Thursday, November 14, 2013
If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, then you know that zooming into the vintage photos is one of my favorite things to do. This photo of the Matterhorn from July 1961 is a great example. At first glance, it looks like a ho hum shot of what has probably been photographed to death. Zooming in, you see a very cute shot of two young brothers, admiring this attraction while wearing cowboy hats.
Here's one from May 1960:
zooming in, we see what appears to be a very enthusiastic cast member.
Another fairly ho-hum December 1961 image...
that yields a great shot when you crop into the family that is speeding around the corner in their bobsled.
A similar find from July 1962:
with the father and child getting sprayed from the splash of their bobsled:
I love seeing the shots from Christmas when the Matterhorn Star once capped the top of the mountain. This one is from January 1964.
Or perhaps December 1963, depending upon how fast or slow the photographer was about getting his/her undeveloped film roll to the camera shop.
From September 1964:
Nearby is the Richfield Autopia Eagle. It's great when you can get TWO fantastic detail shots from one image!
This March 1965 image yields a few detailed views of the Matterhorn Climbers, Hans and Otto:
This December 1965 image gives a nice overall view of the line queue and loading area:
A behind-the-scenes construction view from December 1969:
What kinds of details are in YOUR photos? Check 'em out, as it might be a very cool visual treasure.
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Friday, November 09, 2012
Back in the 1960's, Disneyland's Matterhorn was crowned with a giganormous star for Christmas. Measuring 24' wide, it was put in place by a crane. My earliest photos showing it are from December 1961.
One from January 1962:
And a nice December 1963 view...
accompanied by a closeup of the star itself:
Lit-up at night, I am sure it was a sight to see.
Even over in Frontierland, the star was difficult to miss:
While I'm at it, I can't help doing a few zooms, showing the gent on the bench shooting a movie and his lovely companion chomping on popcorn:
While at the other end of the shot, the Gonzalez Trio is entertaining guests:
The last photo I have of this bygone Christmas tradition is from December 1968.
Anyone out there know what spelled the demise for the Christmas Star?
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