Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Disneyland Hotel, 1970

GDB friend Sue B. has been slaving over a red hot scanner, and she sent me a bunch of new scans featuring photos taken by her father, Lou Perry. Hooray! Among the various scans were these shots taken on the grounds of the Disneyland Hotel back in October of 1981. (NOTE: I have no idea why I said that these were taken in October of 1981, when I clearly say in the title of today's post that they are from 1970, which is correct. Sniffing glue??).

First up is this pretty image of the lovely landscaping near the "garden apartments". How nice to have some greenery to sooth guests after a hectic day at the park. I believe that the garden apartments were razed in 1999.


My knowledge of the Hotel grounds is practically nonexistent, so I'll have to rely on somebody smarter than me to ID where this scene was. It appears that the landscapers were trying to use plants that didn't require as much water in this particular area.


A friend of mine loved to get up early in the morning and go for a stroll around the walkways that meandered through areas like this one. Does the Hotel have any open areas like this anymore? Or did somebody realize that grass doesn't put money in the coffers?


I have seen some rocks in my day, and that is one quality rock! Some people could go a whole lifetime and never see a rock like that.


Among the amenities available at the Disneyland Hotel was this Piper Cherokee airplane! Need gum, but don't want to walk to 7-11? Fly there! Might as well buzz the park while you're at it. Some of you may recall another Piper Cherokee on display in the parking lot in THIS PHOTO.


Next is this photo of the Marina, built (I believe) in 1970. Remember Lou's night photos from the Disneyland Hotel? I have more DLH photos (especially the Marina area) for you coming up, courtesy of Lou and Sue!


THANK YOU, Lou and Sue!

EXTRA! EXTRA! Most of you remember yesterday's post, with a pretty girl who blinked during her Pitchur Gallery photo shoot. David W (at Sue B's suggestion) was nice enough to add some open eyes to the girl! I got home so late that I wasn't able to add it to yesterday's article, so I'm sharing it today. Thank you, David W!

Monday, May 10, 2021

More From the Pitchur Gallery!

It's Pitchur Gallery time! I think I have at least four most posts featuring these fun souvenir photos.

In my totally unscientific opinion, this Conestoga wagon scene was most popular with Knott's Berry Farm guests. Perhaps 1/3 of my Pitchur Gallery collection shows folks crossing the harsh plains on their oxen-drawn wagon. In this one, a mother and her daughter pose, but the daughter blinked! Or is it blunked?


Here's the daughter again, not blinking, and looking very cute as she rides a bucking bronco with savoir-faire that makes all the other cowgirls jealous.


What did I tell you? Another Conestoga wagon! The cloth covering has finally been redone, I guess the old one wore out after years of harsh sun, flaming arrows, and Draculas. I believe this fun photo is from the early-to-mid 1960s, while the one with the mother and daughter is likely from the 1950s. 


Stay tuned for more Pitchur Gallery photos!

Sunday, May 09, 2021

Shoulda Been Rejects, August 1966

I almost tossed today's scans into my computer's trash can, but then I remembered that I need stuff for Sundays. A day of rest for many, a day for me to use up crummy slides. 

All of these are very dark; I don't know whether the photographer had his aperture set wrong, or if there was something wonky with the film itself. But daaaannng, those forest shadows are dark and scary. Who knows what sort of snarks and grumpkins live in there, just waiting to eat us? Still, I always love ol' Cascade Peak. We can see two chimneys from the roof of the Haunted Mansion.


I wonder why the photographer chose to click the camera shutter for this scene? Was it a mistake? We mostly just see trees and water, with a bit of the Indian Village barely edging in from the left. Maybe there was a petrified moose or elk dead ahead. Some Pack Mules can just be discerned to the right.


Over at the Sacred Elephant Bathing Pool, it's hard to tell what is rock and what is pachyderm. The only way to tell for sure is to poke everything with a pointed stick and see how it goes. That's pretty much how I go through life.


Saturday, May 08, 2021

Vintage Peeps

I always get a kick out of vintage photos of people. Hopefully you do too!

First up is this cute picture of grandma and her four kids (undated). All of the kids have the same nose as her! I can't tell if grandma just has a big yard, or if she lives on a farm. I love that the two oldest kids have their cowgirl and cowboy hats on, maybe those were brand new, though they color-coordinate with their outfits. The little girl in pink looks like she's not so sure if the dog is friendly, or if he will remove one of her hands. He looks OK!


Here's another undated photo, but it has to be from the 1940s, don't you think? Two ladies show off their mink coats while standing atop a pile of timbers; it looks like a nice cabin or home in the woods was underway. Or maybe something else was going on! I have no idea what kind of vehicle is to the right of the ladies. This photo has the look of Technicolor's early two-color process, but I think that's just coincidental.


From June, 1958 comes this scan of a photo that might be a church gathering of some kind (looks like they're in a basement, judging by that low ceiling), perhaps after a wedding or christening. Just guesses of course! I hope you like slices of white bread (which I do), along with other unidentified foodstuffs. Maybe a molded salmon mousse? Are those cupcakes? That's probably a genuine C├ęzanne hanging on the wall.


And how about this fun photo of a kid (bundled up against the cold) aboard his very cool stroller? He has the swagger much like a man driving a Porsche. "Ring-a-ding-ding! What say you and me go get a drink?". He means Ovaltine of course.


The stroller is a "Taylor Tot", and there are plenty of them (and pieces of them) on eBay, so they must have been pretty popular in their day. I'd love to see one of these at Disneyland!


Friday, May 07, 2021

Walt Disney School

It's time for another SPECIAL GUEST POST! You guys love 'em. This one is from Grant McCormick, who has been nice enough to share photos with us before (see some HERE and HERE). Some of today's images are extra-special because they feature none other than Walt Disney himself! 

Grant says: In 1956 the city of Anaheim was rapidly growing as whole neighborhoods were being carved out of orange groves. This of course required more schools be built. As luck would have it I lived in the area that would attend one of the newest schools. When the district was deciding on a name for the school they had the perfect one, considering it was just three miles from Disneyland - Walt Disney School.

It opened for the 1956/57 school year. In appreciation of the school being named after him Walt Disney himself came to speak at the school's dedication. He brought Vesey Walker and the Disneyland band with him. What a thrill for all the students, teachers and parents.


There's Vesey Walker and the Disneyland Band!


I'd hoped to recognized some other familiar faces from the Disney Studio, maybe Admiral Joe Fowler, or Walt's brother Roy, but none of these folks look familiar to me.


Grant continued: During his speech he announced that as a special thanks for the honor of the school's name he was inviting the entire school and staff to be his guests for a day at Disneyland. One morning a few weeks after the dedication ceremony several buses arrived at the school. Everyone climbed aboard for the ten minute ride to the Park. Everyone was given passes for unlimited rides and a free lunch. It was a day none of us will ever forget.

Can you imagine?! 


And if that wasn't amazing enough, Grant saved his souvenir program! There can't be many of these around. It's fun to see a few familiar names in the acknowledgements, such as Bob Moore and Tommy Walker. I wonder if the boy scout visible in the first photo is Daniel Kirby, who recited the pledge to the flag?


WOW, the program is boldly signed by Walt Disney (using his famous red grease pencil)! WHAT A TREASURE!


Thanks SO MUCH to Grant McCormick for sharing these artifacts from a neat (but obscure) piece of Disney history!

Thursday, May 06, 2021

Scenes on Main Street, May 1984

Oh yeah, it's time for more photos from Lou Perry, graciously shared with us by his daughter, Sue B! This time we're going to be looking at Main Street, USA (circa 1984).

Lou was standing on the steps of Main Street Station, looking down into Town Square when he grabbed this shot of a Horseless Carriage toodlin' by. I think they could have fit another three or four people in that vehicle, no problemo! Maybe the CM driving the vehicle remembers cars just like this from his youth.


Hot popcorn! Oh boy! Oh wait, it's "fresh"? I am very set in my ways and can't abide things that are fresh. They are too controversial. "Do you happen to have some stale popcorn?" I would ask politely. I would then inquire about where I could buy a Coke that has lost its fizz.

Note that the costume worn by the Cast Member is no longer a striped shirt, vest, and straw boater. It's "mustard yellow" for this fellow.


Here comes the Disneyland Band, looking spiffy in red, white and gold. Folks who lead the band are Disneyland equivalents of the Beatles. Women faint when they walk by. Notice the Horseless Carriage again.


Yeah, yeah, we get it, you're cool. You don't have to be so smug about it!


It turns out that the Disneyland Band wasn't just marching down the street for no reason; they were on their way to play a brief concert while seated around the flagpole. Did they play classic Souza marches? Disney classics? Maybe a mix of both?


Next we have the Saxophone Quintet. It used to be a quartet, but they are hard to control without constant supervision. Just days later it was a sextet. Notice the tongue hanging out of the bell of the bass sax. And check out that teeny tiny sopranino sax to the right! It's so cute. Say boys, the wife would love it if you'd play "Stairway to Heaven".


What time is it? The New Century Clock and Watch Shop (sponsored by Elgin) has you covered. If we eat lunch now, we'll beat the rush at noon! Notice the window above the street lamp still bears the "E.G. Upjohn, MO" sign; Upjohn was the original tenant in this corner establishment, but they moved out in 1970.


THANKS as always to Lou and Sue!

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Town Square, August 1966

Good old Town Square; it's one of the first things guests see as they step through the tunnels into the land of yesterday. It's sort of like when Dorothy opens the window to her tornado-tossed cabin and finds herself in Munchkin Land. 

Either our photographer took some last-minute photos before they rode the Disneyland RR, or they mysteriously didn't arrive at the park until late afternoon - look at those long shadows pointing eastward. Still, there's plenty of time to catch lots of rides if they are willing to stay late! The trees have grown to the point where they are beautiful, but they obscure a lot of the view.


Panning to the right, we get a lovely shot of the Opera House, gleaming in the warm sunlight. The Omnibus is ready to go on another trip up Main Street. Notice the Moonliner, visible in the upper left.


I've always loved the "bronze" medallion with Abraham Lincoln's profile, above the entrance to "Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln". Sponsored by Lincoln Savings! I wonder if that relief was carved, or sculpted and then cast in fiberglass? 

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Indian Village and Mark Twain, 1978

It's been a while, but I have a selection of photos from the Mysterious Benefactor today. Frontierland, as usual - 1978. Let's take a look!

There's the Friendly Indian Village, almost swallowed by the lush forest that continued to grow year after year. It's easy to imagine those woods being full of deer and other game for the hunters. The warm sunshine makes this look like an altogether pleasant scene.


Now we're closer to the village and can see many more details; mostly industrious people going about their daily chores to provide food and clothing for the tribe. From this angle we can see the area just beyond the trees (not quite the vast forest implied in the first photo), where the Disneyland RR ran, soon to pass in front of "It's a Small World".


The next five photos are from a series taken as the Mark Twain splashed away from the photographer. I believe there were eight images in sequence, but thought you might not need to see every single view! So I selected the ones that I thought worked best. In this first one, the rhythmic sound of the churning paddlewheel would dominate our senses.


I like that the south end of Tom Sawyer Island still has the small grist mill and raft landing, instead of the rather gigantic Fantasmic! stage.


The water in these photos appears to be much more blue-green than in the Indian Village photos; I don't know if it's just a difference in sunlight, or if the dye added to the water had changed between photo sessions.


That duck (a coot, I believe) doesn't seem bothered by the turbulent water. He's seen it all! Someday maybe he'll put it all down in a book. Oh wait, he's a duck. Notice the Haunted Mansion, barely visible through the trees, and the Columbia, moored in Fowler's Harbor.


The "Twain" is starting to round the bend! Those lucky passengers are about to enjoy a peaceful and lovely journey that I miss so much.


Thanks as always to the Mysterious Benefactor for sharing these scans, and hundreds of others!

Monday, May 03, 2021

A Knott's Berry Farm Selection

I have some random scans from Knott's Berry Farm, odds and ends that are either orphan slides or leftuggies. 

This first one is from May, 1971 and features a hardworking blacksmith hammering a piece of red-hot iron into horseshoes, presumably for use on the hooves of the horses, burros, and other four-footed employees. I'll bet this fellow had an interesting story - how many people were still making their living smithing in the 1970s? Notice that the wall behind him is etched with what I assume is a variety of brands. I think I see the Lazy and Frankly Kind of Smelly "R" ranch brand!


Hello, Mr. Monkey, how do you do? For many years, Knott's had an organ grinder with a cute little capuchin monkey to gather coins. Entertainment from the Old World. 


From 1959 we have this nice look at the Ghost Town water tower, which was located next to the Railroad Depot ("Population 93" the sign seems to say) and in front of the Calico Mine Train ride. The water is down by 4.5 feet; once my gas tank gets below half, I start to get nervous, and I'm feeling the same way right now.


And finally, here's a 1967 view of the bustling street in front of the Silver Dollar Saloon. The star of the photo is the kid with the wrap-around shades, he knows he's too cool for school; maybe he grew up to be in DEVO.


Stay tuned for more Knott's Berry Farm scans!

Sunday, May 02, 2021

Sunday Snoozers

Well, you know how it goes here on GDB; Sunday's are "optional". Clothing-optional, that is. Also, you might want to choose to skip Sundays, and I wouldn't blame you one bit. After all, the scans (both from "sometime in the '60s) would ordinarily be rejects, except that I have to post something today.

First up is this photo from the Enchanted Tiki Room, an attraction that I have grown to love more and more as the years go by. It's bursting with classic Disney charm, and has some great music. And a nerd like me loves the history, since this is the first major attraction featuring Audio Animatronics. 

The picture is a bit blurry, which is a bummer, but we can still see the magnificent bird chandalier, covered in cockatoos; I can almost hear, "Let's All Sing Like the Birdies Sing" in my head right now! Tweet, tweet-tweet, tweet-tweet.


I wonder if this photographer needed to clean his lens? Maybe he touched it with greasy fingers. This is why I always wipe my greasy hands on a passing guest (life hack!). The scene in the Friendly Indian Village is familiar, but my favorite detail is the two papooses leaning up against the teepee to the far left. you might remember them from THIS shocking photo!


Saturday, May 01, 2021

Snapshots From the 1939 New York World's Fair

I've shared scans of vintage amateur photo prints from the 1939/40 New York World's Fair before, and thought it would be fun to look at some more.

First up, GDB friend Mark Raymond kindly scanned this photo of his Grandparents, with the monumental Trylon and Perisphere (and the "Helicline" ramp) in the background. Fantastic! The lady to the right must be from the planet Zorgax 9, because she has apparently never observed other human beings at such close range. What a charming photo for Mark to have, from one of the key events of the last days of the Great Depression.


It looks like Mark's Grandmother is wearing a pinback button on her lapel! There were many varieties (I have several dozen different examples in my collection), but one of the more common buttons looked like this, and it might be the same kind Mark's Grandma is sporting:


I figured it would be fun to add some vintage snapshots from my collection to round out this post. Here is the iconic 250 foot-tall Parachute Jump - the second-tallest structure at the Fair (after the 610-foot Trylon). Notice the Lifesavers affixed to the side of the ride - it was sponsored by the makers of that famous candy. In 1941 the Parachute Jump was moved to Steeplechase Park; even though that park has been gone since the 1960s, and the ride eventually fell into disuse, the steel structure still stands today as a New York designated landmark.


Next is this photo of Monkey Island. An island.... of monkeys. An impressive Seussian mountain was built for the monkeys, but they didn't seem to venture up very high. Folks loved to look at the monkeys, though... a similar attraction was also at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair.


I love a good Fun Foto! At the Eastman Kodak pavilion, guests could sit in a parachuted seat (see photo #2!) with a painted aerial view of the Fair as a backdrop. Notice that this photo is from 1940. 


The Fair was chock full of monumental sculptures, many in the Art Deco style. This one is "Europa" by Gleb W. Derujinsky, a Russian-American sculptor. A nude woman clings to a rampaging bull while porpoises leap around them. I believe this is an allegory involving Europe's dominion of the land and sea. Or something. Nicely done, Gleb! The Railroad building is behind Europa.


Well folks, I looked and looked, but I couldn't figure out which building is behind this nice lady. I finally gave up, hot tears streaming down my cheeks. I'm not proud. If anybody out there knows where this photo was taken, please let me know.


You can really tell that the Earth is tilted on its axis in this photo of the Italian pavilion. Whoever took the picture wasn't interested in the figure of "Italia" atop the 200 foot-tall pedestal (you can just see the waterfalls that cascaded down the stepped pedestal). I shared a color photo of the pavilion HERE.


I hope you have enjoyed your visit to the 1939 New York World's Fair! Thanks to Mark Raymond for sharing another wonderful family photo.