Thursday, July 19, 2018

New York Public Library



The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of the New York Public Library is the central building...the head honcho...the flagship...aka the main branch of all the New York Public Libraries. I just call it gorgeous.



If you've seen the "Sex and the City" movie, then you're familiar with this architectural beauty, which is where Carrie got ditched at the "altar."



I believe this is the staircase where that shot was taken. It was hard enough to get these shots without any people, let alone match the angles. Cut me some slack, please!



Moving on to some other breathtaking locations within this Beaux Arts wonder:





The Rose Main Reading Room:







Besides books and architecture, you can see great paintings that range from George Washington...



to Truman Capote:



The two stone lions that guard over the Library were sculpted by Edward Clark Potter. You might recognize them (and the building) from the 1978 movie musical "The Wiz."



If you're ever in New York City, this is definitely one stop to put on your agenda!

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Merlin's And Briar Rose



Sixty-three years ago today, Disneyland opened to the general public. Yes, I realize I didn't acknowledge the official first day anniversary yesterday; I could say I was being a rebel, but I think all you readers are smart enough to smell the BS. Without further adieu, let's examine Merlin's Magic Shop in Fantasyland. First up is a 1964 image that yields two fun closeups. Anybody need to send a postcard home to the folks who couldn't make it?



A glimpse at the merchandise in the shop window; see anything you'd like?



Move ahead a few decades to the 80s and Merlin's has become Briar Rose Cottage.



You can still send postcards. Phew.





The shop windows seem to be more about Disney dolls and figurines than magic. I spot an assortment of Mickey Mouses as well as a Jiminy Cricket.



Its next stint was as the Castle Heraldry Shoppe from 2008—2017.



Since my last visit to the Park (coming up on two years!) it has become a year-round Christmas shop.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

80s Flashback: Fantasyland, Pt. 2



Today's 1980s images show The Village Haus, the little restaurant tucked into the back of Fantasyland.





Even zooming in, too blurry to really read the sign. Sorry folks!



The last shot I got of the Village Haus before it was rethemed and renamed:



Today it's the Red Rose Taverne, a quick-service "Beauty and the Beast" themed tavern for casual fare with a "dash of French flair" that's open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

80s Flashback: Fantasyland, Pt. 1



I believe that the original Sleeping Beauty Diorama was gone at the point this 1980s photo was taken, having been replaced with the "Barbie Doll" version in 1977.



A contemporary comparison view:



The entrance to Tomorrowland behind the Castle then…



and now, minus the germanic art above the portal:



Back to the 80s:



A closeup of the Ford pickup truck bumper sticker which says "Quality is Contagious."



More random Fantasyland views:





Closing in you can see some Cinderella figurines:



A view of the King Arthur Carrousel shot near the entrance to the Snow White attraction:





A zoom-in view reveals Captain Hook and signage for the Castle Christmas Shop:



Exterior Castle views:





This is probably one of my favorites from the set: no people and a great view of the back of the Castle that includes the Sword in the Stone:



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Friday, July 13, 2018

Futurama Friday, Pt. 1



I know very little about these amazing images, other than the seller said that they were from the estate of a man who worked on the design/build of the Kelvinator "Atoms For Living" kitchen at Disneyland's Monsanto House of the Future. Images one and two appear to be color renderings of the kitchen area.



These next three black and white images look like they were shot during the construction phase.



The Monsanto House of the Future is one of those cult-like kitschy pieces of vintage Disneyland. People love hearing the story about how the wrecking ball bounced off of the home's exterior when Disney attempted to tear it down to make way for a "new" Tomorrowland.





A model poses in a very bare kitchen.



Come back again next week to see what the kitchen looks like with props!

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

80s Flashback: Storybook Land Pt. 2



This morning it's back to Storybook Land, circa the 1980s. Let's zoom in a bit for a better look at Gepetto's Village. How many previously unnoticed details can you see?



Views of two of the windmills that were featured in the 1937 Silly Symphony, "The Old Mill."





Last one for today shows Alice's Village...as in Alice in Wonderland.



Just read the sign if you don't believe me!



A functioning water wheel. Wow!



A contemporary shot from dusk:



Still more 80s magic to come!

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