Monday, November 07, 2022

On The Mark Twain, March 1962

Here's another pair of photos featuring the wife (or girlfriend) of a very smitten photographer - she appears in almost all of the images from this 1962 batch. "Gosh, she's swell!". Our gal stood on the top deck of the Mark Twain as it made its way around the Rivers of America, and she gazed out at the sights of Frontierland. 

Say, what's with that crazy mountain? It has waterfalls all over! Some might even call them cascades. I'll call it Waterfall Mountain! No, no, that's not quite right. How about "Cascade Peak"? Yes, that's better. I'm unclear as to weather a pre-recorded spiel was played on the Mark Twain as early as 1962, or if guests were just supposed to observe and interpret for themselves. Not the worst way to go. The earliest spiel that I am aware of is from around 1969.

Well jeez, we've only moved a short distance from the first photo, but the photographer must have been taken with this composition. The Twain is almost done with its voyage, we can see the dock up ahead (and the masts of the Columbia, loading up with a cargo of guests).

Today is my first full day away from home (and away from my computer), so please forgive me for not responding to comments. I'll read everything when I return on Wednesday night, and we'll be back to "business as usual" on Thursday. THANKS!


Nanook said...

I see 'Ginny' is back to brighten our day - this, in spite of the overcast skies. I think in the second image, our gal is listening for the toe-tapping strains of the Gonzalez Trio over at the Mexican Village in Frontierland.

Thanks, Major.

JB said...

Ginny, always with a graceful pose. This whole series of snapshots with Ginny must have been a photo shoot specifically featuring her. We don't know whether it was an amateur shoot or semi-professional.

In the second pic, it looks like the Columbia has finished "loading up with a cargo of guests" and is already underway, heading for the deep, deep water of the River; we can see the trapezoidal set of stairs that the guests use to board and disembark the sailing ship.

Thanks for another dose of Ginny, Major. She's like a spoonful of sugar, making things go down in a most delightful way.

TokyoMagic! said...

In that first photo, is that a Salvador Dali telephone pole, directly above Ginny's head?

Chuck said...

I’m disappointed with that first picture. It needs more firebell.

JG said...

Chuck, I see what you did there.

Sooner or later, she is going to get tired of lugging the hat and just wear it.

In photo 1, is that a hand-crank movie camera in the extreme left margin, or an iPhone?

I like both pics, but #2 has those views of Beyond, as well as the faint bittersweet tang of returning home after a voyage.

Safe travels, Major.


Melissa said...

The back side of Ginny’s hair! It’s nice, but it’s not what I was expecting. That guy’s camera case looks kind of like a li’l conga drum from this angle. Happy travels, Maj!

JB said...

Tokyo!, it sure looks like a droopy power pole, but it can't be... right? Also, there's Kermit the Gray Alien Frog peeking over Ginny's head as well.

JG, I think you're right about the hand-cranked movie camera. I remember seeing a couple of those back in the sixties. I guess the crank was to tighten a spring that advanced the movie film through the camera. On second thought, I'm sure you're right; it's an iPhone.

Melissa, well... what were you expecting? A mullet? ;-)

Melissa said...

I thought it would be a French twist. But the "cascade" of curls looks nice in front of the cascades of water!

Chuck said...

JG & JB, that’s a wind-up movie camera rather than a hand crank camera. The photographer would wind up the clockwork mechanism that would then power the camera. No battery required.

JG said...

Chuck, some part of me knew that it was spring-wound, but I couldn’t get the words right. Thank you.

I wish there was a spring-wound iPhone, no battery required.