Friday, November 13, 2015
A few months ago I bought a series of color negatives (eleven of them) from July 9th, 1979. The photographs were taken by a fellow who flew his small plane around Disneyland and the Disneyland Hotel; they were all snapped within the space of a few minutes, so they are variations of the same scene (in other words, they get a little bit repetitive). The photographer's attention was primarily focused on the hotel, though the park appears in the background in two or three photos.
The negatives were affixed to paper using some sort of adhesive, which resulted in discoloration that required a lot of Photoshop work (more than you might think), and they still look blotchy and weird. But... aerial photos are still fun, so I hope you enjoy these.
Well, there it is, visible through the nasty summer smog... Disneyland! And the Disneyland Hotel, of course. Look at the size of that parking lot! It's nearly twice the area of the amusement park. Housing tracts, small industrial parks, hotels, motels, and some empty parcels of land make up this chunk of Anaheim. The turquoise pool of the hotel stands out in this grungy image.
Since we will get plenty of better views of the hotel, I decided to zoom in on Disneyland itself. I wish the photo was sharper, but there's no point in crying about it (though I am thinking about taking another crack at scanning it again; I've been busy, so it will have to wait). We can see HoJo's, and the Global Van Lines headquarters, and all of the obvious landmarks inside the park that you don't need me to point out.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is mostly a russet blob, but I wanted to point out that the attraction would not open until about two months after this photo was taken. The park has changed a lot in the intervening years, with some major changes to come starting in January.
Stay tuned for more from this series, coming up!