Friday, June 07, 2013

A Pair From June 1959

I love this first photo, taken in the middle of the classic 1950's Tomorrowland. A lady in her little black dress (and pearls) poses in front of the wonderful Clock of the World. It's almost 4 o'clock! There's Circarama, the TWA Moonliner, and the Monsanto Hall of Chemistry. Flowers and balloons add welcome splashes of color to this future world.


And here's a nice photo of The Pavillion (my spell check doesn't like the double "L"), where guests take a load off of their weary feet and enjoy a relaxing lunch. Hard to believe that the back side of this very same building is themed to fit into Adventureland, with a thatched roof and carved, unpainted wood.


12 comments:

Nanook said...

Personally, I never considered June, 1959, to be "...in the middle of the classic 1950's", but then I still can't decide if it's "twenty-thirteen" or "two-thousand thirteen"; so I may not be the best person to consult on dates.

And as for 'proper attire for a lady', my mom always said: Basic black and a string of pearls - a girl can't go wrong. That's just all-'round good advice - especially when exploring all of Disneyland's "Five Realms". Gotta look your best-!

TokyoMagic! said...

Hmmmm, I wonder what the man in front of the Monsanto exhibit is pointing to? The Castle? The House of the Future? I wish I could step into these photos today, Major. I'd head to the Matterhorn first. Hopefully it would have opened already!

Chiana_Chat said...

And like a lucky coin, the Pavillion looks friendly and inviting on either side!

Alonzo P Hawk said...

I think Mr Brown shoes is using his seldom successful pick up technique. Point directly and yell at the top of his lungs "hot girl". I'm guessing our sleek lady in black would not be impressed.

Melissa said...

You've got to dress appropriately for cocktail hour if you're going to pose in front of the Giant Jigger.

K. Martinez said...

I never noticed the double "L" in the Pavillion sign before. I guess they got it right later with the Plaza Pavilion sign.

Either way I'm glad to see this establishment open again. Maybe someday the other side will reopen to make it complete along with the Jolly Holiday Bakery.

Greg Ottinger said...

What a great entrance to Tomrrowland! You have the clock of the world to initially get your attention and then the TWA Moonliner to pull you all the way in. I hope Disney doesn't do something stupid like put the Astro Jets there along with some big ugly brown rocks. Oh, yeah. >:(

Tom said...

@Melissa - LOL! Suppose they used it for Sinatra-sized Martinis? Easy on the vermouth, please.

I was wondering about that pointing guy too. I'm hoping there's someone out of frame for whom he's providing direction, otherwise he's just got some bizarre OCD "pointing at things" tic.

Major Pepperidge said...

Nanook, I assume you are kidding about the "middle of the classic 1950's" thing! And I hereby declare that it is "twenty-thirteen"; this decision will bring peace and happiness to the world.

TokyoMagic!, it is pretty clear that the man is saying "Squirrel!". And I think I would head to one of those oddball exhibits like the Dutch Boy World of Color, or the Crane Bathroom of Tomorrow.

Chiana, maybe it's just me, but the Pavillion looks especially adorable in this particular photo. Often it is so empty in pictures, maybe the fact that people are there helps. And the flowers.

Alonzo, pointing to a girl and yelling something is always a good way to make a love connection. I like to say "Cooties!".

Melissa, I have noticed the Clock of the World's resemblance to one of those cocktail jiggers. In the future, people are very, very drunk.

K. Martinez, I honestly wonder about that double "L"… I wonder if it was an archaic way to spell the word, or could it just be a mistake?

Greg Ottinger, as much as I wish the Astro Orbiter was atop the Peoplemover (and that the Peoplemover was working), it is the rocks that really bug me. Every time I see them or have to walk around them, I think, "WHY?".

Tom, I prefer to swim in my cocktails and float on an olive.

Nanook said...

Major- It was 1:45 AM when I read and then attempted to be coherent. What can I say-? A (reasonably) good night's sleep showed me the error of my ways come sunrise.

Clearly Melissa has the right idea-! Bottoms up...

Nancy said...

LoVE!! :-)

Dean Finder said...

I thought the pointing man was exclaiming that it was 19 o'clock over in Florida, and they'd be late for their FastPass on Splash Mountain if it were 50 years in the future.