Thursday, May 05, 2016

July 1961 Duo



In this July 1961 you see the Horseless Carriage at Central Plaza; this fringed vehicle was last seen on this blog as a photo ops for Walt and his lovely wife, Lillian.



Here's the Snow White Wishing Well, barely a few months old:



Back in the day, Dopey once carried a fishing pole.



Today he just imitates The Fonz.



A vintage closeup of Snow White:



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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Vintage Disneyland Hotel



Today let's travel back in time to the Disneyland Hotel when it had that vintage vibe that was more akin to a motel than the massive behemoth it has morphed into. Today's first image is from August 1961 and features the hotel's swimming pool. The lifeguard seems pretty chill considering what his job is.



Here's a look at the Hotel Tram which shuttled guests to and from the Park.



A closer look at the signage showing the shops at the Hotel.



This foggy January 1962 image of the Hotel also yields some nice details.



The sign for the Hotel Golf Course:



and the Blue Monorail:



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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Trip to Santa Fe, Pt. 2



Next door to my hotel was the Loretto Chapel; day and nighttime views for you.



When I hear the word chapel, I think of something small and quaint; this 1878 structure seemed more like a mini-cathedral.





The showstopper here is the wooden spiral staircase.



From the Chapel's website:

Unable to find a decent way to get to the choir loft above without compromising seating capacity, legend says that the Sisters of the Chapel made a novena to St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters. On the ninth and final day of prayer, a man appeared at the Chapel with a donkey and a toolbox looking for work. Months later, the elegant circular staircase was completed and the carpenter disappeared without pay or thanks.



After searching for the man (an ad even ran in the local newspaper) and finding no trace of him, some concluded that he was St. Joseph himself, having come in answer to the sisters' prayers. The staircase has two 360 degree turns and no visible means of support. Also, it is said that the staircase was built without nails—only wooden pegs. Questions also surround the number of stair risers relative to the height of the choir loft and about the types of wood and other materials used in the stairway's construction.



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