Thursday, December 17, 2009

Kibbles And Bits

Today's photos are a selection of leftovers and orphans from various years.

Let's start with this nice look at the Monsanto Bakelite Shack of Tomorrow (there's a new bit of nomenclature!). I'm tellin' ya, the future looks pretty nice... when I build my exact copy, I'll be sure to surround it with plenty of greenery and a peaceful pond just like this.


Here's one from 1977. Santa Fe has left the building, and I still think that the station and trains look kind of naked without that distinctive logo. The population sign reads "157,000,000"; I think that in early photos I've seen it as low as 5 million. I want to see the earliest, lowest number that was posted!


Even folks who don't like "It's a Small World" get a kick out of the mechanical clock and these Mary Blair-ish figures as they cycle around every 15 minutes. The surfer is always a favorite of mine!

8 comments:

Andrew said...

These leftovers are very nice, Major! Wouldn't it be fun to take a turn around the park on that railroad hand car that is parked at the station?

Progressland said...

If you think I'm putting "Monsanto Bakelite Shack of Tomorrow" in the thesaurus, well... we'll talk. I believe 5 Million was the first population posted.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

I miss that SF Logo too Major. Nice pics.

Chiana_Chat said...

When you build your very own Bakelite Shanty are you also going to build a Swiss mountain for a backdrop?

Kibbles n Bits mmm :p

Nancy said...

wow, Major, you sure know how to cook! a nice collection of sunny entrees

who doesnt like a good smorgasbord?!

Jim said...

Is that Hunter S Thompson in the center of the 1977 pic? Fear and Loathing in Fantasyland?

Anonymous said...

According the exhibit at the new Walt Disney Family Museum, the clock at Small World was inspired by a clock in a building in Germany which Walt visited during his time as a driver after WWI.

I would post a link, but i cant remember the name of the building.

Major Pepperidge said...

Anonymous, I believe that you are thinking of the Rathaus-Glockenspiel in Munich.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rathaus-Glockenspiel