Thursday, November 14, 2019

"A Visit to Disneyland", 1963 (Part 3)

Today I'm sharing the third and final installment of scans of a small children's book from 1963, "A Visit to Disneyland". 

That photo of Snow White with the Dwarfs and the balloon seller has appeared on everything from magazine covers to bubblegum cards - I can see why, it is pretty cute. On the facing page, the Carrousel always makes for a good photo opportunity. I was impressed to see that they even spelled "carrousel" with two r's!

There are two ways to view the charming miniatures of Storybook Land; the canal boats, and little Casey Jr. If both were hanging from a cliff and I could only save one, I would have a very tough time choosing!

Oh boy, Tomorrowland! Sometimes I feel as if the photos selected for this book were not necessarily examples that would excite young children - I love the shot of the entry to Tomorrowland, but wouldn't a picture of a kid on a Flying Saucer be better?

Spinning rides like the Astro Jets (or is it "Astrojets"?) probably looked like fun to a kid; The book gets -10 points for depicting Fantasyland's Midget Autopia as the actual Autopia! The emotional damage has been done and I will spend the rest of the day weeping uncontrollably.

We leave Disneyland for now, but not before enjoying a look at what might have been all of the costumed characters that they had in the early 60s, posed around Mickey Mouse's floral portrait.

Perhaps this book got you interested in reading (admit it, you watch too many cartoons); you might want to try another Whitman BIG Tell-a-Tale volume, such as "The Little Boy From Shickshinny", or "Tom Tucker and Dickie-Bird". Soon to be major motion pictures!

I hope you have enjoyed "A Visit to Disneyland"!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Previously Rejected

Here are two scans of slides that should have been featured on GDB years ago, but I omitted them for one reason or another - it's likely that I thought they were not interesting at the time. That's right, it's more "UNREJECTED" slides, even though I just did the same thing two days ago.

Here's a pretty, colorful shot along the riverfront - it's surprising what a difference bright sunshine makes for what might otherwise be a truly dull image. The Columbia seems to spend at least half of its existence at rest in Fowler's Harbor... does it require that much maintenance? The sails are partially unfurled, which is always nice. A raft scoots across the water to a landing on Tom Sawyer Island. The cupola of the Haunted Mansion is just visible through the branches of that magnolia tree.

Zooming in a bit, we can see that ladies' skirts were getting pretty short! Not that I'm complaining. I like the signs hanging from that wrought-iron post, including the new Bear Country. Looks like there's some Navy boys to our left.

And here's a lovely shot of the Matterhorn (from 1970), with the Plaza Inn's yellow and white-striped umbrellas, some Tomorrowland palms, and just general loveliness.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Rivers of America, October 1999

There are few things in this world that Mr. X loved more than the Rivers of America, back when the trees were big and lush and blocked out much of the rest of the park, so that one could pretend to be far from civilization. 20 years ago he took a series of photos that I will share today.

It seems almost like pure luck that he took these images featuring the north end of the River - an area that was drastically changed during the construction of "Galaxy's Edge". Past the dangerous rocks you can see the "Storyteller" scene.

Amusement park? Where? Maybe this was just a family's vacation photos of their canoe trip in Tennessee. Maybe the Mine Train tracks to the right would arouse suspicion, though.

Man, there sure are a lot of canoes today. It's like the 405 freeway (the funnest freeway of all) at rush hour.

Say, there's an Indian Village up ahead... I sure hope they're friendly.

Here's one last look at the River and all of those glorious trees!

Many thanks to Mr. X for sharing these photos.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Rejects... UNREJECTED!

Howsabout some previously-rejected slide scans? It's what all the kids are into. That and Lady Gaga. (How sad is it that Johnny Carson never got to do an Amazing Carnac joke about Lady Gaga?).

Let's begin with this photo of the entrance as seen from the parking lot, from a slide dated "7-12-58". What do those numbers mean? NOBODY KNOWS. The photo was snapped from inside a vehicle - whoever had the camera was excited to see Main Street Station. We get a bonus tram (or two), and the train station is bedecked in 4th of July bunting, and the C.K. Holliday is stopped at the station.

Also from 7-12-1958 is this photo from the deck of the Columbia. The photographer must have been standing on the shoulders of his wife to get this giraffe's-eye view. Keel haul the binnacle! Strike the grog!

Congratulations, rejected scans, you are now accepted.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Busy Day, September 1960

Yikes, I discovered a few scheduling errors when reviewing my list of drafts, and found that I didn't have anything for three days in a row, including today! I've moved a few things around, and also made a few "quick and dirty" posts so that there aren't any weird gaps.

Here's a typical photo taken in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle - you should have every detail memorized by now. QUICK: How many pointy towers are on the castle? I have no idea, and I have no intention of counting them now.

This 1960 view has nice color and energy; you may remember the leggy gal sitting behind the wheel of the Horseless Carriage! The driver let her sit there for just a moment, even though it breaks all international laws.

I love this shot of the busy Plaza/Hub area. So many people! And yet... not uncomfortably crowded. Blondie enjoys a drink of cool water, with no C&H sugar bag in her way for once (where do those things come from, anyway?). You can just see the House of the Future, hidden behind an orange tree loaded with fruit.

Saturday, November 09, 2019

Roaring Camp, 1969

Today I have seven fun photos from the "Roaring Camp and Big Trees Narrow Gauge Railroad" in Felton, California (in Santa Cruz County, K. Martinez!). These are from two different 1969 batches.

Wikipedia sez: Roaring Camp Railroads operations began in 1963 under the guidance of F. Norman Clark (1935–1985), who was the founder and owner. His purpose was to keep a family tradition of constructing railroads and to "bring the romance and color of steam railroading back to America".

Ah, the old general store. I hope they have Beemans gum (even though I am not an official bee man). The Roaring Camp railroad is a 3 ft (914 mm) narrow-gauge tourist railroad…that starts from the Roaring Camp depot in Felton, California and runs up steep grades through redwood forests to the top of nearby Bear Mountain, a distance of 3.25 miles.

It sure looks like a beautiful place; I wonder if Walt Disney ever visited? He would have been able to in the earliest years.

The Big Trees Ranch was bought in 1867 by San Francisco businessman Joseph Warren Welch to preserve the giant redwood trees from logging. It was the first property in the state acquired specifically for that purpose. In 1930, the Welch family sold part of the property to Santa Cruz County, which eventually became part of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

Sorry folks, the next train won't  be along for six hours. The Roaring Camp RR has five or six operable train engines in various states of repair, I presume that they would run a couple of them on a busy day. Or maybe not? If any of you have visited this place, please let us know your experience!

There were no good photos of the locomotives, unfortunately; comparing the previous image and the photo below (also from Wikipedia), I'm guessing that old #2, the Tuolumne (a 2 truck Heisler built in 1899) is what was hauling the rolling stock that day. But I could be wrong!

Hooray for hayrides! A lucky gal got to ride up top with the driver, while those other poor schlubs had to sit in the wagon like chumps. Still, it's something to do while waiting for the next train.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit to The Roaring Camp and Big Trees Railroad!

Friday, November 08, 2019

Two From 1959

I had to put together another "last second" post, after discovering that I had somehow skipped a few days in my "drafts" folder. So today's post is sort of random, and yet not random, since these are both from 1959.

OR ARE THEY? This first one is date-stamped "January, 1959", and yet there is no evidence of construction for the massive additions of the Matterhorn, the Submarine Voyage, and the Monorail. So it's safe to say that this was actually taken sometime in 1958, and the film roll sat in a drawer (or the camera) for a few months before it was taken to Henry's Camera and Photo Finishing over on Third and Primrose.

Regardless of the date, this is a beautiful photo of the Clock of the World on a clear, sunny day. 

Well, shoot - Circarama is closed. Our boys in uniform are undaunted, though!

This one is from a different lot, but it also claims to be from January, 1959. Who knows! It's a swell photo of the motorized Firetruck. I can't tell if those are three young girls, or if one of them (red top) is the mother. Maybe they're wondering if their stroller will be there when they get back.

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Tomorrowland Stuff, July 1972

I think I only have two more photos from Fun Dad after today (and I'm saving one of those for a special occasion), so it's almost time to say "au revoir" to the man who has provided so many wonderful Disneyland photos from the late 1960's into the early 1970's. Nothing lasts forever!

First up is this nice view from the top level of the Carousel of Progress building - we've seen similar images before, but this is a good one. As I've mentioned in the past, we get the interesting perspective of being above the Skyway. You can see the Rollie Crump-designed Tomorrowland ticket booth, and many of the "usual suspects".

And speaking of interesting perspectives...! Well, "different" anyway - here's a side view of the famous Tomorrowland Terrace stage; if you look at THIS POST from February of 2018, you can see that the band is "The Better Half". The Peoplemover and Skyway sneak in for special guest appearances!

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Great 1958 Photos From Lou and Sue

Sue B. sent me some scans of 1958 snapshots taken by Lou (her father); they had turned very pink, to the point that I couldn't restore them back to color. But they are so nice that they are worth a look, even when converted to black and white!

Let's begin with this shot of the Disneyland Hotel Tram arriving near the front gate. The lady at the very back can hardly contain her excitement.

Ken-L-Land, a place just for pets! They have the best rides too, but there's no point in talking about them. Only dogs and cats (and the occasional bunny) are allowed. How many other amusement parks provided facilities so that a family's pet could be taken care of during the day?

There are the little, original ticket booths; did they at least have fans, or did the CMs inside have to deal on a hot day? The curb has been well-scraped by plenty of cars over the past 3 years.

This next one is my favorite (and I think Melissa will like it too)! A ticket booth especially for "Mothers of Twins"? What a kooky idea, and yet... there's a line! Two be-striped little girls (probably chewing Doublemint Gum) are proof enough for me. What if the twins happened to be fraternal rather than identical? "Get outta here, you bums, or I'll call the cops!" (throws a shoe). Notice the sign for the new Grand Canyon Diorama over the tunnel to Town Square.

Lou took this nice photo of Main Street Station with some fabulous posters! "Art Corner", "Frontierland", "20,000 Leagues", and "Main Street" (with a sliver of a "Peter Pan" poster). After all these years I still love those graphics as much as ever. Maybe more!

And, for the sixth photo, we're finally standing in Town Square. It looks so great.

A big thank you as always to Lou and Sue. There are LOTS of photos to come from them!

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Frontierland 1978 Selection

It's time for another collection of vintage Frontierland scans from the Mysterious Benefactor! All of these are from 1978.

Here's an interesting view from "Walt's balcony" according to the file name; this was years before the Disney Gallery allowed mere mortals to get this same perspective. It's cool to see the Gullywhumper and the Bertha Mae on the river together. Like John Lennon and Paul McCartney playing guitar together after the Beatles broke up! Yes, just like that. The strange layered gradations in the upper left are a mystery to me.

I love that pontoon bridge (but do I love it more than the suspension bridge?). Folks are crossing in an orderly manner, except for that rambunctious kid in to the left - he is going straight to Disney jail! The Mark Twain is heading straight for us, ramming speed. What is that thing on the shore to our right? A billboard for Burma Shave?

Ah, beautiful Tom Sawyer Island, pre-Fantasmic. Audio-Animatronic flowers line the shore; there's more raft and Mark Twain action in the distance.

Smart guests remembered to bring a bag of dried corn with them; Disneyland CMs were always happy to grind it into meal for corn muffins, johnnycakes, or (my favorite) corn gruel.

How's this for a beautiful sight? It appears that riders are de-planing from the Mark Twain, but I would be in line for the next evening voyage around the Rivers of America - one of my all-time favorite experiences at Disneyland.

Thank you, Mysterious Benefactor!

Monday, November 04, 2019

View From Tomorrowland Train Station, May 1961

I'm kind of surprised that I don't have a ton of photos taken from the Disneyland Railroad; guests were able to sit in comfort as the train took them on the Grand Circle Tour, with the whole park right in front of them (on those side-facing cars, at least). Just snap away. But, unlike the Skyway, folks didn't seem to have their cameras glued to their faces.

This first one is the most "postcard worthy" (though that metal light pole to the right kind of ruins it). You get a great view of the Matterhorn, with the Autopia to our right (which appears to be closed?). Notice the bit of scaffolding on the right side of the Matterhorn; they were already having problems with abominable snowman infestations.

This next one was taken after the train traveled only a few feet, giving us a view of the Skyway terminal. I always like views with the gondolas getting ever-smaller in the distance. The yellow gondola to the left... why is that hanging there?? 

It occurred to me that these photos might be good candidates for merging, so I gave it a try.

As "Hannibal" Smith (of "The A-Team") said, "I love it when a plan comes together"! This merged photo came out great; it reminds me of the old panorama postcards that were sold at the park in the 1950's. I decided to post it a little large than usual for your viewing enjoyment.

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Photos of "not much", June 1970

It's time to use up some scans; are they from Disneyland, or Dullsville? 

Crossing the bridge of the castle moat, our photographer glanced to his right and snapped this photo of nothing in particular. Admittedly it's a pretty good look at moat water, which has an additional hydrogen atom or something. Much of the area to the east of the castle looks very pretty, with trees, curving lawns, and beds of bright flowers.

I wonder what time this photo was taken? The long shadows tell us that it's morning, but where is everybody? The Matterhorn looks especially etherial through the haze (smog), and somehow seems craggier than ever.

Saturday, November 02, 2019

Random Scans

Today I thought I'd use up some random slide scans that have been sitting in folders for a long time - I never found a reason to share them before. So... why not just present them, with no theme?

First up is this 1960 photo of the "ROC" cinema and theater. Where? Well, the word "Gaspe" was written on the cardboard mount; there is a city of Gaspé in Quebec, Canada - it's about 150 miles northeast of the tip of Maine. That must be the place! I can find no record of the "ROC" cinema, but it wouldn't surprise me if one of you can. Meanwhile, the car in the foreground is pretty sweet, whatever it may be.

In 1955, the Soo Locks (part of the Erie Canal, pal) celebrated their centennial with an exposition. As one does. It's not the sharpest photo I've ever seen, but I liked the old locomotive and caboose on display... the D.S.S & A (Duluth South Shore & Atlantic) #3. I guess I need some electrolytes or something, because I couldn't find anything online about this specific locomotive. I cried a lot, let me tell you.

And finally, here's a random photo of a department store in 1965 - location unknown. Ladies, they be shoppin'. I think I see Peggy Olson. Even though there is nothing very distinctive to go on, it would be cool if somebody recognized the store.

I hope you have enjoyed today random scans.