Friday, February 16, 2018

Vintage Frontierland Friday

This vintage 1957 shot shows Black Bart, flirting with a guest at Disneyland. In the background is Eddie Adamek who sold trick ropes out of the Blacksmith shop. Actor/comedian/writer Steve Martin learned to trick rope from Eddie when he worked at the park back in the 1950’s; this came in handy 30 years later for his 1986 movie, “The Three Amigos.”

At about the 52 second mark in this video you can see Eddie doing his stuff!

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Valentine's Day Recap

No time for a post yesterday, but today I will share what I did on Valentine's Day: a 1.5 mile trek up Cowles Mountain to photograph a proposal. I made it to the top in record time.

Since I beat the couple (and their dog) by almost an hour, I had plenty of time to hide in the bushes (she didn't know he was proposing) and look like a creeper all the while trying to keep myself and my camera dry from the rain. No, I haven't grown moobs...that's my camera under the coat.

Thanks to the miracle of text Artie notified me when they arrived and I was able to move into position, all the while praying that Sarah wouldn't hear my camera shutter.'s that loud.

She didn't hear me, and of course she said "yes."

Slipping the ring on:

Once the surprise was over, I came down to their location to snap a few sunset shots. Fortunately the rain had stopped and nature provided the perfect backdrop for this amazing couple.

On the hike down, I stopped to shoot a few more sunset photos. What a breathtaking view.

It had been almost 5 years since my last visit and hike to Cowles, when Willis (who was my Valentine this year) accompanied me. I am sure he was glad he didn't have to go this time!

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Temple Tuesday: Comeback Shirley

For Temple Tuesday I have a medley of photos related to not one but TWO comebacks Shirley experienced in the early 1940s. The first photo shows Shirley at age three and was re-published to coincide with her first "comeback" in 1941. Here's the accompanying publicity blurb:

THE QUEEN RETURNS!…After an absence of a year and a half from the screen, Shirley Temple is returning to the scenes of her former triumphs. The little golden-haired girl who danced her way into the hearts of millions is now older and taller. Her golden curls have turned brunette; her voice is stinger and more precise than before. Her first picture is "The Girl on the Hill" which she is making for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. With her in the picture are Herbert Marshall, Laraine Day, Gail Patrick, and Felix Bressart. Harold S. Bucket directed, George Haight, produced.

3. WHEN SHIRLEY WAS THREE her mother started giving her dancing lessons. After three lessons she was offered a screen test by a film talent scout.

This photo shows Shirley as "Kathleen" (which is what "The Girl on the Hill" was retitled for release) in a dream sequence.

Shirley was able to keep all of her outfits (part of her contract at Fox, too). This particular outfit got re-used at a 1948 costume party she attended with first husband John Agar.

Almost 70 years later the very same outfit hit the auction block, looking minty fresh. Shirley knew how to take care of her clothes!

The auction also included the shoes and fan. What a deal!

A shot of the auction itself before it landed in the hands of Nick The Vintage Costume Collector:

After "Kathleen" did tepid box office, Shirley took some more time off before returning to the screen in "Miss Annie Rooney." Here she is on set with choreographer Nick Castle and costar Dickie Moore. Castle was a very popular choreographer, with a number of well known films to his credit: Judy Garland's "Summer Stock," Fred Astaire's "Royal Wedding," and "State Fair" with Ann-Margret.

The scene Shirley was rehearsing for is shown here in this vintage 1942 lobby card:

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