Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Knotts Part 3

The last image of Knott's Berry Farm is of Aunt Nellie on the porch of her house playing the hammered dulcimer. A classic attraction at Ghost Town that appears to quite a crowd pleaser.

This last image was with the Knott's Berry Farm images, but I am not sure if it is at Knott's or is just a nice Japanese Garden at the photographers house.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Knotts Part 2

A couple of nice images of the Knott's Berry Farm Gold Mine. First up is the entrance with a character and his burro.

The next is a nice overall view of the Gold Mine with the nice sluice and the actual area where guests would pan for the gold.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Knotts Part 1

It has been a while since I gave some love to Knott's Berry Farm. So, for the next couple of days, I will show some nice views of Knott's Berry Farm. First up is the outside of the Hotel featuring the Covered Wagon show. It appears that it was a rather warm summer day with quite a crowd.

The next view is of the lovely Ghost Town walkway. Note the Fire Department in the background with the nice sign for the Gold Mine.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Souvenir Friday- Art Corner Humorous Saying Placard

I posted one of these a couple of years ago and recently obtained this fun placard. Goofy as a genius is a joke everyone would know.

The mailing label is nicely designed and features artist Mickey in his beret and smock holding palette and brush.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Night Views Disneyland and Seatlle

First image is of the Main Street Emporium at night. I have many memories of this time at Disneyland and how pretty the park looks.

Next image is an unusual view of the Seattle Space Needle. I love the lights of the tower and also of the top of the tower.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Last Three Views from 1959 Trip

The last three images from the same group of slides I have been featuring the last week and a half. First up is a shot from the exit of the Main Street Station. Check out the fantastic display of attraction posters hanging on the fence.

Next up is an audience shot from Carnations Garden. The bobby tailed teen is very cute.

Final image is of the long gone Plantation Inn with it's lovely plantation style architecture for this restaurant.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Random and Matterhorn Images

First up is a slide titled Random Picture Disneyland. Although the shot is out of focus, it does present a you are there view. Also the neat amoebic shaped benches are fun and not usually documented.

Next up is a slide filled with wonderful. The two cast members working the Matterhorn are gorgeous and fit the role perfectly. The crowd is filled with 1950s people including the beautiful blonde and the High School Football star in his letter jacket. Then in the background is the Omnibus on its trip around the Matterhorn. Now if I could just find one of those hats and a red windbreaker!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Casey Junior and Indian Village

Two pictures taken in 1959. The first was marked on the slide as entrance to Indian Village...but as can be seen, this is the tunnel closest to the Casey Junior station that the Storybook Canal Boats go through. Note the Skyway in the upper left hand side of the slide.

Next is a shot of the Indian Village. I love the story that could be told here of the Native Americans telling the tales of how Disneyland came to be constructed with an Indian Village, or maybe they are just retelling Peter Pan.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Umbrellas at Eating Spots

Today I show two snapshots from the same trip in 1959. Both shows the lovely tables and umbrellas that Disneyland provided the guests as a plac to eat. First up is the Frontierland area tables, most likely right in front of the Silver Banjo.

Next is this shot in Fantasyland most likely across from the Fantasyland food service known as Fantasyland 1. Unfortunately the slide was bent and scratched leading to the lightness that looks like a spirit form....

While I was at Disneyland yesterday for the anniversary, I checked out the rock work at the Fantasyland Skyway and it does exist, just not as prominent as in the picture with all the plant growth.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Fantasyland Skyway

The trail to the lovely Fantasyland Skyway Chalet when it was in use. I remember the short walk and the load area of the Skyway.

. A view of the Skyway leaving the station. I don't remember the rock work, I will have to see if it is still there and what it is.

. A happy birthday to Disneyland today, 58 years.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Fantasyland Views

Two views of the original Fantasyland from 1959. First up is the Teacup ride with the Chicken of the Sea ship and the Matterhorn in the background. Nice font on the exit sign.

. The next image shows the queues for the dark rides in Fantasyland. It appears to be a rather busy day at the park.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Tea Cup and Casey Junior

Two nice images from 1959 featuring two iconic Fantasyland attractions. First up is the Tea Cup ride. Note the web belt for the opening protection.

Next up is an interesting view of Casey Junior. I like the lovely flowers in the foreground and the interesting umbrella.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Souvenir Friday- World War 2 Disney Insignia Matchbooks

Two large size matchbooks featuring World War 2 Disney designed insignia. First up is a matchbook from the Olathe Kansas Naval Air Station. Design features a cartoon Native American flying over an airfield with the Kansas state plant of Sunflower. The air station was opened in 1942 and was the primary flight school for astronaut John Glenn. After World War 2, the field was home to Naval and Marine Corps reserve squadrons. The base was closed in 1969 and is now an industrial park.

The next is from the unique unit created from Motion Picture Industry professionals, the First Motion Picture Unit. Featuring many famous actors such as Ronald Reagan, Clark Gable, William Holden, and Alan Ladd as well as directors such as Jack Warner, Richard Bare and John Sturges. For animation historians, many animators from Disney. Warners, Universal and other studios worked together. Some of these artists went on to create UPA. The unit was quartered at the Hal Roach studios known during the war as Fort Roach. The unit created and released many propaganda and recruiting films.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Disneyland Trees

From the same photographer as the top of the Matterhorn images I posted yesterday are these shots of trees at Disneyland. First up are branches of trees, I would assume it could be either Treehouse but it could be another tree.

A view of the Matterhorn from the Swiss Family Treehouse through the trees.

And the last image is of the Autopia, of course through trees!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Matterhorn Peak

Sometimes I wonder what the photographer was thinking when I look through a group of photographs. Case in point is the three different shots of the peak of the Matterhorn. Were they trying to see how it looked in different light? Did they like the shape of the crag at the top of the mountain? Was the plan to recreate the Matterhorn out of mashed potatoes? I guess I will never know.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Small World Topiary

Any time I go on It's A Small World, I like to linger in the line for a while to look at the topiary surrounding the attraction. The sculpture of the animals is always top notch. To set the stage, here is a long distance view of the building from the Skyway.

Next up are two photographs of topiary as viewed from the Disneyland Railroad.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Smoggy Day at Disneyland's Parking Lot

Three images from a contact print filled with images used for construction projects. It was a very smoggy day with very little to be seen in the background. First up is the tollway entrance to the parking lot filled with classic 1970s vehicles.

Next up are a couple of images of the M parking lot sign...Disneyland must have been looking at redoing the signage. Note the cars entering and driving by the cones.

Friday, July 05, 2013

Souvenir Friday-1961 Disneyland New Employee Orientation Name Tag

A very ephemeral piece I purchased recently is this nice Disneyland New Employee Orientation Name Tag. Featuring the graphic of Your On Stage at Disneyland with a 1961 copyright.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Mark Twain Early In the Morning

Happy 4th of July everyone. A great Americana attraction at Disneyland is the Mark Twain. Here are a couple beautiful shots of the floating wedding cake early in the morning.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Extinct Fantasyland

Three images of extinct items at Fantasyland. First up are two views of the always exciting Motorboat Cruise. The images snapped prior to opening with all the boats lined up.

The last image is of one of my favorite extinct shops, the Tinker Bell toy shop. This was a place to purchase some great toys such as Britains Knights and Matchbox cars. The sign is nice as well as the carving on the roof posts of Captain Hook and Mr. Smee.

It feels good to be back, I was on vacation and then back to a pile of things to do at work! Thanks for the comments about my absence.