Sunday, April 26, 2009

November 1959: In Living Color, Pt. 3

At the time these photos were taken, guests had a choice in Autopias; unfortunately for our photographer, he was probably just a little too big for the Junior Autopia. Can you imagine taking the time for a goofy shot like this today? You’d probably be run over by angry guests. Scarf-Gal seems to be having a blast in her jaunty little Autopia car. In this closeup, you can see the badge of this tie-wearing cast member who is assisting Scarf-Gal: A beautiful blue Monorail is zooming over the Submarine Voyage lagoon. At this point, the Monorails were less than 6 months old. The General Dynamics sponsorship for the Subs is far from subtle here! Scarf-Gal actually looks a little seasick as she gets back to dry land from her voyage on the Skate sub. More to come tomorrow! See more vintage & current Tomorrowland photos at my regular website.


CoxPilot said...

Wonderful color and clarity to these pictures. The picture of the blue monorail with the General Dynamics sign is a rare find. By the way, that's the tower to which they welded on the Yachtsman stage about a year after that photo.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

This is a stunning set Dave. Hey, I thought the Yachtsmans stage was always on that tower. The blue monorail looks so new and shiny, i love it! Thanks Dave!

Major Pepperidge said...

These are so great. Crowds look light, that's why the guy could take his goofy picture!

CoxPilot said...

Check out this photo of the Yachtsman's stage in Dave's other photos.

You can see the vertical support pipes in both shots. This view is the looking from the opposite side, and you can see how the stage was an additional structure that was added.

I believe that the quartet moved around in close proximity to the yacht bar and sub ride for a while, and was originally thought to entertain the people in the long lines for the Sub Ride. Later; It was decided that they needed a permanent stage, as apposed to a traveling act such as the barbershop quartet on main street. The stage gave the group a dignified hero-esc air.