Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Jungle Cruise

The Jungle Cruise doesn't get a lot of coverage on the Disney photo blogs, I think that we blogmeisters have seen too many photos of bathing elephants and hippos with gaping mouths. But today I thought I'd post some vintage images (both from the 1950's) that present some details that are interesting to me.

First up is a view of a native village - - headhunters, no doubt. Pygmy headhunters, judging by the size of those tiny huts! They have some unfortunate critter (lion? wild dog?) ready to throw into a big pot that is usually reserved for missionaries and exploreres.


Here's a mysterious little waterway that leads miles (!) into the jungle...how many people ventured back there, never to return? Colonel Kurtz, for one. There are signs of human presence, though. I love the detail of the suspended bridge, skillfully woven from vines; was it purely decorative, or did the landscapers and other workmen use it to cross the waterway? And is it still there?

3 comments:

Davelandweb said...

The jungle looks much more primitive in your photos; and less lush as it does today. Nice shots!

Tannerman said...

Really enjoyed these shots. The river that goes "nowhere" just prompts imagination.

Chris Merritt said...

God! Amazing Freedomland shots - thank you!