Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Fashion Week Pt. 2



Continuing with vintage fashion week is this February 1972 shot also from New Orleans Square. The accompanying publicity blurb:

EVENING ELEGANCE - - Inspired by the rich surroundings of Disneyland's New Orleans Square, Cheryl prepares for an evening of elegance in her creation from the Fashion Gallery at Bullock's La Habra. Sleek lines form a bold impression of color in this new season's shawl look, deeply fringed, designed by Mr. Blackwell. This will be just one of the in-look fashions showcased by Bullock's La Habra during Disneyland's "Cinderella Festival," March 3-4.



Looks like Mlle. Antoinette's has been around quite awhile!



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Monday, January 15, 2018

Fashion Week at Daveland!



For no other reason than just because, I am declaring this week "Fashion Week." This recently acquired vintage image from February 1972 more than justifies it in my book! Here is the vintage publicity blurb that accompanied this photo:

CAJUN QUEEN - - Dressed in a striking Anne Klein designed ensemble from the new Innovator Shop at Bullock's La Habra, Cheryl pauses on one of the quaint streets in Disneyland's New Orleans Square. Her vibrant red blazer is complemented perfectly by the raw silk blouse and all-linen plaid skirt. Bullock's La Habra was one of our fashion leaders presenting 1972's most exciting creations during Disneyland's "Cinderella Festival," March 3-4.

A closeup of the signage for Lafitte's Silver Shop and Cristal d'Orleans:



Looks like the original Cristal d'Orleans sign is still there:



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Friday, January 12, 2018

Vintage East Center Street



Two more vintage gems from Disneyland show East Center Street. In this February 1958 shot, a well-dressed guest is looking in the window of Gibson Greeting Cards.



This undated shot is most likely from the same period, giving us more of a view to the right.



Care to visit the Pen Shop?



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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Is it live or is it...



This October 1962 image is a new acquisition to the Daveland collection. I am still going to guess that this "animal" is of the taxidermied vs. the "live" variety. A closeup of the nearby signage:



Here are the other images I have of the same image. I'll let you decide if Walt actually had a real animal on display or not. August 1956:



1956:



1950s:



July 1967:



I think it's pretty safe to say that by the time Walt acquired this beast, it had already been "put to pasture."

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Fess Gives A Tour



While Disneyland was still under construction, it appears that it fell to Fess Parker, aka TV's Davy Crockett, to give a tour to two suits. 160 acres of happiness...what a great tagline!



Thomas Brittinghame appears to have worked for Needham, Louis, & Brurby, which from what I can tell was some time of Advertising Firm out of Chicago.



Frank Pittman is the name of the gentleman next to Fess. I just love zooming in and being a Gladys Kravitz!



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Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Disneyland Opening Day: Eve Arden



A vintage shot showing actress Eve Arden (TV star best known for "Our Miss Brooks" and "The Mothers-In-Law") on Disneyland's Opening Day. I am sure a number Disney collectors would love to have some of those toys! Eve's kids just look a little spooked.

From the vintage publicity blurb:

EVE ARDEN, her actor-husband, Brooks West, and their two daughters Liza, left, and Connie, examine souvenir dolls at Disneyland which opened recently at Anaheim, Calif.

Arden was married to West from 1952 until his death in 1984 from a heart ailment at 67.

Fans of "I Love Lucy" might remember Arden's cameo in the famous "Hollywood at Last" episode, where the veteran actress is seated at a table next to Ethel, Fred, and Lucy.



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Monday, January 08, 2018

The W in San Francisco



On my very first trip to San Francisco, I stayed at the W Hotel. Fifteen years later, I gave it another whirl...and also wanted to update some of my photos. Back in 2002, I was still shooting with a film camera...and still using a flash (yikes). You can see 2017 vs. 2002 in these exterior shots. I'd like to think I've made some improvements during that time!



I enjoyed my first stay at the W. It was still fairly new, and had enough attitude to remind you. I remember attempting to take a photo of the dining room and the snotty little hostess chastised me, telling me that the room was copyrighted. I'd love to know what she's doing these days. On this visit, there was no such reprimand when I dined at Trace, the W's in-house restaurant.



The staff was friendly, attentive, and had none of the snooty attitude that had purveyed the property fifteen years previously. I might also add that for a Saturday night, the restaurant was fairly empty.



It certainly wasn't because of the food, which I enjoyed thoroughly.



Especially the dessert. You know I'm a sucker for sweets.



The rest of the property had been refreshed since my first stay and was in very good shape. Speaking of good shape...how about starting off your new year fitness resolutions here in this gym?



The room was clean and well decorated; I do like the W aesthetic.





My room (and photography) from fifteen years ago:



I've come a long way, baby.

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Sunday, January 07, 2018

Sunset at the Mansion



Nothing like a good flu bug to help you get caught up on your website and make you realize you have photos from almost 2 years ago that haven't yet seen the light of day.



These sunset gems from the Haunted Mansion don't really need a whole lot of explanation.









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Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Night and Day: The Monorail



Just getting back into the swing of things from the holidays, my first post for the New Year features three vintage shots of the Monorail. The first is an evening shot from August 1962.

The yellow Monorail during daylight, circa July 1963:



One more of the Yellow Monorail, from February 1971. How about those festive balloons? A+ to our vintage photographer for composition and color!



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