Monday, May 21, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
One of the nicest and unusually designed candy boxes is this one pound container. Designed to simulate one of the towers of Sleeping Beauty Castle with the added design of Tinkerbell. The roof comes off to allow access to the candy. The opposite side has the same graphic and the other sides are simulated brick work. Printed by one of the major souvenir book and postcard companies of the time H.S. Crocker Company. The box is approximately 12 inches in height. It makes a great display piece.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
A post in response to a backwards or not question on Gorillas Don't Blog post on the big river.
Before the photographer walked into Fantasyland, he or she spent some time taking snapshots of the Sleeping Beauty Castle. In 1955 it appears that swans were all the rage as I have a couple different photos from different people focusing on the swans. You would think they would take photos of things not seen before such as the Phantom Boats or even the Rocket to the Moon, but no they focus on the swans in the castle moat.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
The photographer then took the short hike to the original Indian Village on the banks of the Rivers of America and snapped a bunch of photos. I think my favorite is the first one with the Indian Dancers taking a break from the sun under the shade in the background. I also like the picture of the horses in the corral. Somehow the village was believable in the middle of Southern California.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
The next image is of the stately Mark Twain at dock. A very nice moody shot with the Twain on a very empty river.
Monday, May 07, 2007
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Moving from the jungles of Adventureland to the frontier town setting of Frontierland. The Davy Crockett Frontier Museum was put together quickly to capitalize on the Davy Crockett craze. The inside of the museum was a recreation of the Alamo. Kids could purchase Davy Crockett merchandise at the individual shops. Also in the musuem was a display of rifles and Bowie knives. The major focal point was the two wax figures of Davy and Georgie that a kid could have their picture with. By the way, I think the girl in the center is mimicing the b'ar that Davy killed (or making fun of her friend on crutches.) It is making her companions laugh pretty good.
Saturday, May 05, 2007
The second image is one of the shops at the Adventureland Bazaar. It appears to be the Hawaiian shop with bright Hawaiian casual shirts hanging up on the edge of the roof. This is the only shot in the batch in which a family member appears. The rest are general scenic shots or with crowds. Up in the left hand corner is the Harper Goff window, but I cannot read if it is already painted to Harper. It does have the tattoo and banjo playing statement so it probably does.
Friday, May 04, 2007
A pair of plastic salad tongs with great Disneyland and Tinkerbell graphics on the handles. The decals are dated 1955. The tongs appeared to have been used. They may have seen many a swank party, serving up the mixture of greens or even a nice Caesar Salad! Usually when I find souvenir items that are spoons or other serving pieces, they are unused, probably brought back by friends and gifted, never to be used...
Thursday, May 03, 2007
One of the Jungle River launches as seen from the loading dock.
The Cambodian temple shrine that the jungle is taking back.
Smiley the crocodile looking for a hand out. In the early years the live narration focused on the educational and nature commentary. However the spiel changed and became more humorous, especially after Marc Davis sketched some scenes that were then incorporated into the ride.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Some things of interest in the photo are the neat banners advertising 6 simultaneous films, the columns advertise the Dance of Fatima as one of the films and to the left of the left column is a Disneyland News newspaper rack.