Monday, December 05, 2016

Italy and George Washington At 1939 NYWF

Italy was trying to be a world power in 1939 with the Fascists in power and wanting to impress the world. The pavilion featured a large statue of the goddess Roma (who appears to be a scholar/warrior) and a great water feature with Italia featured prominently.

The second image features the large statue of George Washington surveying the Trylon and Perisphere. I like to call this the backside of George Washington.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Mark Twain Apron

A stunning red apron with both the Mark Twain and Tinkerbell in gold. The colors remind of 1950s Christmas. The graphics are very early most likely 1955.

Interior of Chrysler Exhibit and Railroad Show 1939 NYWF

Two unusual views from the 1939 New York World's Fair. The first is an interior view of the Chrysler exhibit with a nice small garden and a great mirror with nice Chrysler neon.

The second view is of the History of Railroads parade that was held on site. Railroad tracks were laid down in a stadium seating and historic railroads would be run across to cheering crowds. This was repeated after World War 2 in Chicago which Walt Disney and Ward Kimball visited.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Two Views ofthe Trylon and Perisphere

Two views of the symbols of the 1939 New York World's Fair, the Trylon and Perisphere. The first view is of the structures perfectly framed and in nice light. Where is my time machine so I can travel back in time and visit this fair?

The second image shows the large lagoon filled with sculptures and the iconic structures in the background.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Chicken of the Sea in Black and White

Double post today as I am having issues with my computer. Today's post features a nice family portrait (a little fuzzy) in front of the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship in Fantasyland. The ship was under construction at the time period as seen by the scaffolding on the left hand side of the photograph and the velvet rope surrounding the ship. The family is eating frozen grape bars from nearby Welch's grape stand.

Aerial View of Unknown Roller Coaster

A nice 1930s aerial view of a seaside boardwalk with a nice wooden roller coaster. I do not know where this roller coaster was located. The location is great with the ocean on one side and a lagoon on the other side. The coaster looks like it was a fun ride.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Souvenir Friday- Disneyland Railroad Spike

In the early 2000's, the Disneyana shop on Main Street was selling some cool souvenir items with pieces of the park. This is a nicely framed image of engine number 4 the E.S. Marsh with an original railroad spike. According to the certificate on the back, only 125 were sold like this...if I remember correctly, there was one for each train so there were 500 total spikes sold. I purchased this from a cast member who worked at Disneyland in the early 2000 time period.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Today's post features a greatest hits so to speak...the best Thanksgiving posts from years ago. The first post is from the 1976 America on Parade featuring the first Thanksgiving and a large turkey.

The next group of pictures are from a set of Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in 1949. Some great shots of the various floats:

Everyone have a good Thanksgiving and enjoy your turkey (tofurkey) and trimmings.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Carnival Whip

A cute small version of a whip just the right size for kids to ride. The background is filled with color with the ticket booth in the center. Some nice people watching in the background, it looks like the Dad has a ticket book in his pocket.