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    Re: DL in 1956

    Found a couple more from Aug. 27, 1956. On this one, my Dad wrote, "Outside Fantasyland"



    On this one my Dad wrote, "Indian Village from Tom Sawyer Island"



    I think there are more from that day, but I haven't found them yet. I know there are also some slides from my first visit in 1965, but they must be in another box. I'll keep posting them as I come across them.

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    Re: DL in 1956

    Wow, the Indian Village is so cool!
    Yaye!

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    Amazing!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Weaver View Post
    Yeah, it looks like someone's Grandma got kind of bored, but was smart enough to bring the daily paper with her!
    Even back then, locals considered it a hangout!!
    "Here You Leave the World of California Today and Enter the World of, um, er, California Today."

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    Post 31, with the pic of the castle: Looks like varying colors of pink and blue and gray??
    "Here You Leave the World of California Today and Enter the World of, um, er, California Today."

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    Re: DL in 1956

    I love the black swans in the picture with the castle! Love it!

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    Great slides, Bob, please keep 'em coming!

    Quote Originally Posted by sediment View Post
    Post 31, with the pic of the castle: Looks like varying colors of pink and blue and gray??
    As many old slides do, this one has a bit of magenta color cast, which is giving the castle its pink. (Ditto the cast on the boulders on the left in the Indian Village shot.)

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    Re: DL in 1956

    All the brand-new landscaping sure makes the park look spare and almost "sickly" -- compared to how it "grew up" and got more full and lush.

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    Great pics, thanks for sharing.

    I love the old park pictures. Amazing to see what it once was, and what it has become.

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    awesome pics man, hope u find more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Werner View Post
    All the brand-new landscaping sure makes the park look spare and almost "sickly" -- compared to how it "grew up" and got more full and lush.
    Actually, being there at the time, it didn't seem spare or sickly. Just seemed -- amazing.

    The shock for us today of seeing DL's landscaping then is a perceptual thing, akin to knowing a person as an adult for years, then seeing a picture of them as a kid for the first time. The thing that jarringly jumps out is how un they are (un-tall, un-grown, etc.) compared to our current percept. (Every listen to a DJ for years, then see a picture of them for the first time? Same phenomenon.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Wiggins View Post
    Actually, being there at the time, it didn't seem spare or sickly. Just seemed -- amazing.

    The shock for us today of seeing DL's landscaping then is a perceptual thing, akin to knowing a person as an adult for years, then seeing a picture of them as a kid for the first time. The thing that jarringly jumps out is how un they are (un-tall, un-grown, etc.) compared to our current percept. (Every listen to a DJ for years, then see a picture of them for the first time? Same phenomenon.)
    Really good way of looking at it, Mr. Wiggins. Since my first visit was in 1970, I never "knew" the park before that. I'm sure it was just as amazing in 1955 as it ever was or is.

    Oh gosh -- the DJ thing -- that is so true! LOL

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    I miss the swans that would glide by silently; they added an element of grace, beauty and life to the moat that is impossible to duplicate any other way. How much would it really cost them to have swans again?

    Anyway I'll still keep looking for old slides and any I find from 1956 I'll post in this thread. If I find the ones from 1965 I'll start a new thread for those. Thanks everyone for your comments.

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    Re: DL in 1956

    I can't tell you how much I enjoy seeing these photos. Even though I visited Disneyland in 1960 for the first time, I have no memory of the Space Bar. Wonderful shot.

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sediment View Post
    Post 31, with the pic of the castle: Looks like varying colors of pink and blue and gray??
    The castle stones have always been painted different shades, to add textural variety and a sense--again--of "realness." Not all stones from the same quarry are exactly the same color.

    The difference is in the colors themselves. The greys--red-grays and blue-greys---used then looked far more realstic than the deep dark red-grays, purple-grays and blue-grays used today.

    It's funny that people think the castle looks more inviting today. The stone colors are so dark and brooding that the contrast between upper and lower floors is stiking--and not in a good way.

    Anyway, these are pretty awesome photos. Quite clear and sharp for the time, and the color is a bonus!
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