Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Here are two more from a small set of glass-mounted slides. These aren't the most exciting images in the world, but their age helps a lot!
The Dance Circle was always a popular draw back in those days - children seemed especially fascinated by the show. Here's a hoop dancers; according to Wikipedia (the source of all knowledge), "North American Hoop Dance is a storytelling dance incorporating anywhere from one to 30 hoops, which are used to create both static and dynamic shapes, or formations, representing various animals, symbols, and storytelling elements. It is generally performed by a solo dancer with many hoops." This fellow was probably just getting warmed up.
Tom Sawyer Island was newly-opened in '56. The necessity of taking a raft to get there didn't hinder its popularity - if anything it made the place more interesting because you couldn't just saunter over to it. While it has suffered some unfortunate changes in recent years, it is still a fun place to visit.