Monday, September 17, 2018

More Janet Leigh at Storybook Land



A recently acquired addition to my collection expands my library of 1962 Janet Leigh and family images. Visiting the Park while then-husband Tony Curtis was filming “40 Pounds of Trouble,” today's post shows them on the Storybook Land attraction. First, daughters Jamie Leigh and Kelly Curtis seem to be enjoying the Big Bad Wolf. I wonder if this inspired Jamie Leigh's scream-queen career?

Boarding the attraction:



Look mom, there's Toad Hall!



A closeup:



A contemporary shot of Toad Hall, now in a different location:



Cruising along to Pinocchio's tableau:



A closeup of Gepetto's workshop:



And a contemporary view:



The last shot shows them enjoying Alice's Village:



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Friday, September 14, 2018

Fire Department Friday



Here’s a September 1958 shot of the Disneyland Fire Department, located in Town Square. You can see the same location from the reverse angle in this previously posted shot, also from the 1950s:



A contemporary shot of the Fire Department:



In other Park news, the Main Street U.S.A. group Hook and Ladder has been fired (very bad pun for a not so funny situation). The group's last performance is this month. They have been a wonderful musical addition to Town Square for years that were a tribute to the Firehouse Five Plus Two, the early Walt Disney Studios band made up of some of the Nine Old Men.



The Silver Dollar Six in Frontierland has also been let go; you might have seen them on the balcony of the Golden Horseshoe Saloon in Frontierland.



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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Sax in the City



Just one image for today from June 1958, featuring the Keystone Kops quartet playing their saxophones for guests in Central Plaza. I don't know the names of all the performers, but Bernie Flamen is the one on the right. He played sax and clarinet at Disneyland 1955–1960 and in Desi Arnaz’s “I Love Lucy” band.


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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Kate at Kent



And by Kate, I mean Katharine Hepburn. The Katharine Hepburn Dressed for Stage and Screen exhibit traveled around the country for the past seven years before landing back at the Kent State University Museum. You could almost feel Hepburn’s presence with this display of her signature slacks:



The costumes in the exhibition are all part of the Kent State University Museum’s permanent collection, a gift from Hepburn’s estate. Hepburn's performance clothes on display included stage costumes from “The Philadelphia Story”:



Coco:



Screen costumes from such classic films as “Adam's Rib”:



and the accompanying lobby card which features the same dress. Colorized as most lobby cards back in the day were, obviously the artist took liberties with the color of the dress:



“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”:



One of her television movies, “Love Among the Ruins”:



This memorable outfit from her Oscar winning performance in “On Golden Pond”:



The artist captured Hepburn perfectly in this vintage 1940 caricature; the signature looks like Susi Perlman:



A collection of Hepburn’s shoes, makeup, fall, and vintage movie magazines:



Unfortunately, the exhibit has now closed.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Back Side of Water in Fantasyland



I'm a collector; a completist; a crazy kind of guy who once he starts picking up a hobby has to have EVERYTHING to make his collection whole. It is for this very reason that I let out a “whoop” when I saw this August 1967 image come up for purchase. Why? Because I had almost every single view of the Skull Rock Cove waterfall feature at the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship Restaurant in Fantasyland EXCEPT from the back.

I had the front:



I even had a few side shots:





NOW I can sleep at night. Thanks for suffering through my neuroses here.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

The Skyway, Summer of 56



This Summer of 56 batch has yielded some amazing vintage views of the Park, including this journey on the Skyway attraction. For all you newbies, the original attraction had buckets that carried you from Fantasyland to Tomorrowland (and vice versa!).

At first glance, this just looks like an unfortunate composition of the buckets.



This zoom in view provides a glimpse of one of the Mickey Mouse Club Circus wagons.



I also did a close-up of this guest with his camera. Where's that footage now?!?



Sailing over the Storybook Land attraction:



Looks like maintenance is doing some landscape work:



And here we are at our final destination, the Fantasyland Skyway Station:



This gorgeous little structure had a long life, even lasting many years after the attraction had shut down.



Thanks to Ken at Stack's Liberty Ranch, we have this additional view of Robin Hood (this time without Will Scarlet). Looks like they posed with guests for $$. I wonder if they gave the proceeds to the poor?



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Friday, September 07, 2018

Summer of 56



These images were shot during the Summer of 1956. The Park had already welcomed over 5 million guests in just one year.



Over in Town Square, you can see the Horse-Drawn Streetcar...



as well as guests gawking through the peepholes to see what was going on at International Street. Sorry folks...it never came.



Over by the Castle it appears that there was some kind of Robin Hood show going on.



A closeup of the two performers:



Previously I posted two other shots in the same vicinity and the same time period:





And back to the “new” batch that I was featuring, I end this post with a shot of the character cutouts that were located near the Red Wagon Inn. How about that Disneyland pennant?



Make sure you order your copy off“Walt Disney's Disneyland” which features photos from the collection of yours truly.

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Thursday, September 06, 2018

Daveland Gets Published



The other day I awoke to a text from an east coast friend who alerted me that photos from my collection were being used in a CNN travel article. Jumping online I discovered that the article was touting the upcoming coffee table book by art publisher supreme Taschen which uses a large number of images from my archives (and yes, Taschen had worked with me to acquire the images for publication). What a great way to wake up!



The team at Taschen alerted me that my copy would be arriving soon which was even more exciting. What follows are a few images of the interior pages of Chris Nichols' book titled “Walt Disney's Disneyland.”



Here’s the promo copy for the book:

Discover the story of Disneyland, Walt Disney’s visionary theme park in Anaheim, California. This bountiful visual history includes stunning color photographs, concept drawings, as well as ephemera from the historical collections of the Walt Disney Company and the golden age of photojournalism, to trace the park’s development and immersive world of magic and wonder, from Main Street, U.S.A. to Tomorrowland.



This bountiful visual history draws on Disney’s vast historical collections, private archives, and the golden age of photojournalism to provide unique access to the concept, development, launch, and enjoyment of this sun-drenched oasis of fun and fantasy.



Disneyland documents Walt’s earliest inspirations and ideas; the park’s extraordinary feats of design and engineering; its grand opening; each of its immersive “lands” from Main Street, U.S.A., to Tomorrowland; and the park’s evolution through the six decades since it opened. It is a treasure trove of original Disney documentation and expertise, with award-winning writer Chris Nichols drawing on his extensive knowledge of both Disneyland and Southern California history to reveal the fascinating tale of “the happiest place on Earth.”



Who is this Chris Nichols guy you ask? He’s a writer and historian specializing in Southern Californian architecture and culture and the author of The Leisure Architecture of Wayne McAllister and a long-time historic preservationist whose work has been profiled in Smithsonian magazine, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and LA Weekly. Nichols also serves on the board of directors of the Hollywood Heritage Museum, and his live appearances, lectures, exhibitions, and tours have enjoyed sell-out crowds. He currently writes Los Angeles magazine’s “Ask Chris” column.



This colorful volume is a hefty 328 pages and measures 9.4" x 12.9"



Ready to order this GORGEOUS volume yet? Head to the Taschen website where you can get your own copy!

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