Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Disneyland The First Year at Night: Pt. 2



Our photographer crossed through the Castle and stopped at the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship. Yet another casualty of progress.

Fantasyland apparently didn't hold a lot of interest for him/her, as the next shot is The Mark Twain.



I can only guess that a train ride took the photographer back to Main Street where this one was snapped.



Best one of the bunch captures Judy Marsh, the original Slue Foot Sue at the Golden Horseshoe.



Gotta' have a closer look at her! What a beauty!



Back to Main Street, where our photographer seemed to feel most at home. This one shows the Emporium.



I must see those windows!



Dolls on the left...



and Davy Crockett stuff on the right!



The last one shows the welcoming banner for the American Dairy Association.



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11 comments:

Connie Moreno said...

OMG this is AWESOME!!!!

DrGoat said...

Absolutely. These images are sublime. Plus the lack of humans really adds to the wonderfulness.

Irene said...

What a treasure these are! I was especially impressed with the train station photo. Made me feel like we had stepped back in time to some Midwest city. And also for some reason "next stop Willoughby" came to mind ;)

Fifthrider said...

I can always get on board with a good Twilight Zone "Next stop, Wiloughby!" reference. These are some great night shots. It's neat to see the evolution of Main Street window displays over the years. I'm floored to see the Main Street horse-drawn carriage out at night. As far as I can remember, those always go away at night. I have no recollection of when they ran these at night or when that policy changed.

Anonymous said...

What a great series.

K. Martinez said...

The American Dairy Association banner brings to mind the "Adventure in Dairyland" serial with Annette Funicello that ran on the Mickey Mouse Club in 1956. I think it was even partially sponsored by the American Dairy Association.

Another great set today. Thanks, Dave.

Chuck said...

Dave, these...are...AWESOME. Thanks so much for sharing this series.

Fifthrider, I can remember the streetcars running at night in the summer of 1971. That's the only clear memory I have of them after dark.

Patrick Devlin said...

Given the speed of B&W films in those days I have to believe that the photographer was toting around around a tripod that evening: there's so very little blur in any of these pics. And notable is the Wonderland Music Company's location right where the Magic Shop is today. I wonder when the transition occurred.

Dave DeCaro said...

Patrick - I would tend to disagree on your tripod theory as there is basically no blur on the people in these photos. No way Judy Marsh was standing still while performing! Same thing with the people he captured on Main Street.

Anonymous said...

These are exceptional photos, many of them look like photos from a real city.

Thanks Dave.

JG

Stuart Powley said...

I see what Patrick means about the exposures, but you have a very good point, Dave. I would think that these were shot with a slower speed film and then "pushed" in processing. The level of contrast seems to bear this out. Just a thought...