Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Morning After

My first visit to New Orleans was as cool as I thought it would be. At night, Bourbon Street was alive, crowded with revelers and looky-loos, as an "anything goes" atmosphere pervaded.

The next morning, Bourbon Street was a ghost town. Being an early bird, I was up at the crack of dawn, surveying the damage...and the smells. A huge water truck lumbered down Bourbon, hosing the waste into the drains from the previous night's damage. When I saw this vintage May 1949 image, I had to have it, as it was the perfect image (albeit on a smaller scale) to corroborate my memory.

From "Garden & Gun" magazine in an article by John T. Edge:

"New Orleans smells of funk and fecundity. Of French Quarter Dumpster juice and Garden District bougainvillea. Of bruised magnolia blossoms and spent Sazeracs. In Jitterbug Perfume, my second-favorite book inspired by the city, Tom Robbins wrote that Louisiana, right around this time of year, is 'like an obscene phone call from nature.'"

That pretty much sums it up. If you ever get to visit New Orleans, I suggest you sleep in and miss the early morning cleanup!

See more vintage and current New Orleans photos on my New Orleans photo web pages.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Disneyland Guided Tour, Circa 1962: Tomorrowland, Pt. 2

The last installment of the 1962 Disneyland Tour Guide Script begins at Tomorrowland's...


Here is the Art of Animation where you will see the various stages in the development of animation from the beginning of time to the very present. This exhibit will give you an idea of how Mickey Mouse and the whole Walt Disney tradition was born. It takes three years to produce a full-length cartoon feature. Here Disney artists and characters alike combine to show you the technical processes necessary for such an undertaking. You will also have an opportunity to meet the latest Walt Disney character - Ludwig von Drake!


Here at the entrance to Tomorrowland, is the Avenue of Flags. Lining the path are the Flags of our United States arranged in the order of their admittance to the Union. On each flag pole you will find the name of the state, the date it was admitted to the union and its motto.

Here is the "World Time Clock" provided by the Timex Corporation and designed by the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. This clock tells the time of day anywhere in the world at a moment's glance.

To the left of the Avenue of Flags you will find the Monsanto Home of the Future. This modern home features such elements as a television doorbell, ultrasonic dishwasher, and a microwave oven which cooks a potato in three minutes. The Home of the Future is one of the many walk-through exhibits in Disneyland which you can visit after the tour without charge.

The Bell Telephone Company invites you to see the latest innovations in telephone communications and also the Circarama film "America the Beautiful." This unique motion pictures is projected on a 360 degree screen completely surrounding the viewing audience. "America the Beautiful" offers a breathtaking sight-seeing experience of our great United States.

Now that we have completed our rounds, I would like to thank you for joining our tour and for being such a wonderful group. I have enjoyed showing you the Magic Kingdom and hop you enjoy the rest of your stay here in the park. Remember to use your extra ticket for any one attraction in the park and also try to make it back to Frontierland for the Golden Horseshoe Show. The last performance will be at __________. Disneyland will remain open until _____ this evening.

If you have any questions, anything I might help you with before we part I'll be happy to assist you.

I would like to leave you with this thought. We began our tour in Town Square. There at the base of the flagpole is the Disneyland dedication plaque which reads, "Disneyland is dedicated to the dreams, the ideals, and the hard facts that have created America with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world." We sinerely hope that through your tour today you have shared in a part of this spirit.

I hope you enjoyed your vintage 1962 Guided Tour as much as I enjoyed putting it together!

See more vintage and current Tomorrowland photos on my Tomorrowland page.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Disneyland Guided Tour, Circa 1962: Tomorrowland, Pt. 1

Today's 1962 Disneyland Tour Guide Script installment moves us from Fantasyland's Matterhorn to Tomorrowland's...


Before we glide off on the Monorail train, I would like to call your attention to the Disneyland rocket ship behind us which will take you on an interesting and exciting simulated flight to the moon.

The rocket is 80' high and was built at the Disney Studios in Burbank under the technical direction of Dr. Werner von Braun.

This is a scale model of what an actual rocket to the moon might look like in the future. It is interesting to note that Dr. von Braun helped develop simulated space flight for Walt Disney before he worked on such activities for the United States Government.

Over there is the Autopia, the freeway of the future. These cars travel 850,000 miles each year! Each car has a four gallon gas tank that will run for 12 hours continuously without refueling!

Directly in front of us is the submarine ride. Here at Disneyland we have one of the world's largest submarine fleets, each named after one of the ships in the United States Atomic Powered Fleet.

Here you may journey through the graveyard of sunken ships, under the polar ice cap, past the lost continent of Atlantis, and witness an underground volcanic eruption. Our submarine fleet travels approximately 20,000 miles each year.

We are now going to have an itneresting experience on the first daily operating Monorail train in the Western Hemisphere—The Disneyland-Alweg Monorail system. These futuristic trains, electrically operated and each holding 102 passengers, are now in the planning stages for high speed urban transportation in several large cities throughout the United States.

Our trip will take us along the 2.5 miles of elevated beamway to the Disneyland Hotel and back here to Tomorrowland for an exciting aerial view of the entire area. Please follow me as we take the ultramodern speedramp to the Monorail Landing…watch your step.

To resume your vintage tour, come back tomorrow and meet us for more Tomorrowland!

See more vintage and current Fantasyland photos on my Fantasyland page.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Disneyland Guided Tour, Circa 1962: The Matterhorn

Welcome back to the 1962 Disneyland Tour Guide Script series, which begins at the...


We are now at the base of the Matterhorn mountain which is built to a 1/100th scale of the Swiss Matterhorn.

This mountain you see here is the highest man made structure in Orange County. You probably noticed the bobsleds riding down the icy slopes of the Matterhorn and splashing through a glacier lake at the bottom.

On weekends and holidays our two young mountain cliimbers, Hans and Otto, attempt to scale the mountain's trecherous slopes.

Now let's step into the year 1986 when Halley's comet is due to return, and see what the future holds in the Land of Tomorrow.

To resume your vintage tour, come back tomorrow and meet us at The Monorail!

See more vintage and current Fantasyland photos on my Fantasyland page.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Disneyland Guided Tour, Circa 1962: Fantasyland

Today's 1962 Disneyland Tour Guide Script series is set in...


There are many exciting adventures here in Fantasyland for young and old alike.

Our King Arthur Carrousel is the finest of its type in the world, with 72 hand carved steeds.

The themes of the four dark adventures in Fantasyland each depict one of Walt's favorite pictures in a most exciting way.

Snow White (with Alice & The Mad Hatter in front):


Mr. Toad:

Peter Pan:

The Skyway, overhead, gives you a wonderful aerial view of the park...

and will take you through the Matterhorn mountain to Tomorrowland—or from Tomorrowland to Fantasyland.

To resume your vintage tour, come back tomorrow and meet us at The Matterhorn!

See more vintage and current Fantasyland photos on my Fantasyland page.