Saturday, February 20, 2010

Three More Snapshots, 1959

Today seemed like a good day to share the last of my 1959 snapshots...

Here's the magnificent Columbia, sailing up the... um... Mississippi river. I just happen to be exceptionally nautical, and can tell you that all of those colorful flags say, "Be sure to drink more Ovaltine".


If a band plays and there's nobody around to hear it, does it make a sound?


Let's face it, you knew you weren't going to get out of this without seeing at least one castle photo. It's as inevitable as "American Idol" sucking.

7 comments:

Katella Gate said...

So what is it with 50's film and the color of the sky? Was it formulated to print a shade of "impossibly blue?".

Interesting to see how the forecourt of the castle has gotten bigger with time. You could land a helicopter there today.

Connie Moreno said...

A white picket fence along the Rivers of America? I don't think I've ever seen that. Well, I've seen it but I was too young to remember, LOL.

Chiana_Chat said...

From a '50s song: "Make the river deep - The mountain high - The cornflower blue as the summer sky..."

As many pics of the Columbia on the ROA as I've seen and they can still impress me: what a marvelous spectacle it is.

White picket fence and lamp there along the scruffy river almost makes the picture feel more 1759 than 1959. :)

Idle thought (Castle pics do that you know ;) ), do the banner colors mean anything or are they always purely random / artistic choice?

Major Pepperidge said...

Chiana, my guess is that the banner colors don't mean anything, but perhaps a heraldry expert will prove me wrong!

Nancy said...

i love how the picket fence adds so much, i dont know what to call it, to the photo of the Columbia. its one of my top 5 DL things you cant get at WDW

its still hard for me to imagine the days when the park was this empty...

:)

Anonymous said...

It's my guess that the picture of the Columbia was taken from the Mark Twain dock. There is/was a picket fence there.

j r h said...

Sorry to be so late on this comment but, if the last castle picture is really 1959 (and I don't doubt that it is) then I'll bet that the real subject is the woman in the white shorts.

That would have been novelty in 1959. I remember going to the Park in the Summer with my Dad, and he would be in a sport coat.

Notice that the picture is not level and has a finger in the upper left hand - both signs that it was a hurried shot, taken before the woman disappeared past the castle portcullis.