Monday, February 02, 2015
Months ago, I received an email from GDB reader/commenter Nanook; he had attached a jpeg… an aerial view of Disneyland taken in 1963 (from Wikipedia). Nanook's eagle eye spied a large awning that spanned a portion of Tomorrowland (see it below, circled in pink), and he wondered if I had ever seen any other photos in which that sunshade could be seen. Well, it just so happens that I'd just received some 35mm negatives, and one of them showed a ground view that included that very feature.
The awning doesn't look like much when viewed from straight on, but it's definitely there! It's quite a coincidence that I received this photo only a day or so before Nanook asked his question.
Meanwhile, I confess that this photo has been retouched to a somewhat extreme degree; the negatives in this batch were almost all in horrible shape… the plastic looked as if it had been eaten away by some caustic substance. I've never seen anything like it before! So, to make the picture look better, I quickly painted in a gradient to replace the sky, where the damage was most obvious. It actually looks pretty OK now, though if you examine it closely, you'll see all kinds of weird edges. I was too lazy to spend any more time on it!
Here's the "before" image… ay-yi-yi! What the heck happened?
I only managed to salvage two other photos from the batch, and you'll see those in a future post.
GDB reader Nanook has helpfully reminded me of some photos that I posted long ago (2007!) that give a nice view of the awning. Hey, I can't remember all 8000+ photos, can I??
He has also pointed out that my "1963" date is certainly wrong (I think that the damaged negative was sold to me as being from 1963). Nanook thought it might be from 1965, but reader TokyoMagic's comment below… he thinks it might be from even later than that!