Friday, November 15, 2019

More Nature's Wonderland?!? Say it isn't so...



I first saw this image and thought “I don’t need another image of the mine train for Nature’s Wonderland.” Then I looked at my collection and realized I didn’t have any beautifully clear shots like this one from 1956 when the attraction first opened. Drat the completist in me!

I love reading the little signage on Pat Casey’s Last Chance building. I wonder what Clementines Flight was? And just what kind of “Professional Entertainment” was offered there? Could give a whole new meaning to “Last Chance.”



How about the little girl waving for the camera and the too-cool-for-school young man in the dapper monogrammed black hat from the Park? Probably would be worth a pretty penny today. And there’s the cast member at the back of the mine train giving his spiel.



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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Portland Adventures, Pt. 6: Union Station



When visiting a new city (for me), I love discovering the unique architecture and especially the historic buildings. I literally stumbled upon Portland’s Union Station one night when I was out shooting photos. The structure and its signature Romanesque clock tower opened in 1896. Unfortunately, the neon signs on the tower were not working during my visit.

Overall, I was somewhat unimpressed. Typically, Union Stations have interesting tile, cool light fixtures, and give a sense of the importance of train travel in history. Instead, this place looked like it might have been stripped of most of its interesting character and truly needed a good cleaning. At least there were some vintage signs, both neon and otherwise:







The main lobby area:







Unlike most Union Stations I have visited, I found this one the hardest to find interesting things to shoot. Still, it was good to see that the building was in use and functioning as a train station!

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The Tomorrowland Skyway Station



I have somewhat scary memories of the Tomorrowland Skyway station, where the buckets continually moved. That’s right...even when you were entering exiting the buckets, they kept moving. Somehow...it worked. Today, with morons who jump up and down on the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse bridge’s wooden slats to see if they will break or not...well, I’m sure some idiot would get hurt. But not back in the 1960’s. People were smarter back then! First image is a newbie, from May 1963. Image #2 (previously posted) is from July 1960:



1962:



And an oldie but goodie, also showing the original round Skyway Bucket design, circa October 1963:



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