Friday, September 30, 2022

Back from the Dead, Part 2

This one from 1957 looks as hopeless as yesterday’s companion image, but with some blood, sweat, and Photoshop, miracles can happen! Where’s Carol Merrill when you need her? Bonus points to those who know who she is!

When the Snow White attraction first opened in 1955, it was called “Snow White and her Adventures.”

I love being able to see the original queue mural, even if it’s a bit grainy.

When the attraction reopened in 1983 after Fantasyland received its Tudor remodel, the name changed to “Snow White’s Scary Adventures.” 

The recent refurbishment greatly toned down the scary elements and is now titled, “Snow White’s Enchanted Wish.” I have a wish; how about letting kids get the bejesus scared out of them? It’s actually healthy!

See more Disneyland Snow White’s Adventures attraction photos at my main website.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Back from the Dead, Part 1

This 1957 image of the entrance looks lost beyond hope, as it has faded to a red-tinged mess. Thanks to the miracle of Photoshop, it has been brought back from the dead:

Check out those attraction posters: Autopia, Frontierland, Astro Jets, Storybook Land, Art Corner, Tom Sawyer Island, 20k Leagues Under the Sea Exhibit, and the Disneyland Railroad.

The C.K. Holliday is waiting at the Main Street Train Station for the next Grand Circle Tour. In the image above, we see a lass running; could she be attempting to get to the train on time?

See more Disneyland entrance photos at my main website.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Temple Tuesday: Marsha, Marsha, Marsha

When Shirley Temple joined the MGM stable of stars in 1941, it’s not surprising that she was given the glamour treatment. Boasting “more stars than there are in heaven,” Shirley was spruced up as much as you could a twelve year old. From the publicity machine:

Shirley Temple steps out of her dressing room—it’s No. 7, and her name is beside the door—in a white formal gown.

Before the makeup and hair people got a hold of Shirley, she was given a tour of MGM by Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney. Louis B. Mayer was very happy to have the hottest teen talent in Hollywood and made the most of this publicity opportunity. Below is a shot of Judy, Mickey, producer Mervyn LeRoy, Shirley, Marsha Hunt, and Fay Holden, on the set of “Blossoms in the Dust.” Judy was sitting in Greer Garson’s chair. I hope Greer was okay with that, as Judy does look a bit uncomfortable!

Never heard of Marsha Hunt? Sadly, that’s not surprising. Blacklisted in the 1950’s during the McCarthy era, she had to shift gears career wise and never quite recaptured her earlier fame, which is fine, as it inspired her to become more active in humanitarian causes. Marsha campaigned to end world hunger, aid the homeless, and supported same-sex marriage, among other notable causes. Shirley and Marsha had something else in common besides film careers; they have both been turned into dolls. 

In 2004, artist and creator of the Gene Marshall fashion doll, Mel Odom, worked with Ashton Drake to release this tribute to Marsha Hunt titled “Mel Loves Marsha.”

Although the doll was a restyled Gene doll, the outfit was all Marsha, based on the outfit seen in this MGM publicity shot:

Marsha had a lead role in the 1947 melodramatic film noir, “Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman,” allegedly based on Bing Crosby and his first wife, Dixie. The cat fight between Marsha and Susan Hayward is the stuff of legend.

Ashton Drake released Gene as Marsha in the “Smash-Up” outfit in 2004:

I’ll save you the trouble of hunting down the catfight scene:

Marsha began her film career at Paramount, which included a role in the Jack Benny musical, “College Holiday” (1936). One of the Edith Head outfits she wore in the film is shown here:

…and was reproduced by Integrity Toys for Gene in 2007:

While the dolls are beautiful, nothing compares to the real-life Marsha, as shown here in this 1967 photo:

What else did Marsha and Shirley have in common? The United Nations. From the Alt Film Guide website:

It was a trip she took around the world in 1955 that opened her eyes to her true calling in life. Dismayed by the poverty she saw on this trip, she realized that she’d been on a soundstage for so much of her life and that there was so much to learn about the world. She vowed in that moment to become a “planet patriot.” One of Hollywood’s first celebrity activists, Marsha worked with the United Nations Association when it wasn’t popular to do so. Even after her local United Nations gift shop was firebombed, she didn’t relent, but went out on the lecture circuit, fighting ignorance and raising awareness. She had limited funds but unlimited passion.

Shirley’s first diplomatic assignment was as U.S. delegate to the United Nations by President Richard Nixon in 1969. Shirley championed issues such as refugee rights, the challenges for the aging population, and environmental concerns. Here is Shirley with husband Charles Black seeing “his wife off to work,” as the photo’s caption stated:

Marsha Hunt recently passed away at the age of 104 on September 7. If you’d like to know more about her (and you should!), watch the trailer for the 2015 documentary about her called, “Sweet Adversity”:

See more Classic Movie & TV photos at my main website.

Monday, September 26, 2022

Vintage Savannah: Wright Square

For this vintage 1950’s image of Savannah, Georgia, the photographer was facing Wright Square, standing on Bull Street. In the background is the steeple of the Lutheran Church of the Ascension (as seen below in 2007):

…and 2013 (below). Built in 1843, the building was occupied by Union soldiers during the Civil War.

The building that was on the right of the photographer is U.S. Post Office and Court House, as seen in this 2009 shot below. It is now referred to as the Tomochichi Federal Building and U.S. Court House. Built between 1894 and 1899, it was enlarged in 1932.

I believe all of the businesses have changed since then. Let’s take a look at what was there:

Charles Hairdressers, Dr. M. Butler (Dentist), Ray Mixson Jewelers, Sports C_____ (billiards, sports results, and lunches!), and Photocraft.

See more Wright Square in Savannah photos at my main website.

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.