Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Random Snapshots

Once in a while it's fun to buy random snapshots at paper collectibles shows. You never know what you might find!

This first one was obviously clipped from an old photo album, and shows a scene from Jungleland in Thousand Oaks (you've seen it on this blog several times). To be honest I'm not completely sure this is an amateur photo - it has a retouched look to it that makes me think that it was purchased. Oh well, I like it either way.

Here's Chief Red Feather over at Knott's Berry Farm, circa 1958. Did he work for tips? I could swear that I've read that the man portraying the Chief drove a sports car (a Porsche, I think) home every night. Good for him!

This one appears to have been taken at a roadside trading post; maybe in Arizona? Who knows. Perhaps you could buy a nice woven blanket with a colorful geometric design. Or howsabout a beautiful glazed pot? Or beaded moccasins, those are always good. I like the faux-Indian sitting aboard the wagon, and the cute little girl squinting in the sun.

The same girl is now at a small amusement park - again, "location unknown". She's going 'round and 'round in a horse-drawn two-wheeled buggy. Some fun! 


K. Martinez said...

Beaded moccasins! Do they still make those? My favorite today is the faux-Indian photo. I can almost feel a Stephen King short story in there. Thanks, Major.

Major Pepperidge said...

K. Martinez, I really don't know if you can still buy beaded moccasins… if so they are probably manufactured in China. And you're right, I can almost imagine a Stephen King story with the dummy Indian getting sweet revenge for some insult! ("Say, Murray, that looks like real blood on the Chief's tomahawk!").

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing that with each of these photos, the photographer said something to the effect "Try to look like you are having fun!"...and only the leopard took it literally.

Bill in Denver

JG said...

I have my picture with Chief Red Feather, complete with kid-size headdress.

Good times.

Thanks, Major.


Major Pepperidge said...

Bill, I think the Indian mannequin looks like he is having fun!

JG, have you shared this picture with us?! WE NEED TO SEE IT! I could pixel out your face if you are worried about sharing a personal image.

Dean Finder said...

The sign in the background of the middle picture looks like it might say "Thousand Oaks" below "Trading Post"

Major Pepperidge said...

Dean Finder, I see what you mean! I used to live in Thousand Oaks, I wonder if there ever was a trading post there (long before my time, for sure)?? Now I need to do research!