Wednesday, August 31, 2011

World's Fair Wednesday- Golden Gate At Night

More images from the 1940 Viewmaster reel of the Golden Gate Exposition at night. First up is an image of the Pacifica Statue.

The Tower of the Sun and fountain is the next photograph. The Tower of the Sun was the main structure at the fairgrounds.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Two Pics from 1962

Two fun black and white snapshots from 1962. First up is a great view of the old mill on Tom Sawyer's Island with the fishing pier on the right hand side.

A nice view of the Caterpillar cars on Alice In Wonderland. The guy certainly looks happy and excited to ride.....

Monday, August 29, 2011

Things From the Gate- 1974 Advertising Brochure

The first of two brochures from 1974. Disneyland could have saved some money by not changing prices so often. This brochure has a date code of 3/74.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

H.R. Putnstuf at Six Flags Over Georgia

Dated June 1973 when the characters were on tour and stopped at Six Flags Over Georgia in Atlanta.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Two From 1962

Two color snapshots from 1962. First up is a view of the Indian Village dancers for Major Pepperidge as we all know how much he loves the Indian dancers.

Next up is a fantastic shot of the entry plaza with a grouping of attraction posters.

Those with a sharp eye and a love of vintage attraction posters will notice this very rare Stouffer's in Disneyland poster, the first Enchanted Tiki Room and Tahitian Terrace poster.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Souvenir Friday- Horse Drawn Trolley Adveritising Original Art

Another piece of original art for the interior of the Horse Drawn Trolley. This time the advertising is for the Mark Twain. I like the rainbow and the drawing of the Mark Twain is very nice. There were two of these in the auction, a black and white sketch and this one which has been hand colored.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Views From Fantasyland

The last two images from a series of pictures when Disneyland was not very crowded. First up is an image that appears to have been shot from the steps at the exit to the Skyway.

Next up is an image taken at a Kodak Picture spot. Of course it is at the fantastic Pirate ship. You may recognize this little kid from a previous post of him in Tomorrowland.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

World's Fair Wednesday- 1940 Golden Gate Exposition Night Scenes

These night images come from a scarce Viewmaster reel Golden Gate International Exposition 1940 Night Scenes. The exposition was on an island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay called Treasure Island. Treasure Island was a man made island built specifically for the exposition. First up is a view of the Mines, Metal and Machinery Building lit up at night.

This view is of the Tower of the Elephant.

The site of the Fair was to become an airport servicing the Pan American Airline China Clippers, but due to the war, the location became a Naval base. In 1997, the Naval base closed and the site is now home to movie studios and residential housing.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Ghost Town on Main Street

Two views of a very uncrowded Main Street taken circa 1960. I long for days at Disneyland with this few people in the park, of course Disney does not. First up is a great view of the Red Wagon Inn with no guests in sight.

A few people in this image of Town Square, but not too many. This view really shows how the design of Main Street gives the image of a town that extends a distance.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Things From the Gate- 1973 Disneyland Advertising Brochure

Moving into 1973 the brochure was changed. First change of course was ticket prices. The transportation options were changed and the biggest change was the addition of the Walt Disney Story to the brochure. Enjoy.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Motor Boat Cruise Damaged Slides

Sorry about the quality of the slides this time, but I kind of thought they looked cool. Also it has been a long time since I have posted any images of the thrilling Motor Boat Cruise. I do enjoy the cast member uniforms and the freshness of the ride.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

At the Pancake House

Two nice views from 1959. First up is the Omnibus with the 1959 New Attractions banner on the side. Note to Dave at Daveland- stroller alert!

Next up are grandma and grandpa with Aunt Jemima at the pancake house.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Souvenir Friday-Horse Drawn Trolley Original Art

Many years ago Howard Lowery auctioned off a series of original art used for the advertisements in the Main Street Horse Drawn Trolleys. Most feature the original park sponsors. This art advertises Carnation milk and Ice Cream which sponsored the Carnation Ice Cream parlor and restaurant.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

They Went That Way

Two views of Tomorrowland taken approximately in 1960. First up is a great view of the Tomorrowland Skyway station. I like the row of attraction posters on the bottom of the structures as well as the popcorn lights and vertical striping on the stairway.

Next up an image from in front of the America the Beautiful Circlevision theater. The kid appears to be re-enacting his favorite Bugs Bunny scene- they went that way! Check out the sign posts in the background and the nice Monorail attraction poster.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

World's Fair Wednesday- 1933 Chicago Part 1

The 1933=34 Chicago World's Fair does not get enough attention as it should. The fair was a great fair and had a nice Art Deco design to the buildings and the souvenirs. This series of images come from a postcard folder which feature nice renderings of the various attractions. First up is the Chrysler Motor Building and Test Track.

Next up is a view of the Romantic and Colorful pageant "Wings Of A Century". After World War 2, this was the site of the Chicago Rail Fair.

Final image is of the amusement area. The rendering shows one of the most fun looking amusement areas from any world's fair. The caption reads Enchanted Island, glorified playground where parents may leave their children.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Pirate Ship and Characters

The final two images from the group of photographs that included all the Submarine Voyage and Tomorrowland photographs. First up is a view of the Pirate Ship.

Next up is a funky image with over exposure of the two dog characters signing autographs in front of it's a small world!.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Things From the Gate- 1972 Disneyland Advertising Brochure

In 1972 Disneyland added a new land and updated their advertising brochure. The brochure is dated 9/72 and features the new land Bear Country and the new attraction Country Bears. It also appears you could no longer take a helicopter to Disneyland.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Tomorrowland On the Move

Two nice snapshots showing what Tomorrowland used to be, a dynamic and moving land. Notice there are no passengers in the Peoplemover.

Another shot showing my favorite mountain and the Coke Tomorrowland Terrace...hey kids, no running allowed!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Souvenir Friday- Disneyland Classics Dye Transfer Animation Print

In the mid to late 1960s, Disneyland produced and sold prints of animation artwork. Most of the characters and animation art chosen was from the classic films. This is one of my favorites, Chip and Dale. The art is very nice and high quality. The label on the back is nice as well. Other scenes in this series include Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Bambi and Thumper, Dumbo, Tinkerbell, Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket, and even Winnie the Pooh. The original retail price was around $3.00.