Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Disneyland in Glorious B&W, Pt. 11

For fans of this series, today is a sad day, as it is the last one in what has probably been my favorite collection of images to date. This first image was taken at the Kodak exhibit on Main Street, on the east side of the street. Before Audio-Animatronics became the thing, Main Street had a number of "dummy" figures, as has been seen in other posts that feature the Wizard of Bras and the Emporium interior. These next two are probably some of my favorite images from this batch; I really love the posed nature of this lady talking on the phone in the Market House. I love even more that these phones are still there. Comparing with a present day shot, it would appear that the exact same phone is still being used for the old fashioned party line.

And the very last one for this series features Vesey Walker in Town Square, leading the Disneyland band in a spirited tune. Notice the Disneyland News on the bottom left-hand side of the photo.

A few more from my Saturday trip to the park, featuring Billy Hill & The Hillbillies at the Golden Horseshoe:

Interesting to see just how little has changed design-wise in over 50 years at the saloon, other than the wallpaper:

And I'll finish up this post with a few pics of the Columbia and the museum below deck, which is still drawing attention from guests approximately 50 years after its debut.

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TokyoMagic! said...

Thank you for the wonderful B & W series, Dave....I am going to miss it. Is that the same lady that was walking with the cat at the motel in Part 1?

Looks like someone broke the crank off the side of the telephone in the "today" shot, or maybe they have had to remove it because of overzealous crankers.

Daveland said...

Yes - that appears to be the same lady from the motel. Glad you liked the series!

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

This is my favorite series of yours also Dave. The super framing and black & white "starkness" makes these seem like they were taken intentionally to preserve the moment, and it worked!

The Golden Horseshoe is a true step back in time, I love to go upstairs and peek out the windows, there's lots of original detail up there, those huge circular A/C vents say 1950's all over them!.

Beautiful Columbia photos, nice camera work. I just checked upon the old phone on my last visit, it's still the same party on the line too! THANKS SO MUCH for this this series!

The Viewliner Limited said...

With doubt a great series of B&W. The Kodak pic is awesome. And a very group of Columbia pics. Great stuff Dave! Very much appreciated.

Major Pepperidge said...

Alright! That Kodak interior confirms that my photo from a few months ago really IS from that store (I obviously wasn't entirely certain). Thanks!