Monday, March 31, 2008

Golden Horseshoe Interior, July 1963

This past weekend, there was a tribute to the legendary Golden Horseshoe Revue, with Wally Boag and Betty Taylor making a rare appearance. I wasn't able to go, but I can't wait to hear about it! (Hopefully Dave over at Daveland will fill us in).

Anyway, in honor of the original Golden Horseshoe Revue, here are a few unusual interior photos from 1963. The low-light conditions left them a bit on the dark side, but you get the idea! First up is this picture of a showgirl mingling with the audience, presumably before the big performance. Our photographer must have been smitten, since he took several photos of her. This was the only one that wasn't a blur!


One of the hard working waitresses is (what else?) waiting for the bartender to serve up a few paper cups of ice-cold Pepsi. Put mine in a dirty glass! There is something about this whole series that reminds me of the paintings of Degas and Latrec!


There he is now, as blurry as Bigfoot. The bartender himself! He serves up fizzy drinks and frontier wisdom (all bartenders did in those days).


This last photo gives us a good look at the bar area itself. There are lots of what appear to be liquor bottles. Even though they were props, they helped make the GH feel more "real" - - worried moms and dads might not approve today. I like the Pepsi signs and the tastefully non-nude painting.

7 comments:

walterworld said...

Dang!---I've bellied up to the same bar...

What a great collection of shots, and thanks be to the anonymous person who decided to snap these pics!

I think it's just fine that these shots taken by who-knows-who have made it to-light for us fellow travellers to see...

Wish I could have been there for that performance ot TGHR...

Thanks for the post---

Davelandweb said...

Wow, wow, and double wow! Dark or not, these are fantastic shots of the Saloon. And yes, you can see the photos on my blog from Saturday night.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Incredible detail shots from a favorite place.

SundayNight said...

Rare shots. Loved the Road to Utopia reference!

Progressland said...

These are neat! Of course, it's always good to see interior shots...

pixiegirltink said...

I was on the event staff for the GHS event Saturday night - it really turned out to be a wonderful evening! Wally's kids got up and gave funny and heartfelt speeches, as well as many others who have been inspired by Wally's talent.

Major, those are fantastic shots - thanks! Please post more. The GHR has a very special Pepsi filled place in my heart. Gosh I wish they'd bring it back!

:)

morrigoon said...

Regarding the "tastefully non-nude painting" in the background of that one shot... that painting is still there today, by the way... Go watch the Hayley Mills classic, "Summer Magic", and you'll find that very image has a pretty amusing moment in the spotlight.