Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Rescans, Continued

Scans; rescans. It's pretty simple!

Here's a view of Tomorrowland's Skyway station (circa 1957), along with the Space Bar and the load area for the Richfield Autopia. This one was originally posted back in 2007, and looks pretty awful.


This is quite and improvement! I never tire of early photos of Tomorrowland, and now this one is a real beauty.


This next one was taken just past the entry into Tomorrowland; it is also from 1957, and was originally posted in 2007. It's not great.


This is better; looking at it now, I feel like I could do a bit more to improve it, but at least it is less murky and a lot clearer. To our right would be the 20,000 Leagues exhibit, with its fearsome giant squid. To the left, the "Satellite View of America", also with a fearsome giant squid. And in the distance, and entirely squid-free Rocket to the Moon.


9 comments:

Nanook said...

Major-

It would appear with each new rescan you have somehow managed to 'clone' missing atoms and added them back into the images-! Have you ever considered plying your trade as a cure for baldness-??

The new-and-improved images are just beautiful, bully beautiful. Thanks, Major.

Kenneth Lane said...

Amazing how much better the colors in the rescans are! Especially since I thought everything was black and white in the 50's...

DrGoat said...

Absolutely beautiful. And look at all that vacant pavement.

Chuck said...

You're right, DrGoat - look at all that empty space at the entrance to Tomorrowland! That'd be the perfect place to put a spinner ride...

Rescan Theater is awesome. Thanks, Major!

Tom said...

I'm glad you don't chuck the original photos but had the foresight to keep them around. Your rescans are always a joy to behold and these are prime examples. Color, balance, saturation - it's all so much better in both of these. Keep them coming!

K. Martinez said...

The scarcity of trees and widen open views are wonderful! I really like the glass and steel curved facades of the white exhibit buildings that make up the Tomorrowland corridor. Those have gone through quite a few changes through the years. I wish I'd gone to Disneyland from the start in 1955 when it was brand new and it's whole future lie ahead. Glad you rescanned these. A huge improvement. Thanks, Major.

Anonymous said...

Amazing what technology today can do with older pictures. The rescans just "pop" with freshness. 1957 doesn't look that long ago now. If only I could crawl into the frames for a while. KS

Sunday Night said...

I wish someone would do a small indoor reproduction of the pole and globes light fixtures seen in these original Tomorrowland photos. To be authentic they should include a place for a repro attraction poster and some fake landscaping at the bottom.

Major Pepperidge said...

Nanook, the secret is negative tachyons!

Kennth Lane, sometimes it really DOES seem like everything was black and white in the 50’s - it can be startling to see a color photo of something that is usually B&W.

DrGoat, I can tell that you think a princess meet ’n greet should be there.

Chuck, why build a spinner ride when you can have the vehicles stand still and surround them with projections?

Tom, I am glad I didn’t chuck them either! There was a time I was considering selling off the old ones, but I never did it.

K. Martinez, I love trees, but when it comes to photos of Disneyland, they block everything. Old Tomorrowland looks so mid-century it has come back in style again.

KS, Just imagine what it would be like to walk around in that place knowing what you know now!

Sunday Night, that’s the sort of project that makes me wish I had the skills (and equipment) to do something like it myself. It doesn’t seem THAT complex, but even so…