Friday, September 19, 2014

Souvenir Friday- Ceramic Trinket Box and Trays

When I first began collecting Disneyland items back in the late 1980s, this souvenir was one of my favorite items. In fact, now that I look at it again, it is still one of my favorite items. The cover to the box features a great graphic with Tinkerbell and Sleeping Beauty Castle. I like the blue color used as the background.

The neat thing about this souvenir are the two trays to hold things like rings and other items. Both features the Disneyland logo in the classic font.

The back of the pieces are all marked with the mid-1960s style Disneyland logo in the berm.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

More Movieland Wax Museum Buena Park, California

More images from Movieland Wax Museum in Buena Park California. The first image is outside the museum featuring the gold Rolls Royce and white neo-classical building. Unfortunately the camera was slightly out of focus (all right, almost totally out of focus) when this photograph was taken. The Rolls Royce was featured on many souvenirs including postcards, wallets and also decals.

The second image is of the Marx Brothers from their classic 1930s film Animal Crackers. I like the posing of Harpo with the Harp and Groucho with his golf clubs.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Two Exhibits Movieland Wax Museum Buena Park

Taking a detour north on the 5 freeway to Buena Park to the Movieland Wax Museum. Opened in 1962 and sold to Six Flags in 1970, the attraction closed in 2005 with a giant auction of the wax figures and sets. The first image for today features Bela Lugosi and Helen Chandler in a scene from Dracula. The set design is really interesting and gives the tableaux a creepy setting.

The second image is not really from a movie, but from a famous historical scene. The picture shows John F. Kennedy and his PT 109 during World War 2. I like the wet effect seen in this diorama.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

its a small world Topiary

When its a small world was recreated based upon the original attraction in New York, the designers wanted to add to the visual excitement for the entrance. One of the methods was to use topiary, lovely bushes cut into animal shapes. The topiary outside of the attraction is one of the elements I remember most as a kid.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mark Twain and Views

Three color snapshots of Frontierland. The first image features a great overhead view of the Mark Twain with the Disneyland band on the deck. The bright red color really attracts the eye and stand out against the white of the Mark Twain. The crowd is a very groovy collection of guests.

The next two images are ones taken during a trip on the Mark Twain. First up is one of my favorite now gone sights, Cascade Peak with the Three Sisters falls.

Final image is of the burning settler's cabin. This image shows the vibration of the engine when riding the Mark Twain, making the image appear almost like a Key painting.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Souvenir Friday- Wurlitzer Advertising Sign

When Disneyland opened, Wurlitzer sponsored a shop on Main Street and was the official music of Disneyland. The company used this connection to advertise their musical instruments, mainly organs and keyboards used in the house. Wurlitzer created signs that could be placed on their instruments at their stores, promoting Wurlitzer's connection to Disneyland.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Kiddie Car Rides

Two different snapshots of kiddie car rides at unknown carnivals or fairs. The first image is of a nice ride with classic 1930s style cars with a very rustic track and rustic piping to move the ride. The main kid in his sailor hat is very cute.

The second picture is of a more modern kiddie car ride with more streamlined cars. The mechanism to run the ride is hid under the planking and the fence is definitely more sturdy. The kids in this picture are just as cute.