Saturday, June 27, 2009

Disneyland: The First Summer, Pt. 5



Dig the 50’s fashions as we savor a few Kodachrome images of the Sleeping Beauty Castle from the summer of ’55. The little brothers in the dark socks and semi-matching t-shirts look so fabulously retro, as if they just stepped off the set of “Spin & Marty” or “Leave it to Beaver.” What was it about this time period? My parents also dressed my brothers in matching tops, as if it were a prerequisite for others to know that they were related in some way.





Dumbo zips by overheard in Fantasyland:



As you can see from this shot of the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship, not everything was finished and ready to go on opening day. Even this restaurant was getting a few additional cosmetic touches as guests enjoyed the other attractions.





At least Casey Jr. was in operation!



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5 comments:

Katella Gate said...

Even though it's not quite finished, I think that is the most impressive angle I've seen for Capt' Hook's ship. Full press of sails and a tight angle front shot. The effort that went into this toy boat is simply stunning.

-idogcow said...

Matching outfits must have been the rule – can still see the matching Mickey sweatshirts my sister & I wore on an early 70s trip....

Spicoli said...

Just an educated guess, but I suspect that part of the reason for the matching shirts was because mom made them herself from the same cut of cloth. Remember when stores all had fabric sections and moms all had sewing machines?

Chiana said...

Loving these. I agree with Katella. Somehow this really shows up the tuna boat.

50s fashion, I dig it. Spicoli may have a point, plus there's the chance for it being "cheaper by the dozen" when two of the same might've saved some pennies (and "a penny saved is a penny earned" y'know).

Anonymous said...

Very interesting...lots of finishing work going on for the Chicken of the Sea but...no construction walls!