Thursday, October 19, 2006

Carousel of Progress, 1890's & 1920's



I thought I'd post these photos as a compliment to the Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow blog (which is excellent!). It's too bad that these are undated, it would be nice to be able to compare this 1890's picture with the one on the GBBT blog, with a bit more info. There are differences, but they seem pretty subtle...Father's hair, mustache, and clothing all seem basically the same to me. As Rod Bennett points out, his hair did get lighter and fuller eventually.

Next is a photo from the 1920's segment, with electrical cords going all over the place. I seem to remember reading that during the show, blacklights come on to highlight the cords....there is a blue/violet light coming from the top of this image, maybe that's the blacklight. Does anyone remember this part of the show?

5 comments:

wonderboss said...

Pretty sure this is the Disneyland version, Major. Notice the pitcher of ice tea, which has migrated to the "stage right" side of the chair (1920s). Also, the later WDW Dad looks different to me. (Thanks for saying nice stuff about GBBT!).

Matterhorn1959 said...

Wow nice interior shots. Are these commercial slides or guest slides?

Major Pepperidge said...

Yes Rod, these are definitely from the Disneyland version.

And matterhorn, these are guest slides, the photographer took quite a few interiors of COP, though many are too dark. Also have a bunch of Country Bear Jamboree pix that I haven't tried to scan yet.

Matterhorn1959 said...

Amazing someone actually took that much effort in darkened theaters. Glad that the shots have been found and are being saved. I hope you can work with them enough to show details.

Anonymous said...

Yes, you're quite correct about the wires. At the right moment, the house lights in the 20's theater dimmed and black lights revealed the helter-skelter wiring tacked on the walls and run on hooks overhead. As I recall, the wire colors were evenly divided between electric blue and electric green.