Monday, October 19, 2020

Jungle Cruise, November 1959

It's time for more photos from Lou and Sue! Both are from the Jungle Cruise, circa 1959. 

First is this nice view of the load area for the Jungle Cruise; there's not much of a crowd, so you can ride it two or three times in a row! Baffle your skipper by saying the punchlines to his jokes before he can say them. Actually, 1959 might predate the humorous version of the cruise. There's the famous Phoenix palm that is still there today. On the upper level of the boathouse, you can see some sort of sun shade, probably there to protect the employees who worked up there late in the afternoon.

In this next photo, Lou pivoted to his left so that we can see the frightful masks on those spiky plants (any idea what those are?). The plants along the water's edge look like they've seen better days, maybe they died back a bit in the winter.

THANK YOU to Lou and Sue!

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Two From March, 1963

It's time for more so-so images, for your mid-October Sunday! I know you've been looking forward to it, and even rescheduled your brunch with Cher. She was cool about it.

There are a LOT of photos that have been taken from the Plaza looking toward the Matterhorn; it's not really the best angle on this iconic landmark, but it might be the first time the photographer has gotten a pretty good look at it. We're all so used to it after more than 60 years, but what a sight it must have been back then. 

A bobsled can be seen in that open tunnel, bumping the cromulence of this image by 30%.

Near the base of the Matterhorn is a lagoon full of submarines, just like the real Matterhorn in Switzerland. They need to protect the vital chocolate supplies. There's not a person to be seen, almost as if the ride is closed, but the photo was taken from the queue, so I assume that it was just a fluke that the place looks so deserted.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Around the USA

Back in the good old days, I used to buy lots of random boxes of slides. I had fun going through thousands and thousands of images featuring trips to the Grand Canyon, weddings, graduations, new cars, newborn babies, family get-togethers, and so on. 

This first image is from one of those boxes - it's from August (perhaps it was actually shot on the 4th of July) of 1975, and there's not exactly a parade, although people are sitting on the curb, clearly expecting some kind of spectacle.  And they got one! An antique steam tractor is chugging down the street leaving a cloud of smoke (maybe the tractor was wood-fired?). I did a brief Google search trying to ID the make and model of the tractor, but had no luck (the star device on the front of the boiler was my guide).

I wanted to know where this photo was shot, of course, and the only tangible clue is the sign for the "Ideal Motel" to our left.

More Googlin'! Well, there's was an Ideal Motel in Lodi, Ohio (at 212 Wooster Street). It's gone now, but here's a picture of a sign that was there - it could have easily been updated in the 40-some years since the tractor photo was taken.

Here's a modern-day street view from Google Maps; I'm still undecided about whether this is the same location as photo #1. We've got the smaller building with the peaked roof, set back from the street and next to a two-story building, very much like the first photo. And there's a telephone pole in the right place. The trees are much smaller in the screen grab, but trees come and go. What do you think?

This next photo was from a batch of slides generously given to me by our friend 1937Fan! We've seen many photos of her Great Aunt, most notably from a 1966 trip to Disneyland. This particular slide was my favorite of the bunch, showing the Aunt standing in front of an Indian trading post with a giant tee-pee out front. It's such an awesome photo, evoking family road trips "out west" along Route 66!

I was at a loss for where this photo was taken, but the partial text on the building should be some help. "CHI.... YELLOW..."... and obviously the words "Navajo" and "Indian" to the right.

Then I found this image of a vintage slide online, showing "Chief Yellowhorse" in Arizona. It has an identical rearing stallion above the sign, and sure looks as if it is related to 1937Fan's photo (I feel sorry for the bear...). This one is still in Lupton, Arizona - and what do you know, it is off of historic Route 66 (at 359 Interstate 40).

There's the Lupton location in a modern photo from Wikimedia! Things have changed, but even so, the lack of cliffs in 1937Fan's photo makes me think that there maybe have been more than one "Chief Yellowhorse" trading post. I had no luck finding a photo that looked like that original picture though.

I hope you have enjoyed today's photos around the USA!

Friday, October 16, 2020

Two Nice Randos

I have two unrelated photos for you today, but they're both very nice!

This first one is from August, 1965 - taken in the Plaza, I guess? Maybe Sleeping Beauty Castle would be sort of behind us. I know you'll correct me if I'm wrong. The White Rabbit  is greeting some of his fans - I wonder why he is pointing to himself? Big sis is guiding her little sis, who might be a bit intimidated by this strange creature. (Note to self: I need a big pink ruffled collar for special occasions).

It's fun to see the smiles on the faces of the onlookers. I'm sure it is hot, tiring work to be in one of those character costumes, but it must be at least somewhat rewarding to make so many people truly happy just by posing for a photo or by giving a fuzzy hug.

Next up is this shot from the Disneyland Hotel, hand-dated "September, 1957". During the Hotel's history, it had an actual 18-hole, 3-par golf course, a miniature golf course, a driving range, and this lovely putting green. They were "all in" on golf!  Just beyond the tropical plants you can see a hint of the blue swimming pool, and beyond that, the wonderful mid-century design of the Hotel itself.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Main Street, March 8, 1985

Lou Perry took a whole lot of photos at Disneyland in 1985! Today I have a selection of some of his Main Street pix, shared with us by Sue B! 

In 1973, "Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln" was replaced by "The Walt Disney Story". Most people were happy to see a show honoring Walt, but thought it that removing an attraction that he'd seen as one of his crowning achievements seemed like an odd thing to do. So in 1975 they brought Lincoln back as a sort of hybrid attraction.

City Hall is decked out in patriotic bunting - in March? Maybe it was there as part of Disneyland's 30th Anniversary celebration. Notice the sign for "Lost Parents"!

More patriotic bunting, accompanied by signs featuring portraits of U.S. Presidents, such as President Arnold Palmer, seen here. His mixture of iced tea and lemonade helped to end the Cold War.

Don't let the gray skies get you down! At least it won't be hot. I'd love to go up to that top story of The Emporium and take in the view from one of those round windows. Does anybody know if that area is used for anything? It's nice to see the old Bekins/Global Van Lines building still looking great.

There's Mickey! Looking sharp in his red pants. I've always wondered why he has two buttons on the front of his trousers, but figured it might be "doctor's orders" so I never asked.

There's Ronald Reagan, who of course was part of Disneyland's "Press Preview" day, which aired on ABC. You can watch it on YouTube.

And there's JFK. He visited Disneyland when he was still a Senator, in October of 1959.

President Thomas Edison promised "...a lightbulb in every oven". No wonder he was so popular.

Here's a wonderful view looking north on Main Street, it's always hard to believe that it gets cold at Disneyland, but the lady with the full-length down jacket tells us otherwise. 

President Magic Johnson (it never gets old!) looks down on us reassuringly. I remember voting for him. I wonder if our friend Huck might recognize the sweeper near us?

The long shadows pointing east let us know that it is later in the day - being November, it might be 3 o'clock! People have already found prime spots along the curb to watch an upcoming parade. I think I recognize Harry S Truman on the signpost to our right. There's more folks walking in the street than we used to see in earlier photos.

As always, a big thank you goes out to Lou Perry and Sue B. for sharing these images with us!

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Fantasyland, February 1963

I have two nice Fantasyland images for you today, starting with this fun view of people milling around near Monstro (to our right), and Skull Rock (see the telltale waterfalls to our left). I don't have any other slides quite like this one, so that automatically bumps it up a notch or two. 

I wonder if these folks to our left couldn't find a vacant bench or table to sit at while they enjoyed their cold drinks? Pull up a rock! There's plenty of sweaters and jackets, so it was a cool February day. 

Next is this portrait of a lovely Storybook Land hostess. Her microphone looks like it is WWII surplus. "Pilot to bomb bay!". Nanook will be able to tell us what it is. The Chicken of the Sea mermaid manages to get into the picture - barely.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Pet Cemetery, Haunted Mansion

"I don't want to be buried in a pet cemetery" - The Ramones

Ditto, Ramones, ditto.

I have another batch of photos from the "Dream Team" - that's Irene, Bruce, and James. All of these were taken near the Haunted Mansion, and feature the pet cemeteries - as I learned from this excellent post at the excellent "Long-Forgotten" blog, there were two pet cemeteries. You know my credo - anything worth doing is worth over-doing. 

This first one gives a good idea of where the second cemetery is. It seems a little odd to bury so many dead pets right next to the house (what's that smell?), but it is what it is. HBG2 tells us that these scenes consist of store-bought garden statues of various animals, which were then arranged into graves, sometimes with humorous tableaus.

Who has a pet squirrel? Somebody out there, I suppose. My little brother rescued one from a pond when he was a kid, but it didn't live very long. He cried, and who can blame him?

This stretch of wall has grave markers applied to it for various animals, including a rat, "Jeb" the spider, a fish, and a snake. Notice the headstones on the berm in the background, for people who like to be buried on an incline.

I wonder if that raven is also something from a catalog? "Just Ravens". Why make it when you can buy it.

"Buddy - our friend until the end". What, no gruesome, Ed Gorey-ish manner of death? Maybe he drank some antifreeze, or got run over by an ice cream truck. There, now I feel better.

"Old Flybait: He Croaked". I get it! Notice that he died 100 years before the Mansion opened to the public, exactly.

Here's another image that shows how close these fanciful graves are to the front entrance. Aw, a bunny! My friend had a bunny and it was so nice. I miss her (the bunny, not my friend - I talk to her every day). I'm noticing those plants, they appear to be a funereal black here. Appropriate.

There is nothing more terrifying to a cat than five tiny birds. Notice the actual live sparrow next to the birdie statue to the left. Paying respects to a loved one?

HBG2 says that these next three show the first pet cemetery, ... in the vacant yard on the north side of the HM, alongside the wheelchair access path, reportedly to give (guests) something to look at over there. Here's Big Jake... "...chasing a toad down a well was his one mistake". What about not paying his taxes for three years in a row? Huh? What about that?

Miss Kitty... After losing eight lives you still had no fear. You caught a snake in your ninth and that's why you're here. Who among us hasn't caught a snake in his or her mouth? The trick is to show no fear as it sinks its fangs into your cheek.

Pet skunks? I've heard of such a thing. What's wrong with a nice friendly hamster? You may be departed, But your presence will always linger on.

There you go! Another Halloweeny post. Thanks as always to Irene, Bruce, and James, and thanks also to HBG2 for his invaluable blog.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Adventureland, June 1960

Both of today's photos are from June, 1960 - though they are from different photographers. I figured it would make some sort of logical sense to place them together. 

First up is this view of two ladies about to enter Adventureland, with that familiar arch and scary carved mask. Or is it the shrunken head of a giant hitherto-unknown race that lives in the depths of the rainforest?! Yeah, let's go with that, it's much cooler. Beyond the pink bougainvillea is the purple cloud of jacaranda blossoms. I've mentioned this before, but there are streets in L.A. lined with jacarandas, and at certain times of the year, the fallen petals turn the streets into magical purple lanes. 

If you look closely you can see one of the carved tikis (just to the left of that woman's head); somebody on Facebook has what appears to be this very tiki, in rough shape, but they intend to restore it. What a souvenir!

This next one is from one of our "June gloom" days, with the heavy overcast that often appears that month - it's hard to complain, since it keeps the temperatures down. I love this look at the entrance to the "Jungle Cruise Boat Ride" queue, with the shield that looks like it was painted on the hide of some critter. You can see a cast member just beneath that sign. 

And there's the second Adventureland tiki, hewn from the trunk of a palm tree, and resembling one of the stern Moai from Easter Island -(exept that it's more colorful). I wonder if this still exists, perhaps in somebody's backyard, next to their kidney-shaped pool and barbecue grill? I'd like to think so.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Dumbo's Flying Elephants, 1950s

I have a pair of so-so photos from what I believe is 1956 - possibly 1957 - featuring Dumbo's Flying Elephants. 

The first one is the best of the two, with kids being strapped in to their Dumbi - we don't want centrifugal force to fling them 50 feet, that would be bad. The little boy to the extreme left is bringing his balloon with him, I hope he manages to hang on to it. I love all the color, from the various umbrellas, to the hues on all of the soft-peaked caps that the elephants are wearing. Being 1956-ish, the trees around the Skyway Chalet are still small, so we get a good look at its beautiful design.

This second view suffers from a bit of blur, but it's nice to see the elephants in motion. Why aren't those kids soaring up into the air? You do see that sometimes, I never know if they don't understand how to make their vehicle ascend, or if they prefer to skim the ground. What do you think that hand is holding in the lower left?

Saturday, October 10, 2020

1939 New York World's Fair

I recently scanned more black and white photo prints from the 1939 New York World's Fair; I think they're fun, though your mileage may vary. 

All of these feature a group of mostly women (though there are a few men) in elaborate, beautifully embroidered costumes that are native to... where? I really don't know. The Ukraine? Poland?

In doing a little research, I read an article that said... On Aug. 19, during Polish Falcons Day at the World’s Fair, more than 20,000 Americans of Polish descent declared their solidarity with Poland during ceremonies in front of the Polish Pavilion. I wonder if these photos could be from that very day?

I think the Fair did a lot of days honoring people from different countries... I suppose that this could also have been "Czecho-Slovak Day" from 1940. Here's a pin from my collection.

I wish some of the buildings in the background rang a bell, but no such luck. The lady to our left looks delighted. I like her hat, and wonder if she was a tour guide of some kind?

It's a shame we can't see what this lady's costume looked like in color, I'm sure it was dazzling. And probably all embroidered by hand. 

It appears that this group portrait was taken in front of the United States (Federal) Building; they honored their motherland while embracing their new home.

Here's a photo of the Federal Building, scrounged from the Internet.

This last one is neat, we are looking north along the "Constitutional Mall" toward the Trylon and Perisphere, I believe all these people in seats are in the "Court of Peace" (the Federal Building would be directly behind us). Hundreds of... well, Polish-Americans, or Czech-Americans, or Ukrania-Americans... I wish I knew!

I hope you have enjoyed your visit to the 1939 New York World's Fair.