Thursday, September 28, 2017

Rejects... UNREJECTED!

Here are some more previously-rejected (for one reason or another) slides that I have now deemed to be suitable for viewing by the general public. Both of today's examples were (you guessed it) a shade of magenta that I was unable to deal with years ago. But things have changed!

Let's start with this lovely shot of Rainbow Ridge (as seen from the Mark Twain), circa 1956. The "Rainbow Caverns Mine Train" did not open until July 2, 1956, so it was all brand-new at this point; the plants on that raw hillside to our left would soon be lush and green. I was pleased with the way the blues were restored, especially that sky.  And it's nice to see that corner of Frontierland bustling with lots of guests.

The guests do not appear to be dressed for hot summer weather, so perhaps this is later in the year - say November or thereabouts. The benches to our right are full of people relaxing and watching the mine trains as they cycle past the loading platform.

There's the Pack Mules! Notice the girl with the white Mickey Mouse Club shirt.

Here's another magenta slide, restored to the best of my abilities. Dad is blazing a fashion trail by wearing a hoodie. Meanwhile, Mom wears a more traditional souvenir hat, and Junior admires his "Zorro" hat. These folks are dining at the Plaza Pavillion; we can just see the new Carnation Plaza Gardens in the distance.


Nanook said...


The Rainbow Caverns Mine Train - all shiny and brand new. Who wouldn't want to be THERE-?? And to prove my point from Tuesday - there is plenty of red in those wardrobes-!

And the 'Dad' in the final photo is actually on the fashion 'cutting edge' with his socks-! I wonder what the pattern is-??

Thanks, Major.

TokyoMagic! said...

In the first pic, is that a little cemetery up there on the hill (to the left of the church)? I don't remember seeing that before.

The couple in the Plaza Pavilion pic look maybe they were having an argument or a very serious talk. The man appears to be "fidgeting" with the salt or pepper shaker like he is just waiting for the conversation to end. Even junior looks a little agitated.

Chuck said...

Sharp eye, TH!

This reminds me of a recent post at Long Forgotten about the three graveyards (all sadly gone) that used to on Tom Sawyer Island.

We can add another cemetery to the list we made a few years ago. And now looking at the photo that the Major linked in one of his comments on that blog entry, I can't believe I missed it before.

With information in today's photo and HBG2's recent post, here's an updated catalog of the Disneyland cemeteries since 1955:

1) Outside Haunted Mansion (3, if you count the pet, wall crypts and the little pet cemetery behind the old handicap entry).
2) Inside Haunted Mansion
3) Behind Fort Wilderness on Tom Sawyer Island
4) Storybook Land
5) Frontierland Shooting Gallery
6) Submarine Voyage - graveyard of lost ships.
7) Indian burial ground, along the Rivers of America
8) America Sings
9) Taj Mahal in it's a small world
9) Indian burial ground, Indian Village
10) The short-lived, two-headstone plot along the western side of Tom Sawyer Island
11) Rainbow Ridge

K. Martinez said...

The Rainbow Ridge photo is a gem. Here, before all the trees would fill in, you can see a lot of details which would later be covered by the foliage like that cemetery that TokyoMagic! pointed out up on the hill. I really like the unobstructed view of the tunnel that leads to the Mine Train's adventures beyond the loading station. Also, the coloring on this photo is real nice. What a beauty.

Nice photo of the family dining at the "The Pavillion". Are those Carnation milk cartons, fries and a burger wrapper I see on their table? I guess it's true that Disneyland didn't have much variety in their food line up in those early days.

I surely hope you un-reject more of your photos. I can only imagine what other photographic treasures you have yet to share. Thanks, Major.

DrGoat said...

I agree, you did a great job with these. They are fantastic. That's a nice view of the little house up to the left of the Rainbow Ridge Hotel that I always thought should be my place. Didn't know the Taj Mahal had a cemetery. Is it still there?

Anonymous said...

Major, these are really great, there's no way we would see the cemetery except when the plantings were new.

Tokyo's comment makes me think that building might have been intended to be a church. I know we have thought it might have been a school too. Maybe it's deliberately ambiguous.

Chuck, quite a list of funereal sites. Hard to believe there were so many. Were there any pyramids in IASW? They should qualify if the Taj Mahal does. I guess we can't count the zebra in the Jungle Cruise.

Dr. Goat, I agree, I would live in that little cabin, but would be like Alice, with my feet out the door and arms out the windows. I think Chuck is including the IASW Taj Mahal since the real building is the tomb of a Mughal ruler, and thus a kind of cemetery.

Great post today, thank you!


Major Pepperidge said...

Nanook, I seem to remember a brief time when red coats for ladies became sort of a thing again, maybe 10 years ago or so. Mostly because my sister suddenly seemed to want red EVERYTHING. But it didn’t stick, and as you noted, you just don’t see that much of that color these days.

TokyoMagic!, tiny little people are buried up there. “Darby O’Gill” extras. Maybe the man at the Plaza Pavilion just told the woman that he prefers his mother’s cooking?

Chuck, wow, so much death in Disneyland. I feel like the “Graveyard of lost ships” is iffy, but that’s just me. What is the difference between # 7 on your list and #9? I can only think of the dead body on the raised platform, is there another Indian burial ground?

K. Martinez, yes, I was very happy with that photo once I fixed the color. Even the clarity is pretty decent. Now I need to go through other boxes to see if I can find other slides to rescue. I doubt that visitors expected much more than burgers and french fries back in those days… standard amusement park food.

DrGoat, thanks! The Taj Mahal is technically a giant mausoleum! It’s just a particularly spectacular mausoleum.

Melissa said...

Maj, that's a beautiful job with the color correction! The way those rich reds and crisp blues stand out against the brown backgrounds is really striking.

Nanook, I was struck by Father Hood’s snazzy socks, too! That cheerful pattern down below doesn't match his serious expression and dull choice of outerwear. He is clearly a man of many contrasts.

Can you imagine a Disney counter service restaurant trusting you with your own whole bottle of ketchup nowadays? And that *does* look like a whole, uneaten order of fries, pushed away from everybody. There are a thousand words somewhere in that picture.

I used to run home from school to watch in the version of Zorro that was on The Family Channel starting in 1990. (The network would later be bought by Disney, but at that time was owned by the Christian Broadcasting Network.) The theme song still gets stuck in my head sometimes.

Nanook said...

@ Major-

As a part of my 'wardrobe', I have several items that are very-much red - from jackets (some reversible) to shirts - almost all vintage, of course. And being 'up here' in Seattle, where black is still "de rigueur", it definitely stands-out. (Somehow the fashion rule for gals from back in the day - "Basic black and a string of pearls - a girl can't go wrong", didn't quite transition forward).

@ Ken-

Yes, yes, and yes-! I'd know that Carnation logo anywhere. And it seems pretty likely a hamburger, of some sort, is lurking beneath that yellow-ish wrapper.

@ Melissa-

I'm thinking 'Dad's' sullen expression is the result of worry over a possible 'up charge' for having an entire bottle of ketchup all their own. (Is that ketchup from Hunt's-? in which case that would be 'catsup' - at least back then - the name/spelling of which has always bothered me). The name conjures-up images of our little feline friends somehow involved in [at least], the production of the red stuff.

Chuck said...

Major, the confusion is understandable, but there were two representations of essentially the same thing.

#7 is the well-remembered Indian Burial Ground on TSI.

#9 was a representation of the same thing that was actually inside the old Indian Village.

HBG2 also noted there's another representation of a graveyard inside the HM on the stretching portrait of the widow.