Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Surfing at Tourmaline Beach



I have always loved the water and the beach; one of the few native Californians, I just guess it's in my DNA. Last weekend I was finally able to do a surf shoot. Although I can't surf, I love watching someone catch a wave and ride it, finally diving into the water at the end after being one with that mini force of nature. Jason Coleman was kind enough to allow me to tag along early Sunday morning to document his journey. Although the actual surf shots were not great (which means we need to do it again!), I was pleased with the rest.

As soon as we arrived, Jason was scoping the water seeing where the best place to surf would be.



Then it was back to his vehicle to get his board and gear, returning to the beach for his morning surf.





Like any physical exercise, there's stretching to do...



meditation/prayer...



and then it's off to the waves.



Much of a surfer's time is spent waiting. And waiting. And waiting. When is that perfect wave going to come?



I wouldn't say the waves were perfect, but Jason caught a few decent ones. The mount:



...and the dismount.



We were only out there for about 45 minutes. Next time will be longer...with more actual surf photos!



And hey, breakfast was waiting! Gotta' get back into street clothes and head to town before everyone else wakes up on Sunday for brunch.



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Monday, June 26, 2017

The Anchorettes



Awhile back I was contacted by Jonathan Bullman, whose wife's great aunt was found in these photos from September 1957. She was with the women's softball team called The Anchorette's from Indianapolis and they were staying at the Disneyland Hotel for a national softball tournament.



They won the regional tournament and went on to the National tournament in California. The 1957 National Women's Softball Tournament was held in Buena Park and Anaheim that September. The Anchorettes would eventually go on to lose the tournament but she still talks about her softball days even 60 years later. She's the tall short-haired redhead in glasses (seen in the detailed view above, front row, second from left).



Another shot from the batch showing the Anchorettes' luggage outside the hotel.



Note the "DH" on the door, which of course stands for Disneyland Hotel.



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Friday, June 23, 2017

Mr. Toad Mural Extravaganza!



One new one and a lot of re-hash for today (yes, still catching up on life!). First shot is the "new" one, showing two tots who have just experienced Mr. Toad's Wild Ride in Fantasyland. Of course, the real reason for attaining this photo is the view of the line queue mural in the background! While we're at it, how about a shot from December 1957 of Donna Reed and Steve Allen also enjoying this dark ride classic?



And Jerry Lewis:



Vice President Richard Nixon and family:



The Audie Murphy family, circa 1956:



Here I used a little photoshop magic to get a better look at the mural (human distortion be damned!), circa 1958:



Last one is a June 1955 image of the exterior of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride:



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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Night Bus



Most classic movie buffs have heard of the 1934 Frank Capra classic "It Happened One Night."



How neither one of its stars (Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert) was thrilled to be in it; how it swept the five major Oscar categories; and how Claudette Colbert had to be hauled off a train on the way to vacation to accept her award at the ceremony.



What most probably DON'T know is that it was based on a short story by Samuel Hopkins Adams, featured in the August 1933 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.



The artist for "Night Bus" is one of my favorite illustrators, James Montgomery Flagg, best known for his 1917 depiction of Uncle Sam on a military recruitment poster.



Here are the first few pages of the story, showcasing Flagg's vibrantly vintage illustrations.









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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Judy Gets Interviewed



One photo for today...just playing catch up with life. Judy Garland is not shown to her best advantage in this 1960s photograph shot by Willie Kee. I don't know squat about Kee, but if I had to guess, I would probably put this shot around 1964/1965.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Temple Tuesdays: Rumpelstiltskin 1958 Pt. 2



More photos from the taping of the February 1958 "Rumpelstiltskin" episode of Shirley Temple's Storybook. In today's shots, Shirley is rehearsing the theme song of the show, "Dreams Are Made for Children."



For the actual show, Shirley "floated" out on a "cloud" and sang the tune, dressed to the nines in Don Loper gowns.





I could only find this poor copy on youtube of Shirley singing the theme song. As an adult, Shirley really did have a very pleasant voice.



Looking fairly serious, Shirley inspects the medal of John Raitt, the star of the episode.



She looks annoyed here; did Raitt use some foul language, or did he flub a line?



Here's a previously posted shot of Raitt and Shirley, all smiles:



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Monday, June 19, 2017

Back at The Colony Palms



It had been over 4 years since my last stay at the Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs, which is my favorite hotel in downtown Palm Springs. For me, it's the Chateau Marmont of the desert. From check-in to check-out, it was an awesome experience thanks to the friendly staff.



The pool is a great size for my morning laps; I even swam again at night (no way I was running in the 100+ degree desert temperatures!).



Next to the pool is the hotel's restaurant, The Purple Palm.



The interior had undergone a major redesign; not as purple as before, but still very cool looking.





Those brave enough to eat outside or sit at the bar stayed cool thanks to the cooling mist that rained down overhead.



The rooms are beautifully designed and appointed. I love the Moroccan influence.





While it was nice to have, rest assured I did not use the fireplace this stay!





How about that floor tile?!? Swoon...



It really is a beautiful property, perfect for a relaxing stroll.







What are you waiting for? It certainly isn't going to get much cooler out there this summer!

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