This is another one of the pieces purchased from the estate of one of the major suppliers of souvenir items to Disneyland. During the 1960s Vinyl kids wallets and pencil cases were all the rage. here are examples of other vinyl wallets featuring Disneyland along with other cartoon and television characters. This one is nice with the Tinkerbell and Sleeping Beauty Castle graphic. I like the back of the case best with the extra pocket where you could store Disneyland Ticket books, postcards, school lunch tickets, photos, hankies and notes. The original price tag is still adhered.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Continuing from yesterday with more photos from James Ramey of his visits to Disneyland growing up. These are some of the best underwater shots from the Submarine Voyage I have seen.
A daring photo of the Dinosaurs taken from the Train. If you use a flash, you will receive a scolding and I can guarantee your photo will just be a bright circle of white light.
A nice image from the end of the Bear Country Jamboree showing Buff, Melvin and Max. It is comforting to know these characters are still hanging around at Disneyland.
The Haunted Mansion in its opening year, 1969. Take a look at the crowd waiting to go in.
The old Jungle Cruise attraction sign. Very heavily detailed and well painted. This is one part I do miss with the new structure and signs.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Two underwater shots from the Submarine Voyage. I like the shark fighting the octopus.
A nice image of Tangaroa from the pre show to the Enchanted Tiki Room.
Meeting Captain Hook and Peter Pan by the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship.
Speaking to Donald Duck in the old Bell Telephone Circlevision theater post show area. The last one is my favorite as I have fond memories of listening to the phones and placing a call on the speakerphones. Thanks once again to James for allowing me to show these photos. I will post some more tomorrow.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
The other image is of the Fantasyland annex to the Art Corner. Unfortunately the photo was taken before the shop opened. I believe the shelves would have held all the animation cels. At this time in 1966, the cels would have cost arond $10.00 to $15.00 each. Additionaly the store had created dye transfer prints of the most popular characters including Snow White, Winnie the Pooh and Tinkerbell.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
Staying in Frontierland for the end of the week, this is a nice souvenir drum probably purchased at the souvenir shop in the Indian Village in the late 1950s. Designed as a Native American drum with leather top and bottom with great graphics of the various lands and a wonderful purple Disneyland script across the body accented by stars. Drum is fairly big, measuring about 10 inches tall. The graphic piece of the drum is a thick cardboard/paper. This was found by a friend who was a vintage clothes dealer many years ago when he was out looking for stock for his shop.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Three views of Frontierland and the Rivers of America circa 1956. The first view is a nice shot of a Keel Boat on a very lonely river. It appears there is some construction going on in the background on shore. I believe there is a stack of logs for Fort Wilderness. The second shot shows the original Indian Village. The village would go through many changes in figures and the boy fishing would be added eventually. The final shot is of the arched rocks and mesa's in the desert. This is almost the same shot as yesterday's Mine Train shot. I still like the Hopi Pueblo's on top of the table rocks.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
The second image is of the newly opened Columbia ship docked at Fowler's Harbor. In the background is the striped circus tent of Holidayland. Almost an incongrous site as you cruised around the Rivers of America looking at western landscape and then suddenly a circus tent. I believe the image is taken from the deck of the Mark Twain.
The third image is of the Mark Twain taken from Tom Sawyer's treehouse on the island. This is a very nicely framed shot with the leaves in the foreground adding a dimension to the image.
The final shot is of the arch rock in the Rainbow Caverns area. One detail I had not noticed before are the Southwest Pueblos up on the mesa rocks.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
This is one of the attractions I never got to see and have always wanted to explore further. The E Ticket magazine many, many years ago had a wonderful article with the best maps and images of the ride. The author was obssessed with the ride and took images of the ride every time he went to Disneyland whent he ride was open. In addition, he recreated the Nautilus interior in his apartment. It was one of the best documentations of any ride or attraction I have seen. The images are from the end of the attractions run in 1966. In less than 6 months, the site would become a construction site and this attraction was gone. The two signs below show the attention to detail at the time. The admission sign is on a steel deck with rivets mimicing the outer skin of the Nautilus. And the polish on the wooden door and entrance sign would do any Navy sailor proud.
Monday, March 19, 2007
Two nice views of the edutainment attraction sponsored by Monsanto. The Monsanto Hall of Chemistry was one of the first attractions opened in Tomorrowland and lasted until the new Tomorrowland in 1967. The shot is of the remodeled attraction featuring Fashions Through the Ages with gowns and dresses of antiquity to modern times. The modern gowns used Monsanto synthetic fibers of course. The second shot is a close up of the No Smoking, No Refreshments and No Strollers sign. Through the doorway can be seen the large liquid filled test tubes. And in the window is reflected the Time Clock of the World.