Showing posts with label sleeping beauty castle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sleeping beauty castle. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Chicken of the Sea Lamp, August 1970



I really love the golden glow of sunset that bathes this August 1970 image of Fantasyland, taken from the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship.

I especially like how it gives us a great up-close look at this cool lantern aboard the ship. I am guessing it is original to 1955, as it appears to be a bit worn.



Today marks the 35th Anniversary of Big Thunder Mountain; it has truly been a blast for this attraction!



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Thursday, July 31, 2014

59 Years Ago Yesterday: Campfire Girls



After a few heavy posts, I'll go a bit lighter today with an image from the USC Digital Library featuring the Los Angeles Area Camp Fire Girls from Alhambra District, July 30, 1955. The publicity caption reads:

Los Angeles Area Camp Fire Girls from the Alhambra District pause on the bridge in front of the Fairy Castle at Disneyland. Left to right: Sandra Ayers; Linda Webb; Sandra Smith; and Brenda Lewis, were among 200 girls given the day at Disneyland by the Camp Fire Girls for selling the most candy mints in the Camp Fire Girls' candy sale.

Have to zoom in for a closer look at the balloon, which features what appears to be a seal, balancing something on his nose. It almost looks like the Adventureland logo seen on The Wonderful World of Disney.



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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Something smells at Disneyland



Flower from "Bambi" has made a rare appearance at the Park in this August 1963 photo. The little girl at right is doing her best to keep her distance from the friendly Skunk.

This contemporary comparison view shows that what was once Gepetto's Clock Shop is now The Enchanted Chamber:



Also note the addition of the Sleeping Beauty statue. Definitely looks like it belonged there since day one.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Trip to Disneyland, March 1972



For those of you who love the 70s, you get a one day reprieve! Today's post continues the polyester magic with a few images from March 1972. Other than the swans in photo #1, these two castle shots are fairly ho-hum. Definitely not the reason why I acquired this batch.



I love all Skull Rock shots, but no…this isn't why I wanted this batch.



Hair black as ebony, skin white as snow…no, I don't think this is Snow White, even though she is posing in Fantasyland.



small world topiary…very nice, but again, not impressive to me.



The Excursion car adds a nice touch, but still…not the driving factor.



The Columbia is a beautiful ship, but this shot is not really a "wow."



Finally, we come to reason number one. The Petrified Tree. Any vintage shot of this Disneyland oddity is of interest to me. Can you think of a wackier anniversary present? I'm sure Lillian couldn't.



This dark POTC exterior is interesting as documentation of how this area looked before the under/overpass was constructed.



And the best for last…an interior vintage shot that is in color AND in focus of the skeleton steering the pirate ship in the grotto scene of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction! Double wow!



I hope you're as impressed as I was!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Trip to Disneyland, May 1972: Pt. 3



Let's meet at the Hub! I am sure many a family/group/couple uttered those famous words over the last 59 years, showing Walt's genius in planning his amusement park.



Care for a balloon?



The 2 gents have allowed the three lovelies to pose without them in front of the Castle. By now, the Crest had been installed above the drawbridge.



Crossing over into Adventureland, we get a glimpse of what the Treehouse looked like before Tarzan broke the Robinson Family's lease.



Signage detail:



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Friday, July 04, 2014

4th of July Firework Bonanza!



Did you know that we have John Adams, 2nd President of the United States, to thank for fireworks on today's National Holiday?



He wrote this to his wife the day before the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia:

"It ought to be solemnized with…illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more."

So it shall be written. So it shall be done.

Inspired by a story from Mental Floss that I saw in Reader's Digest, today's post shows some of my favorite fireworks photos as well as ten different types of fireworks outlined in the Mental Floss post. At first I attempted to pair my photos with their ID, but soon got bored with my failure to match every one. Today would be a Reader's Digest attention-span day. Here we go with the 10 different types of fireworks and an initial photo from July 17, 1968 in Genuine FauxD©.

1. The Peony. This "spherical break of colored stars" is apparently the most common.



2. The Chrysanthemum. A variation of the Peony, with the difference being that the stars leave a visible trail of sparks.



3. The Willow.
Produces trails of silver or gold stars that leave a weeping willow-ish outline.



4. The Horsetail. It's a compact little burst that falls down, well, like a horsetail. You might also hear this one referred to as a Waterfall Shell.



5. The Fish. The shell bursts and then you see little squiggles of light squirming away from the main burst. The effect looks like fish swimming away.



6. The Spider. Fast-burning and powerful, this one shoots stars straight out such that they look like spider legs.



7. The Palm. When this one bursts, it looks like a palm tree.





8. The Crosette. Take lots of tic-tac-toe boards and cross them over each other haphazardly. Usually accompanied by a loud crackling noise.



9. The Kamuro. Named after a Japanese hairstyle, this one has a dense burst that leaves a glittery trail.



10. The Rings. Can be arranged to look like atoms, which is very mental_floss-y. But typically you see rings within rings.

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Disneyland, Summer of 1963: Fantasyland



Pose for the nice man! It's always great to get a view of the person taking the photos. Of course I have to get a closer look at the camera being used, too. This guy can take a photo AND smoke his cig all at the same time. I wonder how he'd do walking and chewing gum?



A closeup of one of the windmills on the Storybook Land attraction:



The vintage guests seemed to enjoy the teacups; you might remember the previous post that also included an image of them with the shot of the Fantasyland Theatre in the background.



The girl in the right looks like she might be close to hurling! Oops!



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Friday, May 09, 2014

Daveland Before and After



To give you a peak into the process of what I do to photos before they reach your eyes, today's post shows you a little "before and after" work. My original scan of this 1965 cast of characters at Disneyland looks like a mess of reds. Thanks to a little work in Photoshop, some colors actually emerge. One of these days, I would really like to take a class on color restoration, as I know there is probably a lot more I could do to help bring back some of these vintage images.



This July 18, 1955 shot of the Clock of the World at the Tomorrowland entrance looks like a dark one; many would probably toss it.



With a little help from Lightroom, details (and people) come into view.



Many vintage slides have faded into magenta oblivion; this July 1960 shot seems mighty close.



Time in Lightroom and Photoshop is well spent, bringing back some of the original vigor of this interesting Fred Gurley Disneyland Railroad shot.



Snapshots often fade even faster than negatives and slides; this September 1967 photo is no exception.



New Orleans Square looks a lot more vibrant after some time in Lightroom.



Even present day photos require some time in processing. This recent shot of Balboa Park is marred by shadows. Just not really what I wanted, as the time of day didn't cooperate with my vision of what I was trying to capture.



Desaturating it into a black and white photo made me much happier.



When I first started doing HDR (High-Dynamic-Range) photography, I got a little bit of flack from some readers who thought I should stick to traditional looking methods for the processing of my images. Here's a "regular" shot of Balboa Park.



By combining 7 shots taken in quick succession at different exposures (handheld, no tripod), this is what I came up with:



I love shooting the arches in the park; the way the light passes through and cast shadows can really create some cool images. Here's a normally processed shot:



…and the more dreamy counterpart created using HDR photography:



And there you have a tiny view into some of the work that goes into my posts!

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