Friday, September 23, 2022

Details for my wonderful readers

In yesterday’s post, I was too lazy to figure out where exactly this February 1970 Town Square shot was taken. Daveland reader Chuck had obviously had his Wheaties and was able to find this other shot from my collection circa October 1970:

…which also gives a great detailed view of the window display:

Chuck also noticed something else in this photo from yesterday’s post:

Is that a Snoopy plush toy in the window display at Disneyland? If only that little girl had moved her head over a bit!

Chuck also suggested I look at this Summer 1955 image from my collection as well:

When I looked at the folder with the images from that batch, I noticed that it appeared that the photographer might have been attempting to take a panoramic shot of the entire Town Square. Through the miracles of photoshop, I combined four separate photos and came up with this:

Yes, I see that in part of the image, the tracks for the Horse Drawn Streetcar don’t line up. I’ll put that on my project list to fix!

Thanks, Chuck! See more Disneyland Town Square photos at my main website.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

February 1970 at Disneyland, Pt. 2

It’s back to February 1970, starting with a shot from the Pack Mule attraction at Disneyland. That’s right folks…real live animals were part of an attraction at the Park. This image gives a nice back view of Rainbow Ridge. I believe that’s a Kodak picture spot sign visible in the detailed view below:

The family must have taken a raft to Tom Sawyer Island; here’s a very Brady shot with a Cindy wannabe on the far right:

Over in Town Square, the kids got to meet Eeyore in front of the Opera House:

Just in case you want to see the Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln poster in the background:

Tigger! It was a Winnie the Pooh kind of day, apparently. I assume (which can be dangerous) that this is also in Town Square since sequentially that would make sense.

Both Tigger and Eyeore in one shot:

I had to zoom in for a detail of the “hunny” pot; what’s sticking out of the tree? Is that another critter?

Mickey without the cane that we saw on Monday:

I hope he picked a good one.

Look into my eyes if you dare…

The moms wanted their chance with Winnie:

Another closeup of the “hunny” pot:

A better overall detailed view of the Lincoln poster:

Here’s a non-related shot from April 1970 at the entrance featuring poor Eyeore:

By 1970, the Skyway buckets had gone from round to semi-square:

Bucket number one on the left; anyone care to ride 23? That’s the one with our February 1970 family:

The last one to share was from the same batch; again, I “assume” it’s along the Rivers of America, but I couldn’t quite place it. Bueller? Bueller?

See more vintage and (semi) contemporary Disneyland photos at my main website.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Temple Tuesday: Back to the Commissary

In November 1948, Shirley Temple returned to 20th Century-Fox to make the movie, “Mr. Belvedere Goes to College.” Unsatisfied with the films that Darryl Zanuck was picking for their daughter, Shirley’s parents bought out the rest of her Fox contract in 1940 and left the studio. A “Welcome Back” party was held at the Fox Commissary for Shirley where many of her former coworkers popped up to celebrate. In the first photo on the far left is Frances Klamt, Shirley’s teacher. You can see her much better in this next shot, which also features Shirley’s stand-in, Mary Lou Isleib:

How Shirley and Frances looked in 1938 as they left her Fox Bungalow to commence filming on “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.” Where do the years go?

In ten years, Shirley’s career had seen a few changes. “Belvedere” was all about Clifton Webb’s character, Lynn Belvedere, and Shirley was the supporting character this time around. In this photo from the party, Clifton fiddles while director Elliott Nugent looks somewhat bored smoking his cigarette.

Note the mural behind Nugent:

Still there!

This publicity still for “Belvedere” sums up the situation: Clifton in the lead, Shirley in the background.

See more Shirley Temple photos at my main website.

Monday, September 19, 2022

February 1970 at Disneyland, Pt. 1

Today’s tour of the past begins in Disneyland’s Town Square, circa February 1970. These lucky tots got to see Mickey himself as they entered the Park. Let’s zoom in for a look at the ticket book:

It appears that these kids were EXTRA lucky, as they were part of the Magic Kingdom Club, which ran from 1957—2000. It was an early Annual Passport program to the park that offered memberships free of charge both for companies and their employees, encouraging families to visit the parks by giving them discounts. Meanwhile, get a load of the topper on Mickey’s cane!

In the next shot of the batch, the kids have multiplied. The little girl on the right has a matching purse; it looks big enough to buy out Main Street, U.S.A.

Another closeup of Mickey’s cane:

Next up: it’s a small world!

By this time, the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship Restaurant had morphed into Captain Hook’s. Bye-bye outside corporate sponsorship!

For the second shot, Mom is all smiles.

How about a closeup of the vintage Disneyland shopping bag?

And poor Dad; his middle finger is in a splint.

Last one for this batch today drops the families off at the Castle.

Come back for more gems from February 1970!

See more vintage and (semi) contemporary Disneyland photos at my main website.

Friday, September 16, 2022

Transformation Friday!

In the 1961 Disney classic, “The Parent Trap,” Maureen O’Hara begins the movie as a dowdy (well, as dowdy as Maureen O’Hara can be, which is still better than the best for the rest of the competition!) Boston divorcĂ©e who must reunite her twin daughters at the California home of her ex-husband (Brian Keith). He first spots her after she has taken a shower and is wearing his robe:

Having been encouraged by her wily father (Charles Ruggles) to get some new clothes and a less matronly hairdo, she stops in New York City on the way to California for a makeover. After seeing her ex in a robe, she goes upstairs to get cleaned up and makes a grand entrance down the staircase wearing this outfit:

Even in a basic wardrobe test shot, Maureen wows ’em! Note the tape mark on the floor so that the actress knows where to pose?

And please note the perfectly turned heel!

In the final movie, Maureen looks even more ravishing in color, as you can see from these screenshots:

It’s no wonder she got her ex back!

See more “Parent Trap” photos at my main website.