Friday, October 30, 2015

Souvenir Friday- Town Square Realty Grant Deed and Packet of Dirt

One of my favorite unusual Disneyland souvenirs is the packet of dirt that was given away by Town Square Realty. The lessee promoted real estate and development in Orange and Los Angeles County. A visitor could stop by and view information on suburban tracts and also own a small packet of California dirt. The packets of dirt do show up, but the accompanying deed and envelope never show up. The deed is nicely illustrated and has a neat embossed seal.

The packet features a graphic of Sleeping Beauty Castle on one side and a clear view of the dirt the guest now owns.

The mailing envelope is very simple and almost crude in it's design.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Storybook From the Skyway

Two nice images of the Storybook Canal Boats from the Skyway. First is an overall view showing the always smiling Monstro with it's a small world in the background. I like the lush landscaping for Storybook and Casey.

Next up is a closer image of one of the Storybook boats. I like the quilt in the background and Toad Hall on the left hand side.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Treehouse and a small world.

Two nice views of some fun attractions in Disneyland with great background music. First up is the Swiss Family Treehouse that featured the Swisskapolka as a theme song. I was hoping this image featured Earl Archer who was one of the main cast members for the Swiss Family Treehouse, but it does not look like him.

Next is an overhead view of it's a small world which of course features the classic Sherman Brothers theme song. This view shows the open area with the Storybook Canal Boats on the left and the Motorboat Cruise on the right.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Ready to Spin

The cups are all loaded and ready to go into a spin. A very busy Fantasyland is in the background.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Fantasyland Benches

A lovely portrait of a painted bench in Fantasyland. It appears this fancy bench sits in front of the Peter Pan attraction. I love the different colors that are painted on the bench.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Nature's Wonderland

A great view of the Nature's Wonderland attraction in Frontierland. This is another photo I would love to step in to and enjoy the attraction one more time.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Sunshine On Teacups

A lovely image of the Teacups in dappled sunlight. Taken from the Skyway, the picture is very arty with the sparkling sunlight and the psychedelic design of the ride's surface. Note the Teacups do not have doors but just a chain to keep the guests in the ride.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Blue Peoplemovers

On a chilly Southern California day all the Peoplemover vehicles have turned blue. The sky is a gorgeous blue with light clouds but the crowd is non-existant. The entrance features the soaring spires of both the Monsanto and Bell Telephone attractions. I just want to step into this photograph and ride the Peoplemover one more time.

Monday, October 19, 2015

One More Night Image of Main Street

One of my favorite food spots on Main Street was the Sunkist Citrus House. A great spot to get some juice and a doughnut in the morning, or a nice lemonade in the afternoon. The sign had a nice visual effect with the lights changing from on and off to simulate movement.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Souvenir Friday- Sea World Hawaiian Punch Drink Card

Many years ago Hawaiian Punch sponsored a pavilion and restaurant in Sea World in San Diego. One of the highlights of this pavilion were the drinks made with Hawaiian Punch. The pavilion was themed tropical and featured a classic tiki exterior and interior. Note the great background featuring tikis framing the drinks. The back of the postcard features a nice image of the pavilion and its lovely tropical theming. Also I love the tag line Add Gin, Rum or Vodka and serve as cocktails, too. Now to find some yellow base...

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Monsanto Exterior Tomorrowland 1967 Style

The design of Tomorrowland 1967 was spectacular with the entrance featuring soaring silver colored towers and great planters filled with plants that looked from the future. This is a nice view showing the height of the tower and design and also the great planter. The design emphasizes the Monsanto sign for the Adventure Through Inner Space attraction.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Adventure Through Inner Space- Miniaturization Control

A rare interior view from the Adventure Through Inner Space featuring the Miniaturization Control graphic. The graphics developed for this ride are some of the best Mid-Century Modern scientific designs with great representations of water molecules, ice molecules and down to the atoms.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Hills Bros Coffee Garden Sign at Night

When Starbucks opened in Disneyland, many fans were very vocal in their complaints of commercialism, sell out and Walt would have never put Starbucks in his park. Yet, there had been a coffee shop for many years in Disneyland. Hills Brothers was one of the largest and best known coffee manufacturers in the 1900s until today. The brand sponsored a lovely coffee garden where adults could get their morning, noon or evening cup of joe. This great night time image features the taster which was created 1906 and pays homage to the Ethiopian origin of the coffee.

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Crystal Arcade Sign At Night

A nice night time image of the lovely sign on Main Street for the Crystal Arcade. Enjoy this rare night photograph.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Souvenir Friday- September 1955 Issue of Coca Cola Refresher

The Coca Cola Refresher was the in house magazine for employees of Coca Cola. In September of 1955, the magazine featured Disneyland and the Coke Corner located on Main Street. Not only did the magazine tout the fantastic corner, it also promoted Disneyland. One of the more interesting photographs in the article is of Eddie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds and Walt Disney on opening day. Over at Daveland was a post featuring s similar photograph of the same trio. Eddie Fisher was sponsored by Coke on the radio at the time with his program Coke Time. I have scanned just the article that features Disneyland.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Skyway and Pele

Two different Disneyland trips by the same family yield two nice images. First up is a nice view from the Matterhorn side of the Submarine Voyage lagoon featuring the Monorail, Skyway and in the background the Carousel of Progress. The photographer also managed to capture one of the submarines coming head on and one at the dock. I am sure most of you miss the Skyway as much as I do.

The second image is one of my favorite set pieces in the Enchanted Tiki garden outside of the Tiki room, Pele. The photographer was kind enough to get the sign in the image.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Heritage Sguare

In 1957, a group of investors in Denver became convinced that a theme park would increase tourism and be a financial boon. The group contacted Marco Engineering, a company run by C.V. Wood. Mr. Wood advertised himself as the man who built Disneyland. Marco engineering employed Dick Kelsey from Disney and Wade Rubottom from MGM as well as other Disney artists to design the park. The park was constructed on a site outside of Golden Colorado. The western front of the park was built with plans to finish the park in later years. Due to financial difficulties the park was not completed and the park closed in 1960. Many of the rides that were there ended up at Six Flags Over Texas. The buildings that had been constructed remained and re-opened as an arts district named Heritage Square. In addition, a local theater company started producing Melodramas in the Opera House. One of the shops was the first year round Christmas shop. The end of this story is that Heritage Square will be closing at the end of 2015 with the fate of the buildings still undetermined. Based upon the closing, I took a trip about a month ago to snap some images of the architecture. It is sad that this part of theme park history is being lost. Here are some of my images, and for those who want to look at all the images, you can see them here: Heritage Square Images

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Phantom of the Opera Meets a Fan

Universal monsters have been a big draw for many years. The Phantom of the Opera was best portrayed by Lon Chaney in 1924. This image is taken on the back lot, it may be at the Psycho House. I like the fan is a very dapper man and it appears the person in blue is a cowboy extra.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Two Disneyland Buildings

Two different photographs of buildings and attractions at Disneyland. One is from Fantasyland being a view of it's a small world building from the Monorail (or maybe the Peoplemover, but I do not think so...) The facade still holds up many years later as a wonderful introduction to the happiest cruise to sail.

The second image is of a parked Mine Train at the town of Rainbow Ridge. This is a postcard worthy photograph with lots of color and interesting details. I wish I could just step into this image and take another ride on the Mine Train.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Souvenir Friday- Sleeping Beauty Castle Cuff Links

Today's souvenirs are a nice set of cuff links featuring the Sleeping Beauty Castle and marked Disneyland. The flash photograph kind of washed out the color as the cuff links are a bit more gold in color. For many years, cuff links were out of fashion, but with the hipster rediscovery of vintage style, cuff links have made a come back.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Two Carousels

Two different carousels with both showing off their different looks and the great carved horses. The first image is marked for Holland, Michigan and was taken in the early 1970s. It appears to be a very fancy carousel, but not in a building. I believe this carousel is a traveling carousel that was placed in the park for the annual Tulip Festival.

The second carousel is not marked for location. The carousel appears to be located in a park or maybe a zoo. This has a more modern 1930s look rather than the fancy carousel look. I like the streamline design to the benches and the central pylon decorations. This photograph was taken in the late 1950s.