Thursday, August 22, 2013
Today we're continuing a look at some early slides from Florida's Magic Kingdom. They're not all great, but hopefully together they add up to something significant.
Dad looks groovy in his patterned shirt, very similar to the one seen in this Disneyland photo from about 1970. He is trying like hell to look casual. Surprisingly, he's actually hundreds of feet in front of that palm tree, but careful alignment provides that "holding up the leaning tower of Pisa" illusion that we all love so much.
I wish this one was a little bit sharper; the colorful balloons are a nice accent to the Fantasyland view. In the background is a ticket booth; the red awning is the façade for the Mickey Mouse Revue; and the blue awning to our right? I have no idea what that was for. Señor Toad mebbe. Notice that some of the balloon's have malformed ears, likely due to the use of DDT.
I wonder if this photographer was using a cheap Instamatic, since the picture quality is often a bit soft or dark (in other words, crappy). This fuzzy photo looks across the Rivers of America toward Liberty Square. A Keel Boat is at its landing. Any idea what that object floating on the water would be? At first I thought it was a miniature sail boat, but on closer inspection.... I still don't know what the heck it is.
Over in Town Square, the band (I almost called them the Disneyland Band) has arrived. Security guards have established a perimeter, and they have synchronized their Mickey Mouse watches because that's what security guards do. They have licenses to kill as well. Just try them, I dare you! Presumably it's time for the flag-lowering ceremony, though it appears as if there is plenty of sunlight left.