Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Vintage Snapshots - Tomorrowland, June 1960

Do not adjust your eye bones! Today's photos are in glorious black and white. I sometimes wonder why you would go to a colorful place like Disneyland and not use color film - I know the cost of B&W film and processing was so much cheaper, but jeez Louise, it's OK to splurge!

Anyway, our subject is two couples who found some seats in Tomorrowland - the kind that resemble simple school desks (notice the hole to hold your drink cup - schools didn't have those!). Somebody in the group thought, "Say, we'd better take some pictures!", so they did three of them in a row. In this one, the Rocket Jets are up, while Barb and Jack watch the birdie. 

The rockets have landed, but Barb and Jack are game to pose for another shot. Because they were part of the Greatest Generation!

Now Barb's pal Margie joins in. Barb has lit up a cigarette (oh, Barb), while Margie holds… something. Candy? A makeup mirror? A tricorder? And the rockets are flying again.


Nanook said...


Barb gets my vote for 'cool' sunglasses. I think Margie is holding a Space Command 100 remote control for her Zenith TV. Someone failed to tell her it doesn't operate all that swell in the Magic kingdom.

Thanks, Major.

Anonymous said...

Major, I believe Margie is holding her pair of Wayfarers by Ray-Ban. When Jack (who loved his Aviators) took their picture, Barb insisted on keeping her sunglasses on because she believed they made her look like Audrey Hepburn. Barb always had a great imagination.

Bill in Denver

K. Martinez said...

Still lots of space in more ways than one in the background.

Alonzo P Hawk said...

Anaheim in June. Looks like Foster Grant was a very important guest that day.

Major Pepperidge said...

Nanook, I remember my grandparents had an early TV remote control. It actually turned the dial - chunk! chunk! chunk! The rabbit ears would shake because the action was so strong.

Bill in Denver, maybe you're right - Margie probably used to be in a girl gang. Like in "Grease". As for Barb looking like Audrey Hepburn… well, let's just say that not many look like Audrey!

K. Martinez, it might just be the angle, because I don't think that Tomorrowland had any huge open spaces, really. Not like the one that was in front of It's a Small World a few years later, anyway.

Alonzo, what about Foster Brooks?

Alonzo P Hawk said...

Foster Brooks needed the Foster Grants to hide the bloodshot eyes.

Melissa said...

I'll bet the pictures were taken by one of Barb and Jack's kids. In my family, well into the 1980's color film and TV was for the grownups and B&W was for the kids.

(Except Barb's name is really Elsie, because that's the name of the neighbor lady for whom she's an eerie doppelganger.)