Sunday, December 28, 2014

Da Subs, August 1961

Oh my gosh, that nuclear submarine is headed right for us! Somebody think of the children. If this was a video, we would hear the screeching of the submarine's brakes (they have brakes, right?). The sub contains two dozen of the happiest warheads on earth - they release the aroma of warm churros, rendering everyone within nose-shot cheerful and hungry.


I suppose this one has some merit as a photograph, but I'm having a hard time coming up with what it would be.


10 comments:

Nanook said...

Major-

Man, o man - that first picture is quite 'the keeper'-! Easily as good as being there. (If only).

Thanks, Major.

K. Martinez said...

The image of the Skipjack (foreground)and Nautilus (background) is nice. I like the angle it was shot at. You've got the sweeping monorail curve over the lagoon with spotlights as well as the Fantasyland Autopia bridges over the Motor Boat Cruise waterways. Thanks, Major.

Chuck said...

Not sure why I'm drawn to it, but the rust stain on the Skipjack adds a nice little touch of "real" to the scene. I'm sure it's real rust from daily operations, but real submarines battle rust themselves on a daily basis. I love Disneyland for its clean, pristine look, but I also love details that make things look more authentic - even if it's unintentional.

Alonzo P Hawk said...

I agree with Nanook. The first shot is a gem. As Bobby Boucher (The Waterboy) would say "That's some high quality H2O".

Like I said once before on a previous sub post. The sight of the Nautilus makes me want to "work out". Quick a shot of the Ethan Allen so I can retreat back to the couch. Thanks for posting Major, beauty shots today.

K. Martinez said...

Chuck - I also noticed the rust stain and thought it looked cool. I also liked the rivets and beacon light on the Skipjack. Both images today have a nice dimensional feel perfect for a ViewMaster experience.

Nanook said...

Almost forgot-

The Richfield Eagle, popping part of its beak and wings above the monorail beamway.

Patrick Devlin said...

That vent visible in the second picture stirred a specific memory: In one of the Disney News issues from about 1965 there was a "So You Think You Know Disneyland" contest. It consisted of about 12 extreme close-ups of items around the park. I can remember one of the pictures that was difficult for me was the close-up of one of those very vents! Memory's a funny thing...

Major Pepperidge said...

Nanook, I'm glad you think that first one is a keeper… I guess I am just getting jaded!!

K. Martinez, it does seem weird to me that the sub is heading straight toward us, being so close to the dock. But I suppose space was limited and they had to take some tight turns. It all worked out!

Chuck, I am guessing that the rust is genuine; water and lots of chlorine can't be good for metal things, as a rule. I think they should have built the subs out of solid gold…. no more corrosion worries! And Elvis would have approved.

Alonzo, does the sight of the George Washington make you want to chop down a cherry tree??

K. Martinez, have you ever noticed how the WDW subs appear to be the same as the Disneyland subs, only with some cool decorations added?

Nanook, typical me, I first read "popping" as "pooping".

Patrick Devlin, oh, I wonder if I have that issue. Would that be the first one (with Walt on the cover)? I just acquired a nice copy of it. I'll have to check!

Patrick Devlin said...

Well, Major, I'm just guessing at that date for the Disney News issue. For all my memory is worth it could anytime in the sixties. Now that I think about it I should ask my brother if he still has his old copies, inasmuch as he was the type to hold onto all things Disney.

Patrick Devlin said...

Oh, I am such a big Disney geek! Major, there are currently a few DisneyNews issues available on eBay. One of them lists the winners of the contest from the Spring 1966 issue. It's the issue with Bear Creek and its trestle on the cover.