Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Myra at Disneyland



This 1950s publicity shot really got my attention when I noticed the old Frontierland Depot in the background. I'm not sure who Myra Joyce Olson was, but this lucky little girl had her picture taken and splashed all over the newspapers of the day. Here's the accompanying publicity blurb:

Myra Joyce Olson gets the best form Chief Shooting Star in Frontierland, Disneyland, California.

A closer look at the drum:



Chief Shooting Star can be seen in these other shots from my collection from 1955:





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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Temple Tuesday: The Little Colonel



This vintage shot of Shirley Temple came with the accompanying publicity blurb:

Between scenes of "The Little Colonel," in which she is co-starred with Lionel Barrymore, Shirley Temple tries her hand at operating the huge gyroscopic camera used by Arthur Miller in filming the picture.

"The Little Colonel" is also the breakout movie where Shirley actually held hands with a man of color. While this may not seem like much today, back in 1935 it was huge.



The staircase dance between Bill Robinson and Shirley Temple is now legendary for so many reasons.



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Monday, January 16, 2017

The Lorraine Motel



Back in 2009, I was in Memphis for a conference. As I typically do, I took an early morning with my camera hanging over my shoulder. When I'm in a new city for a short time, I do not want to miss capturing "that shot," thus the camera goes just about anywhere. As I was heading back to my hotel, I came upon what looked like one of those classic 1960's "No tell motels" (you know, the L-shaped buildings with two stories where just about anything and everything could happen). For some reason, this particular one really caught my attention.



The parking lot was empty except for two vintage automobiles.



And then I came upon the marker that made it apparent that I had stumbled upon the site where Martin Luther King was assassinated almost 49 years ago.



It truly sent chills up and down my spine. To be at the site where one human being decided to take away the life of another seems so unsettling to me. The amount of hate that causes that action is scary.



I hope that we can all pause and reflect today and allow ourselves to lower the temperature a bit and learn how to live respectfully with each other.



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