Wednesday, December 09, 2015
Attack of the 50 Foot Ambassador
Back in the day before Photoshop was ever a word, people had to create magic by hand when it came to trick photography. This image is probably one of the most bizarre in my collection of vintage Disneyland photos. Disneyland Ambassador Julie Reihm has been enlarged and superimposed over the Disneyland Main Street Train Station. I am assuming that the original goal was to have it look like she had her hands around the E.P. Ripley train pulling into the station. Instead, the person who put the images together missed the mark, making the photo even more strange. Here is the vintage publicity blurb that accompanied this January 25, 1965 shot:
DISNEYLAND 10TH ANNIVERSARY…Disneyland enters its second decade in '65 and to inaugurate the event, a special "Disneyland 10th Anniversary" program will be presented on "Walt Disney's World of Color," over NBC-TV Sunday, Jan. 3 (7:30-8:30 p.m. PST; EST). Julie Reihm, a Disneyland Tour Guide, who has been chosen as "Miss Disneyland," is pictured here inviting viewers to watch the program which will feature among other stars and attractions, Hayley Mills and family, Louis Armstrong, Tinker Bell, Mickey Mouse, a cake with dancing candles, marching bands, pom-pom girls and a regiment of tin soldiers marching down the Magic Kingdom's famous Main Street. Walt Disney as usual will be on hand to emcee the program and review the history of his magic land and describe some of the new attractions now in the works.
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