Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Woolsey Fire



Almost a week after it started, the horrendous Los Angeles Woolsey fire is only at about 57% containment. The loss of lives and property is devastating to the residents of Malibu and surrounding areas. The Woolsey Fire is now one of the largest on record for Los Angeles County, dating back more than 100 years. The fire has destroyed at least 504 structures, damaged 96 others, and burned 98,362 acres according to the L.A. County Fire Department. Approximately 57,000 more are still threatened.

The cause of the Woolsey Fire remains under investigation.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Lurking in the Bushes, July 1960



It’s time to show off my newest acquisition in the Scary Mickey/Minnie collection. Yes, these two lurking in the bushes by the Main Street Train Station at Disneyland would scare the s$%t out of most people. Especially Minnie, with her hands wrapped around the railing and her nose perched on top of it.



In case you crave more (you know you do, dahling!), here’s Mickey circa March 1960:



Undated in the 1960’s. He’s sucking the life out of this guest while tightly holding her hand.



Still, not quite as scary as Mickey and Minnie from January 1959.



Hope you enjoyed this morning’s blog post. More of a jolt than a cup of java!

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Temple Tuesday: Shirley on Location, Pt. 1



Shirley Temple created most of her movie magic within the confines of a soundstage; it was a rare occasion that her films were shot on location. However, as with anything in life there are a few exceptions. Melissa (aka “The Colonel”) and I drove all over Los Angeles hunting for these somewhat hidden gems. For regular readers, today’s post will be a bit of a rehash, but if you stay with the series, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed! For part 1, it’s back to the Los Angeles Arboretum where a brief scene from 1940’s “Young People” was filmed at the former Santa Anita depot.



Since it was my second visit here, I focused on the details:





Melissa was busy soaking up the experience and trying to wrap her brain around the fact that Shirley filmed her last childhood movie at 20th Century Fox here.



We also explored the rest of the Arboretum which was jam-packed full of whimsical creatures for the Magical Lantern Art Festival. I am imagining it is much more spectacular at night.







We both felt that this display of lollipops and candy was a nod to Shirley’s theme song, “On the Good Ship Lollipop.”



On the previous visit, I got to see the house used at the beginning of each episode of “Fantasy Island”:



This time we also checked out the nearby stable, with matching architecture:





Beautiful interior woodwork:





And a few vintage vehicles stored inside:



A peacock bade us farewell as we left the Arboretum to head to our next destination.



Stay tuned for part 2 as we venture to the house used in 1934’s “Bright Eyes”!



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Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Temple Tuesday: Mary gets the shaft



Mary Nash: one of the greatest female villains in Hollywood history. Not only did she torment Shirley Temple in “Heidi,” but she came back two years later to lock her in an attic in “The Little Princess.” As a result, the poor lady had to wear the same wardrobe in both movies! See for yourself in these two stills from those movies. Exhibit A shows her with Marcia Mae Jones, Sidney Blackmer, and Shirley in “Heidi,” 1937. Exhibit B below shows her with Shirley in “The Little Princess.”



Didn’t believe me? Here's the attic:



As if once recycled costume wasn’t bad enough, there were TWO outfits that Nash had to wear in both movies. Oh the shame! Here she is in “Heidi”:



…and in “The Little Princess.” Sorry Mary; hiding behind a desk won’t disguise this economy by 20th Century Fox!



This particular costume has survived the years and is owned by film costume collector supreme, Nicholas Inglis. Here are a few shots from his Instagram account:







To round out the post, here are a few other vintage stills from “Heidi” that you can hiss at!





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Monday, November 05, 2018

Judy at the Calliope



The first shot for today is from September 1965 and shows Mae Mennes playing the calliope at Knott’s Berry Farm. Jim, a former Anaheim resident, sent me this information about a relative who once worked at Knott’s Berry Farm:

My mother-in-law's niece, Judy Glidewell (now Neilson), worked at the Bird Cage Theater in 1966 and 1967 with Steve Martin and Kathy Westmoreland. Judy played the calliope before the shows and also piano. She had graduated from Buena Park High School, and went to Redlands University and later Cal State Fullerton. She is now 70 and lives in Huntington Beach.



I found this newspaper article from a Redlands, California paper in 1967, when Judy, Steve Martin, and another Bird Cage performer performed at a show one evening. The last 3 paragraphs deal with the Bird Cage Theater, Judy, and Steve.



Also, a poster I saw on eBay, but could not buy, can't make it out well, but can see Judy's name in the program.






I love getting information like this. You might recall from previous posts that the Bird Cage is where Steve Martin made his stage debut. Here he is in 1965 with Melody Westmoreland:



Steve let me know that Don Galvan, also listed on the flyer “played banjo out in front of the Bird Cage on the calliope. He was bitter, but a big Mexican movie star at one time.”



Last shot for today is how the Bird Cage Theatre and the Calliope look today. Not bad!



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Friday, November 02, 2018

You Never Know



I love when this stuff happens. Awhile back, I was contacted by John from Houston, yet another person who had just stumbled upon my blog after a google search and found a shot of his Aunt in the photo shown above from September 1957 at the Disneyland Hotel.

“Just wanted to email you after I found a photo of the woman’s softball team from Indianapolis - The Anchorettes. My aunt, Helen Stegemoller was a pitcher for the team and I remember watching some of her games. She is on the far right of the middle row. Helen passed away this week in Indianapolis, never left the city she was born in - she was 86. Sometime after her softball career, she was inducted into the Softball Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. Again, thanks for the picture that i have never seen before. You never know who will read your articles.”

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Thursday, November 01, 2018

Alice in Fantasyland September 1964



This September 1964 image shows The Mad Hatter, The White Rabbit, and Alice in Wonderland interacting with a few guests in Fantasyland. The oval netting in the band of the Mad Hatter’s hat is so that the cast member inside the costume can see out.



While we’re in Fantasyland, how about a 1956 shot of the Mad Tea Party? Fantasyland looks so different with its original fa├žades meant to resemble medieval traveling tournament tents.



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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Old Santa Rosa Chapel



Anyone who has traveled with me knows that I typically seek out old cemeteries as I think they are a slice of history, art, and storytelling. For this Halloween, I am featuring The Santa Rosa Chapel, located in Cambria, California. I stumbled upon it during my first visit there in 2010 and returned again this year.



How about that doorknob?



The chapel was built in 1970 for the local Roman Catholic community by Henry Williams and was the first church built in the county after its establishment in 1850.





Its congregation included guests of William Randolph Hearst, Marion Davies, Gary Cooper and Bing Crosby. Why would friends of these celebrities be found here? Because William Randolph Hearst’s San Simeon property (aka Hearst Castle) was just down the road.



How the same headstone looked 8 years before:



The final Mass at this cemetery was celebrated in the Chapel on May 26, 1963.





From the Chapel’s website:

After its closing, the chapel and cemetery fell into a state of neglect and disrepair with both the chapel and cemetery incurring vandalism. In 1978, Cambria natives Marina Curti and Clementine Newman formed the Santa Rosa Chapel committee and spearheaded the restoration project for seven years. The chapel was rededicated for community use on September 16, 1984.

While there, I encountered this beautiful animal:



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