Monday, January 03, 2011


Today I'm posting what I think are the last photos from a bunch that I've been going back to for years. Most recently, we saw these.

This time we get to see two photogenic kids aboard the Dumbo attraction. I like how dad managed to get the kids clearly while the rest shows some nice motion blur. Come on kids, make Dumbo soar higher! Don't just scoot along the ground like that.

Hey look, there's the Casey Jr. Circus Train! It's hard to believe that the north border of the park was just past Storybook Land back in those days. Notice Dumbo's hinged ears.

See how nice big sister is? I'll bet she grew up to be a great mom. I see a few attraction posters in the distance. Skyway - Space Station X-1 - Alice in Wonderland - and the Disneyland Hotel.


Connie Moreno said...


Katella Gate said...

I wonder if dad spent a lot of time photographic NASCAR, his motion blur in the first shot is fantastic.

The last picture is interesting too.. first, the public could be trusted to step up/down on steps when they saw them without the need for a legal release.

Second, pretty mom is wearing flip-flops! Gads, we had a discussion about this last week (when it was interrupted by a snarky comment about my over-interest in women's beauty products). I suppose some people DID wear them to the park... All I know is that Mom would have killed me.

Perhaps this marks the beginning of the end of women's fashion.

Chiana_Chat said...

Yep Katella, noticed that.

I like how the two ladies didn't stop gossiping just because they're flying around in circles on a metal device simulating a hollow pachyderm. Its ears are flapping in front and they can't be bothered to look. In fact with their expressions it's like they got on that thing just to have a safe place to dish the best goods!

Such cute kids. :)

CoxPilot said...

Back then they were called Zories. I think the term Flip-Flops did come into vogue until another 15 or 20 years. These are really good pics for the day. The Cast Member (called "Employees" then) is in full wool pants and tie. The same outfit we had to ware, even in the Flight Circle in the heat of the summer.

Orange Co Native said...

I wonder if the yellow fence with the attraction posters was hiding some kind of construction that was going on. In the 1950's and early 60's, there was a lot of open areas in Disneyland.

Cox Pilot is right. They were called zorries back then. No one uses that term anymore. Funny how names of things can die out of usage.

JG said...

@Cox Pilot and OCN, my Mom called them zories (spelling?). Looked just like those. I have no idea where that name came from and hadn't heard or thought of it for 40 years till the post where KG got called out for a dirty old man. LOL. (Never mind it KG, we know its not true)

I wasn't allowed to wear those things off our property, much less to Disneyland. Egad.


Katella Gate said...

@CoxPilot and @JG: I had also forgotten about the name "zories" for those sandals. The name is Japanese after the prototype. The name switched to "filpflop" later.

Funny thing is about those beauty aid posts -- it was really about advertising slogans, which just happened to be about beauty aids. No.. Really..

Nancy said...

we called them thongs here in the East back in the 60s and 70s, which i still do, but now they call them flip-flops, which i dont recall when that started

i am afraid to wear them or sandals in the park (any park) and it surprises me how many ppl do. once or twice i have had to b/c my shoes were just too unforgiving on the blisters but i worried the whole time!

the password today is "snerific"...

Major Pepperidge said...

I've had plenty of clumsy people step on my toes while waiting in line at Disneyland. Fortunately they were in nice sturdy shoes! Flips flops/zories/sandals just seem like a bad idea.

Barry said...

Zories...flip best friend in college from Penang, Malaysia Sundramoorthy Pathmanathan was looking for a pair in the local stores here in MN. He and all Malaysians called them rubbers! When he went in to the stores and asked for those I almost fell over laughing as did the clerk, when he explained "For my feet"