Tuesday, January 31, 2017

it's a small world August 1970

Two nice views of it's a small world dated August 1970. The first view shows the steam trains passing in front of the show building. In this case, it is engine number the CK Holiday going by...I have always liked the look of an 1890s steam train in front of the fantastical façade of it's a small world.

The second image is of the photographers girlfriend (should we name her Sherri?) standing in line for the attraction. We will see Sherri in some upcoming photographs.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Two Views of Sleeping Beauty Castle

Two not very exciting views of Sleeping Beauty Castle in the late 1950s. First up is an east side view of the castle. The foreground horse hitch is nice and of course the dapper dressed guests.

The second image is a straight on view from Main Street. I wish I could walk up to that ice cream vendor and purchase a nice ice cream sandwich.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Souvenir Friday- University of Disneyland Newsletter May 1966

One of the company employee communications in 1966 was this University of Disneyland newsletter. I have posted three others and today we look at May 1966. The back page has some of the most interesting information with the hours of operation and which attractions were undergoing maintenance (and when the attractions were scheduled to be re-opened.) Note that it's a small world would be opening this month.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

King Louie and Baloo Stroll Through Adventureland

After the Jungle Book was released theatrically, the character department at Disneyland developed costumes for the main animals and Mowgli to greet guests at Disneyland. This image features King Louie being followed by Baloo as they walk through Adventureland to greet guests.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Fran and Melody Playing in the Indian Village 1969

Two friends visited Disneyland in August of 1969 and had a fun time in the Indian Village. In the first image, Fran wearing a fantastic mod dress (inspired by Piet Mondrain) and a souvenir hat poses at the entrance to a tipi. She is holding the tassel of her hat up in a provocative pose.

The second image is of the two friends, Fran and Melody, posing in front of one of the Northwest Pacific Indian Totem poles. Melody holds one of the grooviest bad designs (and a favorite of mine.) This picture just brims with color. I do wonder if they visited the Haunted Mansion.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Blair and Storm

Today's first image is of the North side Mary Blair mural that once graced the entrance to Tomorrowland. The theme is creativity by children. The image shows a group of children singing and making music. I like the bees and flower in the lower left hand side of the mural.

The second image featuring the Mark Twain and river traffic on the Rivers of America reminds me of the dark and stormy weather that Southern California has been seeing the last few days. I hope everyone who lives in Southern California are surviving.

Monday, January 23, 2017

C.K. Holliday at Main Street Station

A nice portrait of the C.K. Holliday (Disneyland Railroad engine number 1) sitting at the Main Street Station. I love the dramatic steam release. On the train engineers hat is the iconic Disneyland and Santa Fe Railroad patch.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Souvenir Friday- Hallmark Museum In Kansas City

I have been in Kansas City (Kansas and Missouri) on a work trip for the last several days. I did get a chance to visit the Hallmark Visitors Center and Museum in downtown Kansas City while I was there. Hallmark has a long and strong relationship with Walt Disney, the Disney company and Disneyland. The museum highlights this connection on a timeline, but also with a whole display case featuring Hallmark Disney cards and historical information including several letters from Walt to JC Hall, the president of Hallmark. Of course my interest is drawn to the store that Hallmark had on Main Street. Several of the historical artifacts are a nice picture and interior picture of the Hallmark store as well as a letter from Walt asking JC to look at the information about Disneyland and wanting to know if Hallmark would operate a store. Also some of the great pieces for art are the watercolor rendering used on Hallmark Postcards. The museum has on display the art for the Sleeping Beauty Castle card. If you are ever in Kansas City, there are several sites to visit that are connected to Walt. The building where his first studio was located is still standing as well as one of his boyhood homes. Also the TWA building has had a version of the Rocket to the Moon placed on the building. And of course a stop at the Hallmark museum.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Winnie and Monstro

Two unrelated photographs for today's blog. First up is a little girl posing with Winnie the Pooh at what looks like a gas station. The costume appears to be one of the official Disneyland characters, but the background appears very rural. This may have been part of a promotion from when the Winnie the Pooh films were in the theater.

The second image is of a guest being swallowed by Monstro the whale. Unfortunately it is on the mid 1970s color stock that fades bad and has the funky pattern. Still a fun pose for this older guest.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Chicken of the Sea and Jungle Cruise

Two more images from 1957. First up is a nice view of the Chicken of the Sea restaurant in Fantasyland. Unfortunately the mermaid is obscured by the sail. In the background is the now extinct Fantasyland Skyway Chalet.

The next image is of the great early Jungle Cruise ticket booth. This is a nice shot showing the extent of theming for the ticket booth. My favorite is the painted shield over the top of the booth. Also the amount of palm fronds covering the queue as well.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Two Boats in Black And White from 1957

Two shaky snapshots focusing on a couple of boats at Disneyland. The photographs are date stamped for Aug 1957. The first image shows the Keel Boat Bertha Mae with a large group of guests on board. Many are sitting in the open air top but many are also in the cabin. I wish they could some how bring this attraction back as it was always a fun ride. In the background is the Chicken Plantation restaurant.

The second image may qualify for the worst composition ever. The photographer managed to get the top of the Mark Twain, a lovely lamp and lots of sky.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Two Souvenir Slides

Today's post features two early souvenir slides. Unfortunately they have turned very red. I tried color correction but I am still learning the new version of Photoshop and they both came out a little different. First up is the rafts to Tom Sawyer's Island. Two rafts are moving with the large hill with Tom's Treehouse at the top in the background.

The second image is of the Red Wagon Inn with a group of lovely ladies picnicking on the grass. I wonder if the group was actually cast members taking a break?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Souvenir Friday- Sign From New Orleans Square

A fun little sign that was found on counter tops in New Orleans Square to promote package delivery. I believe there has been a change in policy for package pick up in that they now charge for the service to the front gate or hotel room (if staying on Disney property.) I wished they would have dressed Mickey in a more New Orleans style outfit.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Pooh, Tigger and Phillip Too

We now have to say goodbye to Phillip. I leave you with two images of Phillip posing with two of my favorite characters. First up is Mr. Winnie the Pooh. The location is just inside the front gates. Phillip looks rather stiff as if dad told him to pose and smile.

The second shot is a bit distant, as if dad did not want to interfere in Phillip meeting Tigger. Tigger is definitely a more popular character. In the background is the stroller shop.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Phillip Meets Mickey and Goofy

Like most kids, Phillip enjoyed meeting the costumed characters. First up he got to meet Mickey. Mickey is in his formal outfit and shanking hands in front of the Bank of Main street. Note the ticket book being held by the lady in the background.

Phillip also got Goofy to sign his autograph book. Miss Grumpy Shorts in the background is not very happy she has to wait...

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Phillip and His Tour Guide

So Phillip was not only lucky in getting a feathered hat, but he also went on a guided tour. His Tour Guide is a cute (aren't they all cute) and friendly Japanese American. Unfortunately I cannot make out her name badge in either photograph. One of her pins is a Japanese Flag. I hope Phillip kept his tour tag as a souvenir.

In this image the guide and Phillip pose at the front entrance to Tomorrowland in mid-tour with the great Mary Blair tiles and the rest of Tomorrowland '67 in the background.

Monday, January 09, 2017

Phillip and His Feathered Hat

Rarely do I find images where a fun souvenir is so prominently featured. In the late 1960s, one boy named Phillip went to Disneyland and convinced his parents to purchase a souvenir hat. This hat featured a nice graphic of Sleeping Beauty Castle and was embroidered with his name. But the best feature was a long yellow feather.

The feather was so fun that Dad could not resist it when posing for a family portrait. The feather even matches Mom's fabulous outfit.

I hear that Phillip wore this hat to his first job interview and got the job. I know Major Pepperidge is very jealous of the hat!

Friday, January 06, 2017

Mega Post- April 1962 Trip to Disneyland in Black and White

It has been a while since I have posted any new images. I have purchased a new computer which should help with some of the connection problems I have been having. In addition, I have now upgraded my Photoshop elements from version 2 to version 15. This post features all the snapshots a family took during a trip to Disneyland and the Disneyland Hotel in 1962. The photographs are marked April 62 but I believe they may have been taken in February. The family photographed some unusual views as well as some of the normal views. First up is the Santa Fe and Disneyland Railroad and Main Street Depot. Two Railroad employees are discussing the operation of the train or maybe the fun they had at the cast party on Saturday night. Note the Santa Fe travel poster in the background.

Here is the car the family will be riding for the Grand Circle Tour of Disneyland.

The view of the Main Entrance from the station. Mickey and Minnie are posing for photographs. This is a rare view showing the backside of the attraction posters.

A view of the Rivers of America from the railroad. Nice to see Fort Wilderness in all it's glory and a nice glimpse of Cascade Peak.

Exiting the Main Street Station and walking towards the hub, the photographer decided that the entrance to Frontierland was worthy of his film. I like the colorful umbrellas.

Heading into Fantasyland, the family ran into Alice in Wonderland and her friends the White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter. Amazingly enough, they did not pose with the characters but just took their pictures.

They also met the fearsome Pirate hanging out at the Chicken of the Sea ship. They decided to pose with him, maybe he coerced them with his flintlock pistol.

One attraction they enjoyed (and photographed) was Storybook Land. I always enjoy riding the canal boats when I can. First up is Pinocchio's village.

Also Practical Pig's house made out of brick.

The old mill where the animals took refuge during the storm. Oops, wrong mill, as noted in the comments section this is the mill seen in the Alice In Wonderland section.

The family also jumped on the Skyway and took this nice photograph of the Skull Rock and Pirate ship.

Also a nice view of the end of the Matterhorn ride.

A mistake image is this double exposure of the Submarine Voyage load area and something else. The Subs was one of their favorite attractions.

Using the porthole, the photographers snapped multiple shots of the mechanical sea life. First up is the shark and octopus fight.

Next is some kelp and fish.

A very crusty crab, maybe from SpongeBob Squarepants?

A lovely fish swimming by...

The last two images are from the Disneyland Hotel. First is the great sign mimicking the sign at the entrance to Disneyland.

Final image is the young son standing on the steps to the Monorail with a Cocktails sign for the Monorail Café in the background.