Thursday, October 18, 2018

Lady Guinevere at Disneyland



While the Canal Boats of the World attraction was completely retimed and improved by June 1956, it would appear that the boats themselves didn’t take on the names of Disney characters until later. Here’s a shot of the Lady Guinevere boat about to enter Monstro the Whale.

Here’s an overhead shot of the attraction from 1956:



Anyone know what the vehicle is at top? The Viewliner under construction perhaps? A bus?



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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Forever Plaid



I dig the gal in the plaid pants and she is totally rockin' them outside the Monsanto House of the Future. The two older ladies next to her are green with envy that they didn't think to wear plaid, too. We can also see our January 1959 fashionable gal standing with her beau outside the Main Street Train Station.



Closeup? Of course!



Panning up to the population sign, as of January 1959 over 10,000,000 guests had graced Disneyland with their hard earned money. If you look real close you can see a Harvey Girl inside the door.



Only three years earlier, population was just half that amount.



Pulling back to see the entire 1956 image, the Autopia poster still reigned supreme.



Last up for today since we’re on a roll for the Disneyland Railroad, you can see the companion 1956 shot of the C.K. Holliday resting up before the next Grand Circle Tour.



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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Temple Tuesday: Honeymoon Dancing



For today's Temple Tuesday, a vintage shot of Shirley dancing in the 1947 film “Honeymoon.” From the attached publicity blurb:

DANCE ATHLETE

A dance director must be prepared for all emergencies. When an actor he had trained to dance opposite Shirley Temple in “Honeymoon” became ill, O’Curran had to find a last-minute replacement. Result was that the personable O’Curran stepped into the role himself. He’s the dancing violinist you’ll see on the screen with Shirley in the forthcoming RKO Radio picture.

But he’s apt to take on any job. Next thing you know he may be teaching footwork to a prizefighter. And that, too, would be all in a day’s work for Charles O’Curran -- dance athlete.


Here’s another publicity still from the film with Shirley about to lock lips with costar Guy Madison:



Interestingly enough, on the back of that vintage still is this sketch. Not bad. I have no idea what it’s about, but still a very cool fashion illustration.



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Monday, October 15, 2018

Monday in Michigan



The Hotel for the 2018 UCDA Design Conference was the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids. Half historic, half modern, this facility was originally known as The Pantlind hotel opened in 1916 after three years of construction. Fashioned after English Adams architecture by designers Warren and Wetmore, the hotel's special details included one of the world's largest gold-leaf ceilings and two incredible chandeliers, both located in the lobby.



By 1925, the Pantlind hotel was ranked “One of the 10 Finest Hotels in America.” As often happens with the passage of time and fashion, along with downtown Grand Rapids, the Pantlind fell from favor as people discovered the suburbs. The Amway Corporation acquired the historic Pantlind in 1979 and carefully restored it to its former glory. The Amway Grand Plaza re-opened in 1981, presided over by President Gerald R. Ford and his wife Betty Ford during a formal black-tie gathering. A 29-story Glass Tower was added in 1983 by Marvin DeWinter & Associates.



The hotel definitely has two distinct styles, as can be seen in this shot of the historic Imperial Ballroom (formerly a bank):



versus this shot of the modern lobby bar:



My room was in the historic section of the hotel (which was just fine with me!). It had been nicely furnished and still had the feel of an older property (again, just fine here!).



But the fitness center was anything but historic. I loved the pool, the workout room, and at some point I SHOULD have used the jacuzzi!!



PLENTY of the historic details that I love!





Especially on the exterior!



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Friday, October 12, 2018

Fulton St. Cemetery



Established in 1838, the Fulton Street Cemetery has a touch of Poltergeist, in that its first inhabitants had been moved another early burying ground in Grand Rapids. I stumbled upon it as I was doing my morning run....WITHOUT my camera. Lesson learned, as I had to walk back later in the day to make up for my error!



The markers for the young always make me sad. You can almost feel the grief of the parents as you view these tributes to their beloved who died at an early age.



Besides the elaborate carvings and craftsmanship, I also like seeing the moss and marks of age that show these headstones to be old.



Many Masons buried here; on this one, the carver did an excellent job of creating a draped fabric out of the hard stone.



Many of the markers were flat in the ground; this one appeared to be in the process of being swallowed up by the earth.



This regal lady has been guarding this tomb since 1860. And she still looks damn good!



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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Early Opera House



This June 1958 shot shows the Main Street Opera House before it really had much of a purpose. Abe Lincoln had not yet come home to roost. The display poster heralds the recently unveiled Grand Canyon Diorama.



I wish I could see those window displays better! The Alice attraction was also recently opened at the time; the poster is peeking out behind the Horseless Carriage.



When this November 1964 image was taken, the Opera House was serving as the Mickey Mouse Club Headquarters. Young guests could sign-up and receive an official membership card.



Less than a year later, Abe would kick Mickey out and make it his permanent home.



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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Ronald Colman at the Main Street Cinema



It’s June 1958 and the Main Street Cinema is featuring “Lady Windermere's Fan,” a 1925 silent film starring Ronald Colman. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch, it was based on the Oscar Wilde play of the same name. I would be curious to know if the entire film was shown or just an abridged version.



Isn’t Colman dashing?



The A-Frame in front of the Cinema shows that “The Plumber,” a 1914 silent comedy with Charles Murray is playing as well.

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Friday, October 05, 2018

Monorail on a Friday



Just a quickie for today. When I saw this May 1963 image, I was immediately on slobber mode because of the unique overhead view which was most likely captured from a Skyway bucket. All I can say about the photographer is that I am impressed by the steady hands! How about a closeup of the front?



Just to add a little value, here’s another May 1963 yellow Monorail shot:



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Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Journey Down Main Street, U.S.A. 1956



Join me as we stroll down Disneyland's Main Street, U.S.A. circa 1956. Our first image shows the Main Street Cinema. Zooming in, it would seem that back in the day there was a real person working inside the Cinema's ticket booth, versus Tilly the “dummy” that's there now.



This one appears to have been shot while our National Anthem was being played.



A tighter crop of the same shot, taken in front of the Gibson Greeting Card Shop.



You can almost smell the popcorn roasting in this little cart outside the Gibson Shop.



A closeup of the little mechanical clown doing all the work:



At the end of Main Street, Vesey Walker leads the Disneyland Band towards Central Plaza.



Zooming in, we can see a Circus Wagon from the former Mickey Mouse Club Circus, now being operated by Professor George J. Keller.



A Surrey takes guests around the Plaza.



I drop you off at the Sleeping Beauty Castle:



A closeup of the driver of the newfangled horseless carriage:



...and a sign that has seen better days:



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