Saturday, April 19, 2008

Double Fun

The shoreline of the Rivers of America has changed quite a bit over the years, especially with the advent of "Fantasmic!". Here's a picture of part of the New Orleans Square area in the years before that; the Keelboat has been painted an antique blue/green color, sort of the color of copper patina. I wonder why, after so many years of unpainted service? The Columbia is (surprise!) in drydock while one of the rafts to Tom Sawyer Island loads up to head back to the mainland. I love the way Harper's Mill looks, covered in greenery as if it has been there 100 years! And the Haunted Mansion appears right at home behind the tress.

On a completely unrelated note, here's a scan of a very faded slide that had turned a vivid magenta. I was tempted to just make it black and white and be done with it, since this was the best I could do with the restoration. It's an early view, as evidenced by the barely-legible sign to the right, advertising Prof. Geo. J.Keller's Jungle Killers IN ACTION!

As requested, here is a closeup of the sign for Prof. Keller. I decided to remove the color and darken as much as possible, since it was very faded. It's ugly, but somewhat legible! From what I can read, it says: "ADDED ATTRACTION! Prof. Geo. J. Keller's Jungle Killers In Action!" Then it lists showtimes, apparently 1 o'clock, 2 o'clock, and so on up to 5 o'clock. "(obscured) Coupon in Ticket book or 25 cents".


Jason Schultz said...

I think that bottom shot looks just fine. Do you have a close-up of the sign? I'd be interested to see the wording. And I don't believe I've ever seen that souvenir kiosk outside the gates--have I just been missing it in other photos?

Unknown said...

The first shot is great, especially with the all of the watercraft in the river and the Mansion framed at the top.

Jason Schultz said...

Thanks for the close-up. This must have been from his solo season in 1956.

Connie Moreno said...

I miss the pre-Fantasmic river!