Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Real Photo Postcards of Disneyland

Two recent purchases from the last Van Eaton Gallery auction are these two personal real photo postcards. The first is a nice view of the Mark Twain. The date on the back appears to be November 4, 1959 which was a nice day reaching a high of 70 degrees Celsius and an attendance of 5,711 guests.

The back side of the postcard with the date.

The second postcard is of a family portrait with one of the dancers from the Indian Village with the Mark Twain in the background. I enjoy the man standing on the deck. This card was mailed from Copenhagen in 1959. I wonder if one of girls pictured is the one who sent the postcard.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Statues of the 1939 NYWF

Two different views of some interesting statues at the 1939 New York World's Fair. First up is a modern family inside a pavilion. The mural in the background features a bicyclist. I was not able to determine the Pavilion if anyone can let me know, I would appreciate that information.

The second image is a rear view of the Time and Fates of Man by Paul Manship. The sculpture is a giant sundial.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Four Views of the 1939 New York World's Fair

Four views of the fabulous 1939 New York World's Fair. First up is another view of the Italy pavilion with Roma on top of the building and a female statue that was part of the pool dedicated to Marconi.

The second image is the statue of King Ladislaus II Jagiello by Stanislaw K. Ostrowski. This statue still stands in New York in Central Park.

The next two images feature two different parades. First up is a revolutionary army marching past the New England pavilions towards the special events stage.

And another parade ending at the special events center consisting of horseless carriages.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Italy and George Washington At 1939 NYWF

Italy was trying to be a world power in 1939 with the Fascists in power and wanting to impress the world. The pavilion featured a large statue of the goddess Roma (who appears to be a scholar/warrior) and a great water feature with Italia featured prominently.

The second image features the large statue of George Washington surveying the Trylon and Perisphere. I like to call this the backside of George Washington.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Mark Twain Apron

A stunning red apron with both the Mark Twain and Tinkerbell in gold. The colors remind of 1950s Christmas. The graphics are very early most likely 1955.

Interior of Chrysler Exhibit and Railroad Show 1939 NYWF

Two unusual views from the 1939 New York World's Fair. The first is an interior view of the Chrysler exhibit with a nice small garden and a great mirror with nice Chrysler neon.

The second view is of the History of Railroads parade that was held on site. Railroad tracks were laid down in a stadium seating and historic railroads would be run across to cheering crowds. This was repeated after World War 2 in Chicago which Walt Disney and Ward Kimball visited.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Two Views ofthe Trylon and Perisphere

Two views of the symbols of the 1939 New York World's Fair, the Trylon and Perisphere. The first view is of the structures perfectly framed and in nice light. Where is my time machine so I can travel back in time and visit this fair?

The second image shows the large lagoon filled with sculptures and the iconic structures in the background.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Chicken of the Sea in Black and White

Double post today as I am having issues with my computer. Today's post features a nice family portrait (a little fuzzy) in front of the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship in Fantasyland. The ship was under construction at the time period as seen by the scaffolding on the left hand side of the photograph and the velvet rope surrounding the ship. The family is eating frozen grape bars from nearby Welch's grape stand.

Aerial View of Unknown Roller Coaster

A nice 1930s aerial view of a seaside boardwalk with a nice wooden roller coaster. I do not know where this roller coaster was located. The location is great with the ocean on one side and a lagoon on the other side. The coaster looks like it was a fun ride.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Souvenir Friday- Disneyland Railroad Spike

In the early 2000's, the Disneyana shop on Main Street was selling some cool souvenir items with pieces of the park. This is a nicely framed image of engine number 4 the E.S. Marsh with an original railroad spike. According to the certificate on the back, only 125 were sold like this...if I remember correctly, there was one for each train so there were 500 total spikes sold. I purchased this from a cast member who worked at Disneyland in the early 2000 time period.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Today's post features a greatest hits so to speak...the best Thanksgiving posts from years ago. The first post is from the 1976 America on Parade featuring the first Thanksgiving and a large turkey.

The next group of pictures are from a set of Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in 1949. Some great shots of the various floats:

Everyone have a good Thanksgiving and enjoy your turkey (tofurkey) and trimmings.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Carnival Whip

A cute small version of a whip just the right size for kids to ride. The background is filled with color with the ticket booth in the center. Some nice people watching in the background, it looks like the Dad has a ticket book in his pocket.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Souvenir Friday- 1964 New York World's Fair T Shirt

A great kids t-shirt from the 1964 New York World's Fair. The shirt features the two kid mascots of the fair in front of New York City. I wonder if anyone has made modern adult t-shirts with this vintage graphic.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Riding Ponies At A Carnival

Two nice slides of a young girl enjoying her rides on ponies at a traveling carnival. First up she is riding a coin operated horse ride in front of a carousel. Her ride is one of those found in front of stores.

The second picture shows the young girl riding the carousel. The speed of the carousel is shown by the blurring one of the riders. Some nice people watching in the crowd.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Two Skyway Views

I am back to blogging after a couple of weeks of hectic work and life. The post is two nice images featuring the Skyway. First up is a view of Tomorrowland with a very crowded Space Bar right in the middle. I have always liked the sign design for the Skyway tower in Tomorrowland at this time.

The second image shows Fantasyland from the steps of the Skyway Chalet. I love the line of buckets on the left hand side.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

1939 New York World's Fair at Night

A lovely nice view of the Glass Pavilion sponsored by Owens-Corning, Owens-Illinois, and Pittsburgh Glass company. The pavilion featured a large glass furnace, fiberglass manufacturing and a bottling plant. The pavilion looks great illuminated.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Kodak at the NYWF 1939

A lovely view of the photographic images on display advertising the Kodak Pavilion at the 1939 New York World's Fair. Kodak had a similar pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair. Kodak was also part of Disneyland on Main Street.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Golden Sprays by Leo Lentilli 1939 New York World's Fair

Located in the Court of Academy of Sport in the Food Zone, the sculpture features two All American girls surrounded by sprays of goldenrod. The NYWF was filled with great sculpture. I wonder what happened to the statues?

Monday, October 24, 2016

Ford Exhibit 1939 NYWF

A striking view from the exterior of the Ford Pavilion taken at night during the 1939 New York World's Fair. The statue of Mercury by Robert Foster looks kind of demonic with the lit eyes.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Souvenir Friday- University of Disneyland March 1966

Continuing with the University of Disneyland newsletters with the March 1966 issue. This one has articles on the Survery, it's a small world and more.

Sorry about my lack of posts as I was on a business trip and was not able to post or post anything early. I missed all of your comments.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Souvenir Friday- Febraury 1966 Univeristy of Disneyland Newsletter

The next issue of the small employee publication from the University of Disneyland. The big news was the Walt Disney Productions annual report. I like the spin on Disneyland's contribution to the bottom line.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

A Couple Views Of The Reflecting Pool And Trylon And Perisphere

Two nice views of the reflecting pool and statues in front of the Trylon and Perisphere. The first image shows the statues and pool. I am amused that from this views many of the statues are looking up towards the Trylon and Perisphere.

The second image is a closer look at the Perisphere. From this point of view, the statues look like they are surfing.