Saturday, December 27, 2008

Early Tomorrowland Exhibits: Monsanto Hall of Chemistry



Originally, Tomorrowland was more akin to a State Fair, with a number of "exhibits" that featured products from outside sponsors, such as Kaiser Aluminum, Monsanto Plastics, and Dutch Boy Paints. This latest series will feature images from these exhibits. First up is the Monsanto Hall of Chemistry, which lasted from opening day until September 1966. When it was removed, Monsanto’s replacement was the cult classic Adventures Thru Inner Space. In its place today is the Star Tours attraction. This post begins with 2 exterior images; the color shot is from 1956, and the BW image is undated.



Interior views are always difficult to come by, due to lighting. My collection has 2 interior shots. The first one shows The Chemitron, huge test tubes of the eight basic materials found in nature which helped to produce the 500 different Monasanto chemicals and plastics.



From August 1955 comes this previously posted interior shot taken by a young couple visiting the park for the first time:



To see more fantastic images of the Hall of Chemistry, be sure to visit Kevin Kidney’s amazing blog. See more vintage & current Tomorrowland photos at my regular website.

5 comments:

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Neat post Dave thanks! Boy to I love that early sign with the molecules surrounding the script title! Those "molecule" balls still scream "Future" to me....

Katella Gate said...

Anybody care to take a stab at what the banner at the ceiling of the 3rd picture says? How about:

"Monsanto is dedicated to improving your life today and tomorrow."

Major Pepperidge said...

So I wonder if the statues in the "eight basic materials" turned, since they are blurry and everything else is sharp??

Old Dog said...

Great stuff. The Monsanto exibits (Hall, Inner, and House) are my favorite Tomorrowland things.

Biblioadonis aka George said...

Great post. Early Tomorrowland stuff is always so much fun!