Monday, March 03, 2014
Once again, GDB reader Chuck Hansen has come to the rescue and is sharing some of his personal photos; these date from July 17, 1995… Disneyland's 40th anniversary.
If all streets had balloon arches overhead, there would be no wars. I like how the wind has made them kind of wonky and Seussian. Just think, 40 years earlier, Walt Disney and thousands of other folks were in this very spot for the televised opening ceremonies.
I love the addition of the giant Mickey-shaped balloon; was this only used for a single day? As much as I am a fan of Mickey Mouse (and I really am!), I still would rather see one of those blow-up gorillas (like you see at auto dealerships). For obvious reasons.
Man, look at that crowd! I wish I had one of those birthday hats. Not as a collectible, just because they look so darn spiffy. AIEEEE! A giant Lady and Tramp are atop the Emporium... and they are HUNGRY.
Those red Mickey-shaped barrage balloons prevented attack by low-flying aircraft and V-1 bombs, probably sent by Knott's Berry Farm. And you thought balloons were just for fun (and for inhaling helium).
Thank you, Chuck! We'll have a few more photos from this batch, including some of Chuck and his wife. Then he'll be stopped for his autograph and pestered by paparazzi for months to come.