the front cab.

The second image is of the stately Mark Twain coming into dock. This reminds me of an early postcard.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Rafts and the Burning Cabin

Two views of attractions in Frontierland from 1963. First up is a nice overhead view of a Tom Sawyer Island Raft docking on the island. In the background can be seen the Haunted Mansion (recruiting ghosts at this time to fill it's infinite halls) and also the Disneyland Hotel tower. This dock is no longer in use for the rafts and is now used as a spot to sit and watch the action of the Mark Twain and Columbia at the Frontierland dock.

The second image is one of the best pictures of the Burning Settler's Cabin that I have seen. The fire is consuming the structure and you can even see the arrow on the dead settler.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Two Sides of the Matterhorn

The photographer enjoyed taking pictures of the Matterhorn. The first shows the side of the Matterhorn from the Main Street side. A very colorful group of guests are captured in this image.

The second image is the Fantasyland side from the Skyway. Note the guest taking photographs from the green bucket. Also the track layout for Alice can be seen with a caterpillar ride vehicle on the track.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Columbia and Twain

Two views of the majestic ships that ply the Rivers of America. First view is of the Columbia passing the Big Thunder falls heading towards the dock. Frontierland looks fantastic and lush in this view.

The next image is of the Mark Twain coming into the dock with Cascade Peak in the background. Although I have seen and posted lots of images of the Mark Twain, but I still enjoy all the views.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Souvenir Friday- Adventureland Magic Slate

As part of the merchandising when Disneyland were these wonderful magic slates. Kids could draw on the magic paper, lift the plastic and the pictures would disappear. Thus, kids could draw over and over again. Most magic slates were generic, but others featured characters including comic, television and animation. Adventureland is the subject of this Magic Slate with great graphics of scenes found on the Jungle River Cruise.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fantasyland From The Skyway

Two more views of Fantasyland from 1963. First up is a nice panoramic view of the Castle courtyard filled with all the attractions found in Fantasyland. A nice clear day that looks slightly warm and a large crowd of guests.

The second image features the circus train Casey Junior. In the background can be seen the golden roof of the Fantasyland Train station. It also looks like one of the warehouses in the background on the right hand side.