Friday, June 23, 2017

Mr. Toad Mural Extravaganza!



One new one and a lot of re-hash for today (yes, still catching up on life!). First shot is the "new" one, showing two tots who have just experienced Mr. Toad's Wild Ride in Fantasyland. Of course, the real reason for attaining this photo is the view of the line queue mural in the background! While we're at it, how about a shot from December 1957 of Donna Reed and Steve Allen also enjoying this dark ride classic?



And Jerry Lewis:



Vice President Richard Nixon and family:



The Audie Murphy family, circa 1956:



Here I used a little photoshop magic to get a better look at the mural (human distortion be damned!), circa 1958:



Last one is a June 1955 image of the exterior of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride:



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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Night Bus



Most classic movie buffs have heard of the 1934 Frank Capra classic "It Happened One Night."



How neither one of its stars (Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert) was thrilled to be in it; how it swept the five major Oscar categories; and how Claudette Colbert had to be hauled off a train on the way to vacation to accept her award at the ceremony.



What most probably DON'T know is that it was based on a short story by Samuel Hopkins Adams, featured in the August 1933 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.



The artist for "Night Bus" is one of my favorite illustrators, James Montgomery Flagg, best known for his 1917 depiction of Uncle Sam on a military recruitment poster.



Here are the first few pages of the story, showcasing Flagg's vibrantly vintage illustrations.









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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Judy Gets Interviewed



One photo for today...just playing catch up with life. Judy Garland is not shown to her best advantage in this 1960s photograph shot by Willie Kee. I don't know squat about Kee, but if I had to guess, I would probably put this shot around 1964/1965.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Temple Tuesdays: Rumpelstiltskin 1958 Pt. 2



More photos from the taping of the February 1958 "Rumpelstiltskin" episode of Shirley Temple's Storybook. In today's shots, Shirley is rehearsing the theme song of the show, "Dreams Are Made for Children."



For the actual show, Shirley "floated" out on a "cloud" and sang the tune, dressed to the nines in Don Loper gowns.





I could only find this poor copy on youtube of Shirley singing the theme song. As an adult, Shirley really did have a very pleasant voice.



Looking fairly serious, Shirley inspects the medal of John Raitt, the star of the episode.



She looks annoyed here; did Raitt use some foul language, or did he flub a line?



Here's a previously posted shot of Raitt and Shirley, all smiles:



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Monday, June 19, 2017

Back at The Colony Palms



It had been over 4 years since my last stay at the Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs, which is my favorite hotel in downtown Palm Springs. For me, it's the Chateau Marmont of the desert. From check-in to check-out, it was an awesome experience thanks to the friendly staff.



The pool is a great size for my morning laps; I even swam again at night (no way I was running in the 100+ degree desert temperatures!).



Next to the pool is the hotel's restaurant, The Purple Palm.



The interior had undergone a major redesign; not as purple as before, but still very cool looking.





Those brave enough to eat outside or sit at the bar stayed cool thanks to the cooling mist that rained down overhead.



The rooms are beautifully designed and appointed. I love the Moroccan influence.





While it was nice to have, rest assured I did not use the fireplace this stay!





How about that floor tile?!? Swoon...



It really is a beautiful property, perfect for a relaxing stroll.







What are you waiting for? It certainly isn't going to get much cooler out there this summer!

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Friday, June 16, 2017

La Coquette, April 1962



Previously I had posted about the hot air balloon that "visited" Disneyland at Easter, 1962. The balloon had been used in the 1956 blockbuster film "Around the World in 80 Days" and continued to make random appearances after its release.



La Coquette was featured at the climax of the 1962 Easter Parade and floated over the Matterhorn after its Central Plaza launch.



Balloonists Peter Pellegrine and Francis Shields rode to an altitude of 2,000 feet and landed 45 minutes later in an orange grove 10 miles away. I am guessing this must have been shortly before takeoff.



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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Knott's Berry Farm, July 1963



Often, scattered amongst the vintage Disneyland slide sets I purchase are random views of Knott's Berry Farm. Many of the people who sell these estate finds have no idea which is which. Today, Knott's fans can reap the benefits with these July 1963 photos. Here we see the Butterfield Stagecoach attraction; unlike the Disneyland counterpart, it still operates today.



Knott's version of The Autopia; not quite as futuristic! I believe this one was called the Antique Auto Ride. In 1976, it was renamed the Tijuana Taxi.



The Calico Mine Ride attraction, not even quite three years old at the time of this shot:



A detailed view of the train; don't miss the couple in front with the cool boater hats!



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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Brown Derby, November 1963



One of the most beloved Hollywood restaurants of yesteryear is the Brown Derby. This November 1963 shot shows the Wilshire Boulevard location. A closeup of the neon sign that sat atop the restaurant:



Based on a google search, Dale's Secret Harbor Restaurant went belly-up, but it would appear that Groman Mortuaries are still in business. People don't always have to eat, but at some point, they're gonna' die.



A contemporary shot of one of the existing neon signs from The Brown Derby, while it was on display at the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale:



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