Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Hills Bros Coffee Garden Sign at Night

When Starbucks opened in Disneyland, many fans were very vocal in their complaints of commercialism, sell out and Walt would have never put Starbucks in his park. Yet, there had been a coffee shop for many years in Disneyland. Hills Brothers was one of the largest and best known coffee manufacturers in the 1900s until today. The brand sponsored a lovely coffee garden where adults could get their morning, noon or evening cup of joe. This great night time image features the taster which was created 1906 and pays homage to the Ethiopian origin of the coffee.

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Crystal Arcade Sign At Night

A nice night time image of the lovely sign on Main Street for the Crystal Arcade. Enjoy this rare night photograph.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Souvenir Friday- September 1955 Issue of Coca Cola Refresher

The Coca Cola Refresher was the in house magazine for employees of Coca Cola. In September of 1955, the magazine featured Disneyland and the Coke Corner located on Main Street. Not only did the magazine tout the fantastic corner, it also promoted Disneyland. One of the more interesting photographs in the article is of Eddie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds and Walt Disney on opening day. Over at Daveland was a post featuring s similar photograph of the same trio. Eddie Fisher was sponsored by Coke on the radio at the time with his program Coke Time. I have scanned just the article that features Disneyland.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Skyway and Pele

Two different Disneyland trips by the same family yield two nice images. First up is a nice view from the Matterhorn side of the Submarine Voyage lagoon featuring the Monorail, Skyway and in the background the Carousel of Progress. The photographer also managed to capture one of the submarines coming head on and one at the dock. I am sure most of you miss the Skyway as much as I do.

The second image is one of my favorite set pieces in the Enchanted Tiki garden outside of the Tiki room, Pele. The photographer was kind enough to get the sign in the image.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Heritage Sguare

In 1957, a group of investors in Denver became convinced that a theme park would increase tourism and be a financial boon. The group contacted Marco Engineering, a company run by C.V. Wood. Mr. Wood advertised himself as the man who built Disneyland. Marco engineering employed Dick Kelsey from Disney and Wade Rubottom from MGM as well as other Disney artists to design the park. The park was constructed on a site outside of Golden Colorado. The western front of the park was built with plans to finish the park in later years. Due to financial difficulties the park was not completed and the park closed in 1960. Many of the rides that were there ended up at Six Flags Over Texas. The buildings that had been constructed remained and re-opened as an arts district named Heritage Square. In addition, a local theater company started producing Melodramas in the Opera House. One of the shops was the first year round Christmas shop. The end of this story is that Heritage Square will be closing at the end of 2015 with the fate of the buildings still undetermined. Based upon the closing, I took a trip about a month ago to snap some images of the architecture. It is sad that this part of theme park history is being lost. Here are some of my images, and for those who want to look at all the images, you can see them here: Heritage Square Images

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Phantom of the Opera Meets a Fan

Universal monsters have been a big draw for many years. The Phantom of the Opera was best portrayed by Lon Chaney in 1924. This image is taken on the back lot, it may be at the Psycho House. I like the fan is a very dapper man and it appears the person in blue is a cowboy extra.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Two Disneyland Buildings

Two different photographs of buildings and attractions at Disneyland. One is from Fantasyland being a view of it's a small world building from the Monorail (or maybe the Peoplemover, but I do not think so...) The facade still holds up many years later as a wonderful introduction to the happiest cruise to sail.

The second image is of a parked Mine Train at the town of Rainbow Ridge. This is a postcard worthy photograph with lots of color and interesting details. I wish I could just step into this image and take another ride on the Mine Train.