Thursday, December 14, 2017

More Ice Cream for Nixon



Some of the mysteries were solved when I acquired this second batch of negatives of Vice President Richard Nixon and family at Disneyland from June 14, 1959 sharing an ice cream sundae at the Carnation Ice Cream Parlour on Main Street, U.S.A. This envelope gave the name of the waitress (Louise) and the two gentlemen in the back. At left is restaurant General Manager Mr. Knowles and standing next to him is Charles Cowling. I do not know any other information about these two (or charming Louise for that matter).



A closeup of the carnation on the menu cover:



I wonder what's in that toast from Mr. Knowles?



On the negative for this shot, the kids had an "X" through them; I guess the intention was to crop them out when the photo was published. I rectified the situation with a simple swipe of the cloth. Nixon's mother, Hannah, didn't make the frame. You can barely see the edge of her face at left.



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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Hump Day on Tom Sawyer Island



It's Wednesday, and you've hit hump day, that marvelous day when you're half-way through the work week and the weekend is quickly approaching! Here's an October 1959 view of the Tree House on Tom Sawyer Island at Disneyland. The next undated image is most likely from 1956/1957.



And this is how I know...Case de Fritos is still in its original location on New Orleans Street:



This black and white image of TSI yields a few interesting detail shots:



Some fishing action:



and the tent for Holidayland:



This December 1959 image shows guests waiting for a raft so that they can return to the "mainland":



A detailed view:



Hope you enjoy your Hump Day!

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Space Bar Vending



This 1955 image shows two guests checking out the flowers in Tomorrowland, with the Space Bar vending machines in the background. Nice to know that flowers will still exist in the future. Sandwiches, ice cream, soft drinks, pastry, and coffee are just the touch of a button away.



Here are some previously posted shots of the same area; this one from 1956 has the added bonus of the vintage attraction posters in the foreground:



Yup, people used these machines!



I think I would have preferred to order directly from the Space Bar itself!



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Saturday, December 09, 2017

House of the Future for Christmas



Here's a rare night shot of the Monsanto House of the Future at Disneyland from December 1959. You can just see the bright red of the Christmas ribbon/ornamentation at the top right of the photo. Zooming in we see a young couple standing by the window, with a "live" Christmas tree in the foreground.



Here's a previously posted shot of the HOTF and its Christmas decor:



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Thursday, December 07, 2017

Carefree Christmas 1959



While this group may not exactly look carefree, they ARE posing by a Christmas tree inside the INA Carefree Corner at the end of Main Street U.S.A. For any doubters, I have zoomed in and reversed the window!



Here's another December 1959 shot of our not-so-carefree gang, also on Main Street U.S.A. by the Town Square Christmas Tree:



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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Christmas at the Market House



Today's vintage shot is from the Market House on Main Street, circa December 1959. These two gals are resting their weary feet on the potbelly stove. Today, there is no relaxation in this spot; it's the line queue for Starbucks.



The stove has changed and been moved over to the side.



To get that bitter taste out of your mouth, here's a previously unpublished 1950s shot of the Market House exterior:



Zooming in for a better look at the White Wing and the Horse-drawn Streetcar:



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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

The Hotel Erwin on Venice Beach



I was in Venice Beach recently for a few photo shoots and discovered this little gem of a hotel when I was searching the web. The Hotel Erwin could not have been more perfectly located.



I'm not sure what it was in its past life, but in its current incarnation it was very hip with just the right touch of artsy and surf culture mixed in. In other words, it blended very well into its surroundings.



The lobby was welcoming and immediately let you know that you were steps away from the beach and waves of the Pacific Ocean.



The High Rooftop Lounge provides unbeatable views.



How about this?



And the views from the rooms themselves aren't too shabby, either.



My room had just the right amount of furniture and decor without looking cluttered.



The bed was comfortable and I loved the handprint wallpaper. So many cool touches throughout the hotel.



The hotel's restaurant is called Barlo Kitchen + Cocktails.



Small but mighty, with excellent service and a tasty menu.



I have a thing for hallway shots.



The framed art on the walls was a great nod to the past and present of Venice Beach culture.



HIGHLY recommended if you plan to stay in the Santa Monica or Venice Beach area. VERY walkable!

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Monday, December 04, 2017

Going to Magic Kingdom!



I am extremely happy to announce that my third collaboration with author Shannon Laskey has been published! You may have previously enjoyed her other two guides for Disney Park fanatics, Going To Disneyland - A Guide for Kids & Kids at Heart and Going to Disney California Adventure: A Guide for Kids & Kids at Heart. All three books feature my photographs, although I have to admit my Florida WDW shots are sparse in comparison to the Anaheim property, so Shannon had to rely on other photographers for this volume. Regardless, I am totally in love with the series and the concept that Shannon came up with. In honor of Shannon's latest book release, I am sharing a few of the photos that you can see in this volume.



All of these were shot in January 2010, which was my last visit to Walt Disney World in Orlando. I know...shameful.



Oh how I wish I had been able to retake some of these, as this was probably about 3 cameras ago! That's how I measure the onslaught of time, folks!



I still remember taking this photo and watching the gorgeous sunset from the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse.









Here's Shannon in front of my favorite WDW Hotel, The Polynesian Resort:



Shannon is just as darling as her books!



I hope you'll check this book out for yourselves; especially great to share with your children if you have any, or even a niece or nephew: Going to Magic Kingdom: A Guide for Kids & Kids at Heart

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