Monday, April 05, 2010

October 1956: Before & After Quartet



From trash to treasure, this very red vintage print from 1956 looks hopeless...until a little magic from Photoshop is applied—and some blood, sweat, and tears. For those of you who don't use Photoshop, contrary to popular belief, there isn't a button called "fix and restore photo." Oh how I wish there were.



This view of the Castle really amazes me; not just because I was able to bring some of the color back...



But because the park looks so young. No Snow White Wishing Well, no House of the Future, and no Matterhorn!



A view of the Mark Twain and a very undeveloped Rivers of America:



And for the grand finale, here is the reason I bought this set of four: a Skyway shot of the Fantasyland Autopia. BEFORE:



and AFTER:



It looks so sparse & tiny!



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9 comments:

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Nice job Dave! Excellent vintage DL. Happy belated Easter.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

This is a Wednesday WOW on Monday! I can see why you wanted this set, they are all nice but the last one is marvelous! Almost a barren wasteland - Thanks Dave!

William Bezek said...

I wonder if it all seemed a little boring at this time? There were probably people that said it would never last.

Major Pepperidge said...

Man, that Junior Autopia picture is fantastic!

Connie Moreno said...

If I could use size 48 font, bold, I would... OH MY GOD! Those are incredible! I know you literaly sweated blood!

TokyoMagic! said...

WOWEEEE! The Autopia driving course doesn't look like it goes very far. Was this the Junior Autopia?

Thanks for the time spent on these and for sharing them with us!

Matterhorn1959 said...

Fantastic shot of the Fantasyland Autopia. I love the canvas sign.

Thufer said...

WOW, let me be repetitive: WOW!

Katella Gate said...

I love the Naked Autopia shot. Walt knew where to spend his money and where to hold it back. If there was a spot in early Disneyland where looks didn't matter... it's right here.

I guarantee you, not a single kid even noticed he was racing around in a big sand box. The important thing is the cars were fast and there were plenty of them.