Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Skyway and Grog 1958

Two more images from a trip to Disneyland in 1958. First up is a "meh" view of Sleeping Beauty Castle from the Skyway. Major made the observation that the camera angle is low, so the pictures may have been taken by a child. That would explain why there is almost more interior of the bucket than the castle.

The second image is probably of the photographer. She is on the deck of the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship restaurant with the great vending machine in the background dispensing Pirate Grog. Also note another nicely designed trash can next to the vending machine.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Boring Photographs of the Group

These two photographs from the same trip in 1958 are pretty boring. However, I like to show the entire grouping so you can see how the photographer saw Disneyland during their trip. And of course, there is never a bad photograph of vintage Disneyland and one can always see something fun or interesting. First up is a fairly bad photograph of Sleeping Beauty Castle that also is damaged and the developing seems off with a gray cast to it. What is cool about this image is the waste receptacle right in the middle of the picture. Disneyland has always had the nicest trash cans.

The next image is an almost great image, but the photographer did not elevate the camera and we end up with half the image being a blurry picture of the interior of the Skyway. The Rocket to the Moon is nice and I like the signage on the building.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Sleeping Beauty Castle From Frontierland's Entrance

Two views of Sleeping Beauty Castle taken in 1958. The original photographer liked the castle as there will be some more views of the Castle coming up. The first is very artistic with the water feature in the foreground, Carnation Gardens on the left hand side and the castle off in the background.

The second view is a closer shot of the castle from the same side. This view is more common.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Souvenir Friday- Disneylander December 1956

One of the largest auctions of Disneyland items was held last month by Van Eaton Galleries. The auction was of one collector's collection and featured many items including several Tiki Room birds, Monorail pieces, attraction posters, SOPs, Costumes and a Pirates of the Caribbean skeleton. I am sure most of my readers either heard of the auction or participated. There were some lots that I was interested in and this copy of the Disneylander employee magazine was high on my list of wants. Luckily, I won the auction. I believe this may be the first issue, at any rate it is the earliest dated Disneylander I have seen. The focus of the magazine is the annual employee and family Christmas party.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Only at Disneyland

Could you take a picture of a stagecoach and then a Home of the Future! Two more 1958 photographs from Disneyland. The first picture shows the young guest waiting for her chance to ride the stagecoach. The cast member definitely looks perfect for the role. And Major, she is just starting to fold the guidebook here...and it looks like the 1957 guidebook.

The next image is of the wonderful Monsanto House of the Future. I really like the light fixture that can be seen in the window.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Adventureland Entrance

Looking like a schoolgirl carrying her books to school, this guest was photographed at the entrance of Adventureland in 1958. The first view is of the back of the elephant tusk arch looking out towards the central plaza. The large shrunken (I guess that is an oxymoron!) is facing towards the camera and into Adventureland.

The second image shows the shields and skulls used to decorate the entrance and set the mood for the land and the adventures awaiting guests. It looks like the item she is carrying is a 1958 Disneyland guide book.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Red Wagon, Pendleton and Casa De Fritos

Two more black and white images from 1958. First is unfortunately a soft focus image of the Red Wagon Inn. This structure still looks great as the Plaza Inn.

The second image is a sharper focus featuring Casa De Fritos and the Pendleton store. I have always liked this perspective of Frontierland.