Friday, March 07, 2014
Today I am sharing a trio of orphaned images… some are leftuggies, some were not part of a larger lot. Whatever the case, they are still very nice vintage photos.
Here's a neat and unusual 1957 view of Tomorrowland, taken from one of the old open-air freight cars of the Disneyland Railroad. Ya gots yer Autopia, yer Skyway and Moonliner, and even the Richfield eagle.
From December 1970 comes this postcard-worthy photo of a Jungle Cruise "naptha launches" (as they were called on an old sign). The river looks placid and inky-black, but we know that it hides crocodiles, hippos, piranhas, and the always-hilarious candiru.
And finally, let's enjoy this colorful August 1958 shot of the Mad Tea Party, with the old "Mr. Toad" façade in the background. The flat, painted awnings and tournament tents were low-budget, but they looked kind of great.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
I'm guessing that everybody who is reading GDB knows that "It's a Small World" made its debut at the 1964 New York World's Fair. Today I have some fun vintage photos of the pre-Disneyland attraction.
Goofy is always popular with kids. Even New York kids, who are more used to knife fights and run-ins with Officer Krupke. See that kid shaking hands with Goof? He will be going to a rumble later that evening. Note the base of the Tower of the Four Winds to our right.
"Hey! Hey mister! Ya got any peanuts? I'm really hurtin' here". Chip (or is it Dale?) lurks in the shadows in a creepy manner. I know, the poor guy (or gal) inside is just trying to not cook in the summer heat, but still. The man on the right is thinking, "What the heck?".
The next two are dark and/or blurry, but I figured I'd include them anyway. In spite of the long lines, apparently IASW was such a people-eater that there were empty seats once in a while. This lady doesn't mind, it gives her a chance to stretch out and relax.
More empty seats - lots of them. I wonder if those guys on the upper level are Fair workers… or if that is part of the queue. From what I can gather, the line went up and down stairs several times.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Our "Special Guest" is non other than Ken Martinez again, who has changed things up a little bit this time. He lives up in the general San Francisco-ish part of California, and was lucky enough to visit the Sacramento State Railroad Museum. As he said regarding the pictures, "….they're not vintage, but they are pics of vintage stuff". My appreciation of old trains has grown over the years (at least in part due to the Disneyland RR) - maybe it's a "guy thing".
This first picture shows (in Ken's words), "…a Union Pacific No. 4466 Lima 1920 0-6-0 type steam locomotive built in October 1920 for the Union Pacific Railroad to perform switching chores and transfer runs. Most of its history was spent as a shop switcher. A switcher is used for delivering or picking up railcars outside of a railroad yard." Ken provided a link to see it in action - click HERE.
The next two images "… feature the Dining Car No. 1474 Cochiti. The dining car was ordered and built for a Santa Fe passenger train in 1936. It was one in a set of eight cars for a new lightweight streamlined steel train known as the Super Chief that ran between Los Angeles and Chicago".
Wow, I can't imagine having to prepare entire meals (probably consisting of several courses) in this cramped little kitchen that rocked back and forth!
Ken continues, "The Cochiti diner car was considered to be one of the best in the railroad passenger dining experience. (It) was named for an old Indian-Spanish pueblo, located on the Rio Grande about 30 miles southwest of Santa Fe". Looks pretty elegant, doesn't it?
And last (but not least - in fact its my favorite) is this image that, "… features a Western Pacific No. 913 GM-EMD 1950 F7A. It was a 1,500 horsepower (1,100 kw) diesel electric locomotive produced between February 1949 and December 1953 by the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors and General Motors Diesel. Although promoted as a freight-hauling unit, it was also utilized for passenger service hauling such trains as the 'Super Chief' and 'El Capitan' ". Isn't it a beauty? For those of you thinking about knitting a scarf for me, orange is my favorite color.
Many thanks to Ken Martinez for sharing these photos, and for spending the time to include all of the relevant information that accompanied the pix! I hope I can make it up to the Sacramento State Train Museum someday, but until then, these photos are pretty neat. And there are a few more to come - featuring vintage toy trains!
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
From my pal "Mr. X" I bring you two more wonderful vintage snapshots that he generously gave to me.
Holy Toledo, what a crowded day! I've seen it worse, though. Mr. X liked to take photos from this vantage point, standing on a bench so that he was above the babushka'd heads of the multitudes. The Rocket Jets are up, the Peoplemover is showing off, and all in all the place looks great.
I should get out a map of the park so that I can determine whether Mr. X was in the very front or the very back of the Monorail when he took this photo. But that would involve effort, and I hate effort. OK, I lied, I looked at an old map, and it didn't really help much. I'm going to go ahead and say that he was sitting in front. Ah, I feel better now! Notice the Motor Boat Cruise down below.
Monday, March 03, 2014
Once again, GDB reader Chuck Hansen has come to the rescue and is sharing some of his personal photos; these date from July 17, 1995… Disneyland's 40th anniversary.
If all streets had balloon arches overhead, there would be no wars. I like how the wind has made them kind of wonky and Seussian. Just think, 40 years earlier, Walt Disney and thousands of other folks were in this very spot for the televised opening ceremonies.
I love the addition of the giant Mickey-shaped balloon; was this only used for a single day? As much as I am a fan of Mickey Mouse (and I really am!), I still would rather see one of those blow-up gorillas (like you see at auto dealerships). For obvious reasons.
Man, look at that crowd! I wish I had one of those birthday hats. Not as a collectible, just because they look so darn spiffy. AIEEEE! A giant Lady and Tramp are atop the Emporium... and they are HUNGRY.
Those red Mickey-shaped barrage balloons prevented attack by low-flying aircraft and V-1 bombs, probably sent by Knott's Berry Farm. And you thought balloons were just for fun (and for inhaling helium).
Thank you, Chuck! We'll have a few more photos from this batch, including some of Chuck and his wife. Then he'll be stopped for his autograph and pestered by paparazzi for months to come.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
I have a few "meh" images from the Jungle Cruise, might as well get them out of the way today! Tune in tomorrow for something more interesting.
Look there! Some friendly natives are waving spears and shields at us in a show of welcome. One of them even tried to give me his spear by tossing it toward me. That's mighty neighborly of him; it makes me wish I had brought some of my famous snickerdoodles to share (they're dee-lish). Still, the guy next to me caught the spear with his throat, which is a pretty neat trick. Now he's flopping around like some kinda funny fish.
Oh man, another elephant? This is getting to be a problem. One or two are cute, but when there are hundreds of them, let's just say that you'd better own a shovel. Once again, the snickerdoodles would have come in handy - - - elephants hate snickerdoodles.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
Hmmm, what should I post for today's "Anything Goes" Saturday? Well, the pickings are slim, because I haven't been scanning as much as I should. I'll start, I promise. But not today; first thing tomorrow! Yeah, that's it.
"Vintage people" seems to be as good a theme as any. Who doesn't enjoy being a voyeur to the past? Nobody, that's who. Let's start with this parade photo (location unknown) featuring a little girl on the back seat of a 1956 Pontiac Star Chief. The girl's name was Carol Champagne (I swear to beezus) and the sign on the car assures us that in 1970 (waaaaaay in the future), she will be Miss "House of Regis", whatever that is. She looks to be about 5 or six years old, so if this was 1955, she would be around 20 by 1970. Now multiply that by Pi, divide by the square root of the hypotenuse, and lightly sauté the algorithms until golden brown. Math is fun!
These folks look like extras from "The Andy Griffith Show". I love them. The girls are giving Junior a hard time, but he knows it's all in good fun. Uncle Jeff looks kind of goofy, but those tattoos have me guessing that he saw some action in the Pacific (thanks Unky Jeff!). This fun family is loitering outside a typical small-town hardware store, where you could buy anything from Seal Rite Color Tint Paints to a lawn mower, to a full croquet set. Why shop anywhere else?
Now let's go to Somewheresville USA, to visit these three crazy fellas. They're standing in the doorway of a warehouse full of little vehicles. What the heck are they? Small delivery vans? Oddball European vehicles? Inquiring minds need to know.
Friday, February 28, 2014
It's time for more vintage Instamatics!
Let's start with this unusual (and lovely) view of the Mark Twain as it takes on passengers at the dock. I can't recall seeing any other photos from this perspective. Where was our photographer (good old "Mr. X") standing?
This next photo should help; but first, let's just enjoy the beautiful Columbia on a perfect day; blue sky and fluffy white clouds… folks aboard the raft in the foreground are wearing sweaters, so it can't be summer. Notice the blue and green walls along the shore, which must have something to do with the construction of New Orleans Square (I suppose).
I zoomed in toward the left side of the photo, and even though it is not very sharp, we can still see that there are many people on the balcony of the Golden Horseshoe building. It even looks like some folks are sitting with their legs dangling over the edge!
Wrapping things up, how about one more shot of the Mark Twain, framed by the leaves of magnolia trees. I love the color on this one!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Dedicated GDB readers know that Major Pepperidge loves pictures of Tomorrowland. It's my very favorite! Here's a good one taken from the upper level of the "Carousel of Progress" building, affording us a nice bird's-eye view (a lazy bird) looking toward the mighty Matterhorn; the Skway must be down for repairs, and I'm not even sure if the Peoplemover is operating, since there is one empty train on the tracks.
I had to zoom in and get a better look at the green Monorail - that's right, "Old Greenie", for the second time in one week!
The Subs and the Monorail don't look especially busy - although, in this view, it looks like there is somebody in the blue Peoplemover train, just visible behind the palm tree to our right.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Back in the early days, the Indian Village was located right on the edge of Adventureland - note the broad-leafed tropical plants just over the mini-berm (banana plants, maybe?). I'ts hard to tell, but the dance circle looks like it was smaller. One of the Indian performers is taking a well-deserved break.
How did anybody ever survive without a mobile device to keep them occupied in those quiet moments? No "Candy Crush" or "Angry Birds" or "Temple Run"… it must have been awful. I remember being stuck with nothing but my own thoughts, and I didn't like it one bit.
This followup is kind of blurry, but I thought I'd include it anyway. Why I am so fascinated with the close proximity of the Jungle Cruise? Because I'm weird, that's why.