Thursday, August 31, 2006

Golden Horseshoe Thursday



Two more interior shots of the Golden Horseshoe. Many thanks again to all the help with identification of people and objects in these photos.



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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Golden Horseshoe Wednesday



Here are 2 more from my 1963 batch of Golden Horseshoe photos. I always think of Wild West or Hillbilly entertainment when it comes to the GH, but as yesterday’s post of Charlie Barnet and today’s photo of dancing shows, the GH was apparently sometimes used as a nightclub. Disney Dutchman identified the band as the Elliot Brothers Orchestra, with Lloyd on trombone and Bill on sax. I also love this second shot taken before opening, with the bartender just waiting and an unidentified gent enjoying a cig.


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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Golden Horseshoe Tuesday



Just recently received a batch of BW photos from the Golden Horseshoe Saloon and will be posting them over the next week. Great shot of the fa├žade, and in anticipation of the request, am including a detail of the sign. UPDATE: I turned over one of the photos I was scanning for this batch and saw the year 1963 written in pencil, so most likely all of these photos are from that year.


I am also posting this second picture of Jazz Legend Charlie Barnet.

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Monday, August 28, 2006

Tomorrowland Clock of the World, July 18, 1955



Here’s one of the famous Clock of the World on the day after opening. This is a different view than what is normally shown. I hope to be back on track with postings now; please send some visine after my debacle with the webserver change. See more vintage Disneyland photos at my website.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Buffalo in Frontierland, August, 1956



Yesterday’s post by new blogger Jordan inspired me to dig up this shot of a buffalo in Frontierland. Not the best quality, but still cool subject matter. Sorry about the spotty posts the last few days, but my changing of webservers has been a trip to Hell-Land; if you see any website errors or notice missing files, please let me know.

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Friday, August 25, 2006

Storming the Castle, July 18, 1955



This photo shows the aftermath of when the drawbridge was lowered. Although slightly blurry, I love the fact that everyone is rushing to cross over into Fantasyland, not knowing what they might encounter.

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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Return of the Dapper Dude, Part 3, July 18, 1955



Just when you thought it was safe...the dapper dude with the cap and cool shirt is back, this time at the entrance to Adventureland, standing near the assorted skulls and other tribal goodies.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

General Lee’s Bamboo Alley, July 18, 1955



Never heard of this place before, but by the design of the nearby building, I would place this slide as Adventureland. Any of the experts care to give commentary on this one? See more vintage Disneyland photos at my website.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Dapper Dude, Part Two, July 18, 1955



The jaunty dude with the white cap is hanging out at Casey Junior today. Note the bare landscaping in the background, and the ticket booth on the right.

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Monday, August 21, 2006

Dapper Dude, Part One, July 18, 1955



I normally prefer my DL photos without people, unless they are wearing something interesting and vintage. This guy who is in a few of the slides I have definitely qualifies as a character. Oh, yeah, and dig the building and newly planted landscaping.

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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Frontierland, July 18, 1955



This shot gives a nice overview of what is now the River Belle Terrace Restaurant and seating area. In the lower left-hand corner, you can also see a sign for the Oaks Tavern, which is now the Stage Door Cafe. This building adjoins the Golden Horseshoe Saloon. See more vintage Disneyland photos at my website.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Tomorrowland, July 18, 1955



Here’s a barebones shot of Tomorrowland, with a sign advertising the 20,000 League Show. Anybody know what that consisted of? Today’s entry will be the last until Sunday; am taking a little hiatus.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

New Orleans Square location, July 18, 1955



Does this area of Disneyland look unfamiliar? It’s a shot from Frontierland over the Rivers of America facing the area that is now New Orleans Square. The Building you see is the Chicken Plantation Restaurant, which closed in 1962. Lots to see in this photo: sailors gazing over the water, pickup trucks parked near the banks of the River, plenty of brightly colored umbrellas to shade diners from the July heat, and what appears to be unsightly power lines.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Lowering of the Drawbridge, July 18, 1955



Here’s one you just don’t see very often: the lowering of the Sleeping Beauty Castle drawbridge. This one was taken on the 2nd day that the park was open. You can bet that there was a mad rush across it moments later! NOTE TO YESTERDAY’S ANONYMOUS BLOGGER: Photoshop does a great job of enlarging these photos. If that’s not good enough, donations always help!

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Monday, August 14, 2006

Tomorrowland, December, 1955



The other day, The Major had a posting of Tomorrowland, and today I thought I’d tack onto that one with this rather empty view from 1955. Of course, the most SHOCKING thing about this view is all the trash! Even today, you rarely see this much stuff on the ground. Once again, must be December: check out all the coats in Southern California!

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Sunday, August 13, 2006

The Viewliner, August, 1958



I had a request the other day for any shots I might have of the shortlived Viewliner, so todays’s post is honoring that request, and my apologies ahead of time for the fact that these aren’t the best of shots. However, hopefully their rarity will make up for that fact. These were taken from one of the Disney Railroad Trains, and I have included a shot of the one they were most likely taken from; anybody able to identify which one this is? Also—fun to notice the Train’s awning in the left-hand corner of the first picture.





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Saturday, August 12, 2006

Construction on the Rivers of America, December 26, 1955



Just recently noticed that this beautiful shot of the Mark Twain also includes some cool construction going on.

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Friday, August 11, 2006

Frontierland, December 26, 1955



Flannel in Los Angeles? Yes, it must be December. Here’s an early shot of Frontierland, complete with themed trashcan. You can also just barely see the top of Sleeping Beauty Castle. On a separate note, I already have blogs on The Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean; any requests for blogs/photo pages on other Disneyland attractions?

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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Tea Cups and Chicken of the Sea Ship, December 1955



This colorful slide shows the Alice in Wonderland Tea Cups of Fantasyland in their original location, with the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship Restaurant looming in the background.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Dumbo and Casey Jr., December 1955



Here’s one in all its Technicolor Glory: the original Dumbo ride with Casey Jr. puffing away in the background. Note the cool ticket booth on the right (one of my fave ones) and the trashcan in front; same shape as the ones today, but without the bling.

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Skull Rock, August 1966



Calll me crazy, but I think Skull Rock was way cool. Sure, it’s a little eerie, but I sure do miss this cool rock formation with the waterfall.

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Monday, August 07, 2006

Rainbow Ridge Pack Mules, 1956



Before Thunder Mountain Railroad, you could ride these Mules for a scenic tour from Rainbow Ridge through the Rainbow Desert. The Mule Rides ended in 1973, and in 1979 the roller coaster opened. I do miss some of these quaint types of transportation that used to grace Frontierland; no reason that Main Street should hold the monopoly on that.

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Sunday, August 06, 2006

Retro Parking Lot, 1960’s



Back before California Adventure and Downtown Disney, there was the Parking Lot. For all those nostalgic about this “lost” area, this one’s for you. Once again, the date of this slide is unknown but I would guess early 60’s.

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Saturday, August 05, 2006

Circarama, 1960’s



In response to Tangaroa’s missing of the Attraction Posters at the entrance to the park, here’s another group of them in Tomorrowland outside of the Circarama Theater. The date of this slide is unknown but I would guess early 60’s.

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Friday, August 04, 2006

Entrance to Adventureland, July 1956



Here’s an often seen shot, the entrance to Adventureland. I love this sign; one day, I will make a craft project out of it for my Tiki Bar. I've said it before: it always amazes me to see shots of the park with virtually no visitors. Something you just don't see anymore.

RANT OF THE DAY: For years, Disney has refused to release “Song of the South” on video, because of its supposed racist content. Rumors of a 60th Anniversary DVD release were recently publicly squelched by Bob Iger, stating the same reasons of not wanting to offend. So, if this is the case, why is Disneyshopping.com now rolling out “Song of the South” merchandise?!? Check it out folks, it’s in the Collectibles section of the website.

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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Entrance to Disneyland, July 1958



Back at the Main Street Train Station...this shot is from July, 1958, and has all of the attraction posters affixed the gate in front of the station. Time to get off my duff and start scanning, as I am getting down the bottom of the barrel here. See more vintage Disneyland photos at my website.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Adventure Thru Inner Space, 1960’s



Probably one of the most-missed “extinct” attractions is this one, Adventures Thru Inner Space. I still remember how cool it was as a kid to think you were being “shrunken” and then seeing the plastic tube that showed how small some of the other riders had become. See more vintage Disneyland photos at my website.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Inside the Tiki Room, 1960’s



Not the greatest quality shot, but still a rare one. This shot from the inside of the Tiki Room is even more rare since they admonish you not to use flash photography during the show (might frighten the birds). See more vintage Disneyland photos at my website.