Friday, December 04, 2015

Richfield Autopia, July 1958

I have two extra-nice beauties for you today!

Let's walk all the way to the back of Tomorrowland. The Skyway terminal is to our right, but I am interested in this "Autopia" that I have heard so much about. It sounds like a hoot. 

I absolutely love this shot of the entrance to the Tomorrowland Autopia - sponsored by Richfield, of course! The "three C's" are in evidence here - Color, Clarity, and Composition. The blues and yellows are so nice you can practically taste them. Synesthesia, anyone? Beyond the modern, minimalist structure we can see rolling green hills - all manmade, of course.


Even the guests look relatively spiffy!


Next is this fantastic photograph of the Richfield Eagle. His beady red eye is giving me the willies. 



8 comments:

K. Martinez said...

WOW!!! The Richfield Eagle photo is the winner of the year. What a beauty in subject, composition, color and clarity. And rarity too! Thanks, Major.

Chuck said...

I agree with Ken - that one's simply gorgeous!

Did anyone preserve that eagle after Richfieled was bought out?

DrGoat said...

I was 8 yrs. old in '58 and my second trip to the park.
One of my favorite rides, apart from every other ride.

Alonzo P Hawk said...

This is my favorite Autopia facade/entry but alas I was too young to see it in person. These are awesome shots today, kudos to the Major. *Insert hand clap here*, thanks for posting.

Monkey Cage Kurt said...

I had to look up “Synesthesia”, not sure I yet understand it, but I think it has something to do with why I keep showing up at this blog every day.

I like that Richfield Eagle. I don’t remember it as a kid though. It adds a nice dynamic to the overall look of vintage Tomorrowland. They should bring it back. It is indeed a nice photo also, it’s just SO darn clear, almost looks 35MM.

Patrick Devlin said...

Are those clam-diggers with the red t-shirt in the close-up? And flip-flops, too! We all got clam-diggers one Summer not long after this photo was taken. Memory is a funny (funny-peculiar not funny-haha) thing, ain't it?

Anonymous said...

Synesthesia, heh.

JG

Major Pepperidge said...

K. Martinez, I still remember when I was going through this lot and thinking “Whoo-hoo”!. There are some other really great ones in this set - one or two might be saved for my tenth anniversary post, we’ll see.

Chuck, he was preserved in formaldehyde.

DrGoat, I think that the Autopia has always been a particular favorite for young boys.

Alonzo, I never saw this façade either, but I love the way it resembles a service station, sort of.

Monkey Cage Kurt, synesthesia is a phenomenon with some people in which they see a color and “hear” a musical note, or taste something and “see” a color - and so on. It’s kooky!

Patrick Devlin, somehow I would think that clam-diggers would become a bigger deal when the Beach Boys and the “beach party” movies became a thing, but that was all four or five years after this. Shows what I know.

JG, it is a 25 cent word!