Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Portland Adventures, Pt. 3: Waterfront Sunrise



One of the things I enjoyed most about my stay in Portland for the 2019 UCDA Design Conference was being able to get a good morning run in along the waterfront. Unencumbered by stoplights, the waterfront provided gorgeous views and the ability to run continuously for over an hour. Thank you Portland! One morning, I actually ran with the camera so that I could capture the sunrise and the silhouette of the city.

While the majority of the waterfront run was on flat territory, there were enough dips, turns, bridges, and stairs (if you chose to use them) to keep things interesting.



And the moon was still shining; yes, it was an early morning run!







The Maritime Museum is located on this little boat; unfortunately according to signage it was closed due to maintenance and lack of volunteers.



In the distance you can see Mount Hood:



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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Temple Tuesday: Evoking A Ghost



In the 1940 Shirley Temple movie, “Young People,” Darryl Zanuck wanted to bring back the ghost of little Shirley by inserting clips from her earlier movies. Jack Oakie and Charlotte Greenwood play Joe and Kit Ballantine, two vaudevillians who end up adopting little Wendy (Shirley), a tot left to them by very dear friends who had recently gone to that great stage up in the sky.

Once Wendy is old enough, she joins the act, beginning with this hula number.



For the long shot, a double was used quite convincingly. Sadly, I could not find out who played little Shirley. IMDB has just about every unbilled extra listed save for this one.



When the camera cuts in closer, the audience is treated to a clip of Shirley from the 1935 movie “Curly Top.” The production team did a very nice job of making the new footage blend seamlessly with the old.



Not so much with the next number.



The Ballantines satirize Shirley’s hit “Baby Take A Bow” by singing how much they can’t stand each other. Their number is mildly comical...and I’m being kind here.



Note the dancing ladies that are part of the curtain:



Kit dances off the stage and Shirley’s double enters stage right:



The closeup takes us back to 1934 Shirley, when she first wowed audiences in “Stand Up And Cheer”:



Back to the dancing ladies on the curtain...this was Fox’s way of attempting to simulate the real dancing girls that were part of the background in the original scene. Even as a little kid, I wasn’t fooled by this cheap shenanigan!



For the next number which brings us up to present day (circa 1940), Shirley is all grown up!



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Monday, October 21, 2019

Monday on the Viewliner



The Viewliner may have been small in size, but it was a mighty huge step towards having a transportation system at Disneyland that would be sleek and futuristic. Operating only from June 26, 1957 to September 15, 1958, the Viewliner inspired the Monorail, which still operates today. This March 1958 image shows it near the Tomorrowland station, with the Yacht Bar in the background.



This previously posted image from September 1958 shows the Viewliner in approximately the same area, but from a different vantage point: overhead from a Skyway bucket.



Front:



…and Back:



Just for comparison sake, here are guests and the conductor standing next to the Viewliner, circa 1957:



…and a contemporary shot of a cast member next to the Monorail:



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Friday, October 18, 2019

Portland Adventures, Pt. 2: FALL!



One of the unexpected benefits of traveling to Portland for the UCDA Design Conference was encountering my favorite season: Fall. Living in San Diego, we really don’t get much in the way of seasonal change. When we complain about the cold, that means temperatures are in the 50s. The landscape near where I live just does not get the spectacular colors that I encountered in Portland on this visit.



The view from my hotel room:



…and from my walks around the city:







Not much else to say about the fall foliage other than ain’t Mother Nature grand?!?

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Portland Adventures, Pt. 1: Blue Star Donuts



At the UCDA 2019 Design Conference in Portland, the buzz was all about Voodoo Doughnuts. EVERYONE had to go to Voodoo Doughnuts.

Well, I’m not everyone. I listened to some very trusted sources and was told that Blue Star Donuts was the REAL place to go. So that’s where I went.



As I waited in line, I watched the craftsmanship of the donuts being made.



Founded in Portland back in 2012, I loved their vibe, the motto(s), and especially the donuts. I got the lemon curd/key lime and the PBJ. They were both delish.



Looking at their website I see they have hit SoCal. Planning my trip now!

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Temple Tuesday: Shirley and the Bellhop



Today’s image shows Shirley in her trailer at Fox in between takes of “Stowaway” with composer Harry Revel, who wrote the music for most of the songs she sang in that film. The story of the dress that Shirley is wearing can be found in my previous post.

This particular photo opportunity shows Revel gifting Shirley a Bellhop doll created by Lenci. These highly collectable dolls were made of pressed woolen felt, handcrafted in Turin from 1919 until 1944. I was able to see it in person in Santa Monica back in 2015 when it was part of the traveling exhibit for the “Love, Shirley Temple” auction.



From the auction description:

ITALIAN CHARACTER DOLL, THE BELLHOP, BY LENCI, GIFTED BY HARRY REVEL

28" high including attached hat. All-cloth chubby doll with composition mask face, movable disc googly eyes, sun ray painted lashes, tiny closed mouth, glued-on felt hair with stitched brush-mark details, felt hands and shoes, wearing stitched-on bright green felt bellhop costume including stitched-on hat, darker green piping, gilt buttons, and carrying a posy of felt flowers and a felt folded "message". Excellent condition with light surface craquelure around the nose and mouth, and with brilliant vivid colors of costume. The mask face googly series was made in Lenci of Italy in the mid-1930s. Included with the rare large and captivating doll is a vintage photograph of Shirley wearing a costume from "Stowaway" (1936) with Harry Revel who is presenting the doll to her and a letter from Harry Revel to Shirley's mother. The British-born composer wrote scores for a number of Hollywood films of the 1930s including the Shirley Temple films of "Stowaway" and "Poor Little Rich Girl".

Realized Price: $4,750
Presale Estimate: 1500+

The doll surfaced again in November 2018 at another Theriault’s auction. This time it only fetched $3,000...and mysteriously the letter from Revel to Gertrude Temple was not included.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Monday On The Mighty Mark Twain



Presented in chronological order (surprise!) is this set of vintage images featuring Disneyland’s Mark Twain. The first two are from 1956. Naturally, I had to zoom in to gawk at the guests; dig that Mickey Mouse balloon!



This nighttime shot of the Twain is a personal favorite from my collection.



Moving ahead a decade here are three shots from October 1966:







Final one for today is from April 1970:



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Friday, October 11, 2019

Too Pooped To Post



This image of Rock Hudson and Thelma Ritter from “Pillow Talk” says it all. Somebody needs to help me hold my head up. See you tomorrow.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

James Dean in San Diego



This series of images from 1956 was taken in downtown San Diego, and showcases the 1910 Broadway fountain designed by Irving Gill. In this first shot, you can juuuuuuuust see the theater marquee on the right side heralding James Dean in E. I’m assuming the movie is “East of Eden.” At the Cabrillo Theater the movie “Navy Wife” with Joan Bennett is playing as well as “Screaming Eagles” with Tom Tryon. And of course the Birdman of Alcatraz. Or San Diego. Or someplace. He just has a way with the birds.



Want to read the news? Durn litterbug.



This next image from the batch shows a wider view of the downtown plaza.



…and the Birdman.



A view of an information kiosk. Note the billboard at the top of the slide advertising singer Jane Froman and comic Jack Durant.



A closeup of the info kiosk:



Final shot from this trio pans to the left of where the Broadway Fountain is:



BRIEFLY returning to present day...the Hotel St. James sign barely visible in this previous image is still there today!



Back to the past...I wonder if the B/L Buffet has any vegan options?



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