Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Mr. X, my pal, recently gave me an envelope with some great vintage photo prints. I love getting stuff and not paying for it! My thanks to Mr. X for his generosity.
It's always nice to feature the Haunted Mansion, since I have so few HM-related photos of any kind. These are exteriors of course, the old Instamatic probably wouldn't have been able to do much with the low light levels of the interior.
Do you dare to enter the grounds of that stately mansion?! The outward appearance is beautiful (and completely convincing); hard to believe that this is in an "amusement park". The many years that this structure stood before opening allowed the grounds to mature to a point that it feels like it's been there a very long time. I am guestimating that both photos date from around 1970 (in part because Mr. X got himself a 35mm camera by the early 1970's and ditched the Instamatic). Notice that the copper or bronze plaques on the brick columns look like a lightly-tarnished penny at this point. When they were brand new, they shone like... well, like new. Eventually they turned a very patinated coppery green - and in some photos they look practically black. At some point I believe that they had been chemically treated, but in this picture the tarnish appears to be the result of natural oxidation.
Is that a cast member, the young lady in the red vest? Hard to tell, though that does kind of look like a name tag on the vest. I've always loved those wonderful magnolia trees, with their dark glossy leaves and big white blossoms. Perhaps the color is a bit off in these pictures, but the wrought iron doesn't look quite as "celadon green" as they do today.