Tuesday, September 01, 2009

POSTERAMA 9

Today's poster celebrates the sailing ship Columbia! It was full rigged and 3 masted. And sugar frosted and vitamin fortified. As usual, the design is striking, dominated by that brilliant cerulean blue representing both sky and water. The white sails of the Columbia really seem to gleam as if lit by the bright sun. In the foreground, friendly Indians welcome the graceful vessel, though maybe they will regret it later. I think it's a fantastic poster, but it doesn't seem to garner much love, generally fetching relatively low prices.


I decided to use a tripod for my latest attraction poster photos, and it made all the difference! Don't know why I waited so long to do it right, but future poster pics should be much improved.

15 comments:

Notapirateship said...

If that's TSI in the background, then the Mighty Columbia is going the wrong way around the RoA. Maybe that's what the Chief standing in the canoe is trying to tell them. Wait a tick, "standing in a canoe"?

Anyway, nice poster. Brilliant effect achieved with only 6 colours. I like the transparent effect on the Columbia title letters.

Chiana_Chat said...

A beaut! :D Thanks for the shot Maj, it gives a fresh, free feeling. You do just keep gettin' better at this stuff don't you? Oh! Yes, please just call me Chiana, or just Chi will do too if you like.

Thanks Notapirateship, never noticed the transparent effect of the lettering... and no computers.

Matterhorn1959 said...

The reason for limited love is availability. This is one of the posters which they found lots in the warehouse. Then of course, they reproduced it as part of the Disney Gallery series. It is one of my favorite posters. I purchased mine with a tear for less than $100 years ago.

TokyoMagic! said...

Thanks for sharing your poster collection with us, Major! I enjoy each and every one of them.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Posterama ROCKS! This one came out super Major, I really like this one.! Thanks for all the hard work to photograph these.

Katella Gate said...

@ Notapirateship: I saw the transparency of the red lettering also and was thinking how classy it looked, especially as it passed over the shadows in the center of the sails.

Notapirateship said...

You can see that there is an almost childlike simplicity to it. What is also subtle is the use of the patriotic red white blue to celebrate America's pride in it's history. The colours were probably handcut from film and then silkscreened one at a time. I would guess blue was first. Maybe grey, brown, and black next to give it definition. The green is isolated, so it was probably next. And finally, to give it life throughout the image, and a title, the red was laid on top of everything, not bothering to cut out the lettering so that the letters achieve an airy quality, reinforcing the feeling of wind and movement shown with the sails, pennants, waves and birds.

I also like how the folks on the 2 boats are waving at each other, which is one of the fun things to do in Disneyland.

It occurs to me that when they were building DCA, one of the things that contributed to it being less charming than DL was that they didn't bother producing attraction posters. Something that I understand will be rectified in the near future. I hope that when they do, they keep them simple like this one, and not get too fancy with tones and computer tricks. You can tell quite a story with just 6 colours.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Without a doubt one of my favorite posters. She's a Beauty!

outsidetheberm said...

How come all your posters look so beautifully clean and crisp? You lucky cuss. Ours always seem to have scratches and mounting holes!

And Notapirateship - Thanks for your take on the printing process. Good info.

Nancy said...

notapirate ship, your comment above made me think of a coloring book page. this poster is gorgeous, without a doubt one of the most colorful even tho it has just the few primary colors.

of course, The Major's awesome photography certainly makes this poster a standout...WELL DONE! :D

Davelandweb said...

David - What an excellent poster and in such fantastic shape. Notapirateship...to get even further into printing geek-speak, that transparent effect is more commonly known as a goof. Somebody didn't cut the mask properly and forgot to knock out the lettering, thus the 2 colors printed over each other. I have seen other versions of the poster with the correct knock-out.

Katella Gate said...

Well then, Viva La Goof!

thepicklebarrel said...

totally agree...this poster gets nowhere near the love it should.

i feel the same way about horseshoe and disneyland hotel. aw, hell...they're ALL amazing!!!!

Major Pepperidge said...

Thanks for all the great comments everybody! I'm glad you enjoyed the Columbia poster. I have about 12 more to go, so stayed tuned.

Chiana_Chat said...

Could ya redo the others or at least Nature's Wonderland one with your nifty new tripod gear? It does look swell so sharp. I know 'mmm soo demanding :p By the way, a friend had a tripod setup and he called the tripod his "sea-legs." As in, "oh could you get me my sea legs?!" :p