Thursday, July 13, 2017

Yale And Towne at Disneyland



When one of your most loyal readers says he was unaware of something from vintage Main Street, you of course have to do a post focused solely on that thing. In this case, it's the Yale and Towne's Lock Shop, which morphed into the Yale Lock Shop. Open on day one, it appears to have dropped off the Park brochure by 1965.

The Dapper Dans outside the shop in 1960:



More photos and info can be found at Stuff From The Park's blog:

The Yale Lock shop featured a display of locks and keys from ancient times to modern times. Additionaly a guest could get a souvenir key with the Disneyland castle on one side and Yale logo on the reverse. Yale is still at Disneyland as all the doors use Yale and Towne locksets.



1955:



A closeup of the shop from 1955:





More recently it was the Disneyana Shop:



And is now "The Book Rest," aka part of Starbucks:



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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sweating at the Avalon



For a weekend of soulful thought and contemplation, I went to Palm Springs for a real estate shoot and took some extra time to check out the Avalon Hotel (formerly the Viceroy).



The shoot began at 6am, so after breakfast I took a chance on an early check-in. The room wasn't quite ready, but with free WIFI and a seat in the lounge area I kept busy in the meantime. Before noon they had upgraded me and I was moving into Bungalow 104. Huge bonus points.



The main pool:



The "adult" pool; nothing raunchy, just a no-kids zone. Very much appreciated since I like to do laps.



Play ping pong and watch the sun set over the mountains.



Look in the other direction and catch a beautiful sunrise!



I took advantage of the spa; enjoyed my facial which for the time being, made me look at least 10 years younger. Give or take 9 years.



My "home" for 24 hours: Bungalow 104.



Living room:



Dining room (not sure how relaxing it would be staring at the wallpaper while eating):



Bedroom; VERY comfortable bed. First night of solid sleep in ages.



The bathroom:



And of course, one of my obsessions: light fixtures.



Upgrade, friendly staff, ideal location; what more could one ask for? Maybe temperatures lower than 120 degrees.

I'll definitely be back to the Avalon.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Let's Go To Disneyland 1959, Pt. 2



The trip was August 1959, but the brochures that the family collected during their visit were stamped 1958. It looks like once they landed at the airport they took a limo to Disneyland. $3.25 to get to Disneyland!



Here are your ticket options for the Park:



The Jumbo Book looks like the best deal!



Once you're in the Park, you'll need this brochure:



With the handy-dandy map:



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