Thursday, January 07, 2010

A Trip to Disneyland November 1965 Part 1

A nice grouping of photographs from a trip to Disneyland on November 29, 1965. The photographer enjoyed Frontierland as can be seen by the multiple views of this rustic land. First up is a way too cool dude posing on Tom Sawyer's island. Raybans- Check, Tennis Shoes- Check, Jeans- Check, Camera- Check!

A friend posing at the Keel Boat load area. Check out the great details in the background of the photograph including the Northwest Pacific Indian totem pole, Bertha Mae Keel Boat and the young girl carrying the bag.

Panoramic view of the Rivers of America showing the Columbia coming into the dock. I believe the lights on the right of the image were for the gazebo on the shore of the Rivers of America where the Strawhatters would play.

I believe this group of kids were being escorted by the young men and women in the pictures. I think it was a Big Brothers/Sisters event.

Cascade Peak with the Keel Boat Gullywhumper passing by. A favorite image of mine.

A happy couple pose at the Keel Boat landing. Written on the reverse is Disneyland November 29, 1965 Glen Bolander Diane Smith.

9 comments:

Dave said...

Great pictures, but I'm not sure they're all from the same trip. Notice that the Columbia has no sails in one shot, and sails partially unfurled in the next. Unlikely that both would happen on the same day.

Major Pepperidge said...

I'm kind of fascinated by the totem poles... do you think they were authentic (i.e. carved by real Indians), or just very convincing props?

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Oh - Disneyland 1965, my favorite! Two Keel Boat shots, NICE! Dude in Pic#1 is too cool for words, great shades!

Lexy said...

These pics are just great! Love 'em.

Katella Gate said...

I love the old body posture in these pictures before "thug life" became the norm. Today, everybody scowls for the camera like a mug shot, but in 1965 the most attitude you saw in a photo was crossed arms.

I'm sorry the photographer messed up our 65 couple by putting his shadow in the pictures. I guess he was just looking at the faces thru the view finder.

Re the totem poles, my guess is they were done by employees following a culturally correct model. By doing the work in house you reduce costs and have greater control over the finished product, and Disney certainly had no shortage of talented sculptors. I wonder if the totem pole was done in fiberglass the like the Tiki Room statues?

TokyoMagic! said...

I miss Cascade Peak! And of course the Mine Train too! I wish they had restored Cascade Peak instead of tearing it down.

Chris Jepsen said...

Hmmmm... I wonder if this is the same Glen Bolander?:
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/glen-bolander/8/90/84a

Looks like he was just starting college in 1965, which seems about right for the photo.

Anonymous said...

As a guy in his twenties, I would love to learn more about the "old body posture" as opposed to the newer "thug posture," which is apparently now the norm. Until then, I'm going to go look in the mirror to see what I am doing to make myself look like a thug, since I am definitely the norm!

Anonymous said...

Just a note: Glen Bolander and Diane Smith got married in February of 1969