Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Here's an odd assortment of vintage snapshots from the 1970's. There's a theme (besides being snapshots), "posters and signs". In fact, I consider this my doctoral thesis.
Poster (noun) - a large printed picture used for decoration or as a means of conveying information for the purposes of advertising or propaganda.
Yep, that about covers it! This photo shows a series of Disneyland attraction posters; I'm not entirely sure where this covered area was located - was this someplace inside the park, or was it out in the parking lot? Not sure. Anyway, you can see the wonderful posters for Tom Sawyer Island, Swiss Family Treehouse, Adventure Thru Inner Space, Jungle River Cruise, and Primeval World. Nice!
Speaking of Adventure Thru Inner Space, thar she blows. Here's the exterior sign, as seen from the Peoplemover. I LOVED this attraction, in all of its trippy, imaginative glory. The sign itself is a lesson in simplicity, with no playful hint of what was inside. Come on, at least an atom? Please?
United Air Lines was the sponsor of Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room from its debut in 1963 through 1976, when Dole took over. Even now, when I hear the name "United Air Lines" a part of my brain thinks of the Tiki Room. I'm sure that hand-carved wooden sign was, in fact, sturdy fiberglass, skillfully painted by the Disneyland sign makers.