Monday, June 27, 2016


Well well well, it looks like we got ourselves an artiste in our midst! Probably went to some fancy college. Instead of taking photos with the horizon on the level, he's decided on some Dutch angles to leave us feeling disoriented. Like the 1966 Batman TV show.

I think that this one was taken from a window of one of the Monorails as it paralleled (and passed) the C.K. Holliday. I've got to admit that its kind of a neat view, including a bit of the Autopia. The train is practically running through a gully, which is kind of odd. Notice the castmember in the upper left, it appears as if he is trying to start a stalled Autopia car? It happened to me on more than one occasion.

Not too far from the first photo is this crazy view of the Matterhorn. I really wonder if the angle was an artistic choice? I've always loved the colors used on the buckets at this period, with the metallic blues, silvers, golds, and so on.


Nanook said...


Yes, talk about rakish angles; but it makes for fine images. Perhaps our photographer has one leg shorter than the other...

I gotta agree with you about the metallic-like color choices for the Skyway buckets - it kinda gives them a semi-industrial look.

Thanks, Major.

K. Martinez said...

The first image is great and unusual! I didn't realize parts of the Autopia were that high up compared to the railroad tracks in the back area. Never saw those retaining walls before either. Disneyland '59 still continues to fascinate me on how they layered it with all the different tracks and elevation levels.

And yeah, Those metallic colored Skyway buckets are awesome! Another wonderful set today. Thanks, Major.

Scott Lane said...

That first one's a real gem! Just when you think you've seen DL from every angle... (haha)
See you tomorrow - same Bat Time, same Bat Channel.

Unknown said...

"Dutch angle." Hmm. Always a new term out there to learn.

The "gully" is half formed by the Submarine Voyage show building. I was just last week having a discussion with my brother about how the building must have been built with a "cut and cover" method but photos of anything but the area around the lagoon are scarce as hen's teeth.

Alonzo P Hawk said...

Maybe the photog was a beatnik or jazz musician and there was an altered state of perception going on..wink..wink. Signs of things to come. I can imagine that many photos looked like this 08/06/1970 (hippie take over day). Unique shot of the railroad anywho. Thanks for posting.

Major Pepperidge said...

Nanook, the only thing more rakish is the angle of the straw boater on my noggin! I never thought about those metallic colors as being “semi-industrial”, but you’re right, that description definitely fits.

K. Martinez, that first one was a real eye-opener to me; I never knew that the train ran through a low area like that. I almost wonder why they built it like that, since it must have kind of ugly from the point of view of the train riders.

Scott Lane, thanks! I know, I love it when I see something new, even when it’s at a goofy angle.

Patrick Devlin, I looked up the term “Dutch angle” just to see the history of it, and was interested to see that it was first used in “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”. As for the construction of the Submarine Voyage attraction, I am still astonished that they managed to build it in less than a year.

Alonzo P Hawk, I like to believe that ALL of my slides were taken by beatniks! Preferably walking around the park with a pair of bongos. Daveland had some rare photos of the Yippie invasion, and they aren’t wonky, but of course Dave might have straightened them out in Photoshop!

TokyoMagic! said...

It looks like maybe a part of the "curb" could be removed from the right side of the Autopia roadway....possibly to drive the cars off of the course and into a back area for storage or maintenance?

Serviced Apartments Lady said...

That's an impressive mountain! I don't think I'd want to go up that high though, it looks very imposing.

Okie said...

Super fun pictures. Reminds me of many of mine, especially as a kid when my photo taking skills were a little off-kilter anyway. I also really like the shot of the train tucked down below...very fun. And seeing the skyway always makes me nostalgic.