Monday, January 31, 2011

Things From the Gate-1963 Orange Tiki Room Brochure

Another brochure for the Tiki Room is the orange colored brochure. There are two versions of this brochure, this one with Papotin's Revue on the back cover and one that is blank backed. The interior images are the same.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Space Wheels 1958

A truck mounted four Ferris wheel ride made by the Velare brothers in 1958 is this fantastic ride with the 1950s name of Space Wheels. I believe this was set up at the San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in 1958, but may have been another San Diego location. The images are very nice and almost abstract in their composition.

This last image was also in the group. I love that the main subject is handing a ticket to the photographer. You can see the trestle in the background as found at the Del Mar fairgrounds.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

1959 Large Format Slides

Two slides from 1959 featuring first the Submarine Voyage. The Seawolf looks nice in its original gray paint with the first Tomorrowland in the background.

Sorry about the color of the slide, the original was awash in red.

Next up is a nice posed image of two ladies standing in front of the shiny new at the time Matterhorn. The saddle purse bag was quite the in fashion at the time.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Souvenir Friday- Johnny Jingle Adventure In Disneyland

A rare give away comic book from the National Dairy Council focusing on a fictitious event at Disneyland at the real Dairy of Tomorrow. Published in 1956 by Western Litho (the publisher of Dell Comics, home of Walt Disney Comics and Stories, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Uncle Scrooge and other Disney comic books.) I love the product placement with everything Johnny eats while going through Disneyland are all dairy products.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Dixieland at Disneyland- The Performers

A publicity still featuring a montage of performers for a Dixieland at Disneyland night in the early 1960s. See if you can name them all.....

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

World's Fair Wednesday- Even More Modern Buildings

Continuing on the exploration of the various buildings constructed for the 1958 Brussel's Worlds Fair. I am still amazed that this fair has not received more press. These buildings are some of the neatest looking Mid-Century Mod buildings I have seen. First up is the Great Britain Pavilion. The tiled wall is a nice feature.

Next up is the wood products building...a fantastic building made out of wood. I love the foliage and all the landscaping.

Another of my favorite slides is this one of the IBM pavilion. The large glass and steel structure with the cantilevered roof and the fun bubble shaped trams.

Final image is of the United Nations building with the Atomium in the background. At this time, the United Nations was very prominent with many activities including UNICEF, refugee welfare and several police actions across the World.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Lines, Twain and Leprachauns

The photographer for these images took some very boring you shall see. First up is the family in line for the Jungle Cruise. Yes, you read that right, people in line for 3 images. Here is the first one with the family waving to the photographer. Make sure all of you wave back.

Family is getting closer to the ride.

Finally there, have a fun trip.

Now we move to the Major's favorite....the Indian Village dance stage. Luckily our intrepid photographer managed to capture the majestic Mark Twain.

And for a little luck, Leprachauns from It's A Small World.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Things From the Gate- Columbia Below Decks and Enchanted Tiki Room

A great 1964 double sided flier handed out at the Main Gate to promote the new addition of the below decks museum to the sailing ship Columbia. What makes this flier even better is the reverse side advertising the year old Tiki Room. In the days before annual passes, attractions would be new to many visitors for many years, instead of the months that an attraction is new now to the passholders.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Columbia and Tomorrowland in Black and White

The last set of images from the black and white slides taken in 1959. First up is the Mighty Columbia. On the first mast there appears to be a Monkey climbing and no one seems to notice.

Next up is a crooked image of the not try to adjust your screen as the pictures is slightly tilted.

A nice view from the Monorail of the new additions to Disneyland in 1959.

Final image from the Monorail showing the jumper cables of Tomorrow.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Frontierland in Black and White 1959

More unusual black and white slides taken in 1959. This series focuses on Frontierland and the Rivers of America. First up is the majestic ship Columbia coming in to dock.

Next up is the wedding cake ship (the Mark Twain) coming in to the same dock, but not at the same time as the Columbia. Nice scenic elements and composition in this shot with the buildings from Tom Sawyer Island in the foreground.

A busy view of the river with the Golden Horseshoe in the background. The raft is leaving from the original dock on the island, which is now approximately the Fantasmic stage today.

Final image is of the Mark Twain again, but the interesting part of the image is the dock. This is the dock that offered fishing and you can see the bamboo poles leaning on the shack on the left hand side.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Souvenir Friday- Snow White Art Corner Postcard and Ken-L-Land

A very nice souvenir postcard available from the Art Corner is this oversize one featuring Snow White, Seven Dwarves, and all the animal friends in front of a castle.

Included with the lot of material with the Snow White postcard was this clipping dated 43 years ago from a local Orange County newspaper. The clipping reports on the opening of Ken-L-Land the day before.

Make sure you click on the image to enlarge it and read the fun article and image.