Friday, September 09, 2016
Here are two more beautiful vintage Skyway photos (plus one zoom), circa 19 fitty-six.
Man, do I love this first view! We're on our way from Tomorrowland to Fantasyland - there's the Yacht Bar, with "Tomorrowland Lake" (home of the Phantom Boats) to the right. That unimpressive hillock is Holiday Hill (or Snow Hill or whatever) looking very raw, with none of the landscaping that it would receive eventually. There's that Skyway tower on the hill - even after all these years, it is strange to not have the Matterhorn there!
In the distance (to the right) you can see the Richfield Eagle that graced the Fantasyland Autopia, and the Pirate Ship is there as well.
I wanted to zoom in on that funky area down below, with the loops of turquoise metal, the nautical flags, the olive-and-toothpick lights, and other mid-century weirdness.
Next is this dream-like photo of the TWA Moonliner, pictured with its less-regal cousin, the lovable Astro Jets ("Astro Jets" is a cooler name than "Moonliner"!). While Southern California was certainly plagued with particularly nasty smog in the 50's, 60's and 70's, I am guessing that we are seeing seasonal haze, with a pinch of carbon monoxide for flavor!