Monday, April 03, 2017

Rediscovered Photos, 1960's

While looking through boxes of previously-scanned slides, I found these two images (undated) that had never been scanned. I don't know if it was just an oversight, or if I thought that they were too boring at the time. The color was fine, so that wasn't why I skipped them. Whatever the case was, I like them now!

I'm guessing that this nice couple was brought to the park by their grown up kid (a daughter, I'd wager). Who not go to the Happiest Place on Earth? Of course a photo had to be taken in front of the Mickey floral portrait. Bonus points for the yellow passenger cars of the Disneyland Railroad in the background, not to mention the Kalamazoo Hand Car.

We can just see that it is around 10:20 - the park probably opened at 10 o'clock, so there was plenty of time to do everything.

I'll bet those two were childhood sweethearts! They hadn't gone very far before it was time for another portrait, this time in Town Square. There's lots of fun details, the popcorn wagon, the cannon, the Streetcar, and even the distinctive white metal chairs from the Hills Bros. Coffee House. 


TokyoMagic! said...

Is that the Munsingwear Penguin on the gentleman's shirt? And how could that lady's feet not hurt her at the end of the day, after walking around Disneyland in those shoes! And his shoes don't look too comfortable either! I know, I know, again with the shoes!

K. Martinez said...

Look at that teeny-tiny stroller. How on earth did they get through the day at Disneyland without the super-size model. Thanks, Major.

Alonzo P Hawk said...

The second photo is full of people watching goodness. To think a man lighting a smoke within 50 feet of a small child(his own and stroller girl). Today he would be escorted to the Disney jail and given a lifetime park ban for child endangerment. Then a search warrant would be issued(for his home)to see if he's using too much water for watering or washing his car. Harumph!

Glad you gave these a second look Major. Thanks.

DrGoat said...

Reminds me of Daisy Duck shoes. Nice shot of the railway handcar. The ole Kalamazoo as some called it.

Major Pepperidge said...

TokyoMagic!, this entire blog is brought to you by Munsingwear, ever since Tareyton cigarettes ("I'd rather fight than switch") ended their sponsorship. Look at the smiles on that couple's faces, their shoes are super comfy!

K. Martinez, children were only about 9 inches tall back in the 1960's.

Alonzo P Hawk, this was before people realized that second hand smoke made children tough and gave them Brooklyn accents. It truly was the dark ages.

DrGoat, I call all sorts of things "The ole Kalamazoo", and somehow everyone always knows what I'm talking about. "Well, time to take the ole Kalamazoo for a walk!". See?

Anonymous said...

Yes, I believe these two were childhood sweethearts, looking at them now makes me happy. I hope they were always happy.

@Nanook, good call on the penguin. I remember my Dad having shirts like that, and the word "Munsingwear", but had forgotten the connection, if I ever knew it. Now I know what a Munsing would wear, what every Munsing should wear.

I'll bet that the second photo resulted from having a look around Town Square and being amazed that it looked familiar, probably like a town where they grew up or spent their youth waiting for horse-drawn streetcars.

Also spied in photo 02, folks enjoying coffee at the Hills Brothers Coffee Garden, which is behind the photographer. Wish I were there.

Thank you, Major.


Nanook said...

@ JG-

I think things are getting too 'cushy' for me. I was thinking about leaving a comment last night, but sleep sounded like the better choice. But lo and behold, I was still able to channel my thoughts through TM! about that shirt. Pretty soon I'll be able to channel my thoughts through The Major. Look out-!

Anonymous said...

@Nanook & TM, LOL, sorry.

TM's comment sounded, in my pre-caffeine haze, exactly like something that Nanook would say. You're right, we are starting to predict each others' thoughts. Part of the joy of GDB.


Eduardo said...

The guy in the shorts with the stroller in something of an anomaly - grown men simply did not wear shorts back then, and by grown I mean past high school age. Boys wore shorts, men wore pants. Regarding shoes, only kids wore sneakers (Keds, Red Ball Jets or PF flyers) back then. A few women may have worn sandals but both sexes almost always wore "normal" shoes at all times, even at leisure. Meaning leather, meaning lots of sore, sweaty feet at the end of the days. Hmmm...maybe a few things have gotten better with time.