Monday, June 24, 2013

More Personal Viewmasters

Today I am sharing the last of the Disneyland views from some vintage personal Viewmaster reels. There's nothing extraordinary, but I'm still happy to be able to show them.

Hans and Fritz have reached the summit of the Matterhorn, but only after two of their party were eaten by the yeti. Still, it was worth it for the view of Anaheim.

Speaking of views of Anaheim, here is one. Nothin' much to see, really. No leaning tower, no Arc de Triumph... but there is a placid lagoon and a few submarines, and you don't see those every day.

And finally, here is one that was almost rejected, but it has a certain "je ne sais quoi". It is mostly dark and mysterious, with a few identifiable silhouettes. The furled sails of the Columbia, and a part of the Mark Twain, and a few noggins.


Pegleg Pete said...

That last photo is strangely atmospheric and evocative. I for one am glad you didn't reject it!

Tom said...

Dark and Mysterious are my favorite kinds of photos! I too am very glad you kept that last picture in there.

Hans left this entry in his journal about that fateful climb: "They tried reasoning with the abominable snowman, yeti ate them anyway."

K. Martinez said...

I like the first pic for the mountain climbers and colors on the Skyway's aluminum tumbler cups.

Oddly the last pic is my favorite. There's just something about it. Thanks for posting it.

Nancy said...

I like all three of these, but best of all for me is the last photo, too well.

This is my favorite time in the park, when there is still daylight in the sky but dark enough for the park lights to be pretty!

Great start for a Monday morning! :-)

Major Pepperidge said...

Pegleg Pete, in that case I am glad I included it!

Tom, yetis are known to be attracted to little red hats, so the climbers were doomed from the start.

K. Martinez, you can't see much in the last pic, maybe that somehow makes it more intriguing?

Nancy, wow, the last photo gets the blue ribbon, who knew. Not me obviously!

Raimundo said...

The lagoon shot hits the spot; and Anaheim looked like a wilderness back then.

Major, many thanks for the previous post on the MGM backlot; and yes, more please! I walked onto the wide-open lot in its last stages of demolition; all that remained was the New York section. The mood was both nostalgic and wonderfully eerie, part Twilight Zone and part "Carnival of Souls". L.A. did have its romantic ruins, in the shape of derelict backlots and amusement parks(like P.O.P.). And I agree with Nanook, the Steven Bingen book on the backlot is terrific and should be on the shelf next to "Disneyland:The Nickel Tour" and "Knott's Preserved".