Monday, March 20, 2017
I just scanned a batch of slides from October, 1961, and was especially taken with this beautiful photo showing the entrance to Tomorrowland. It looks so clean and lovely, and there's something about the design that makes one want to go in.
We've got the Monsanto House of Chemistry to our right, the Clock of the World in the middle, and America the Beautiful to our left. Look at all those sweet attraction posters! In fact, look at the one to the extreme right. Here, I'll zoom in a bit...
Notice that the actual Moonliner no longer sports its TWA moniker, since that company had ended its sponsorship of the attraction some time in 1961. The Disney folks altered the attraction poster, covering the printed "TWA" with a red/pink stripe. Don't give those jerks any free advertising!
All of this reminded me of another scan of the entrance to Tomorrowland that I had shared way back in 2010, this time from a slide date-stamped "April 1962". Clearly, somebody decided that the additional pink stripe looked weird.
As you can see, it almost looks like someone went in with a bottle of whiteout - even in this blurry enlargement you can see a smudged area where the new stripe used to be.
Maybe this is only interesting to poster nerds like me?
As you probably know, McDonnell Douglas took over sponsorship of the Rocket to the Moon attraction sometime in 1962, and the paint scheme of the Moonliner was completely altered.