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    Re: Disneyland Hotel: Very Rare, Very Early Photos

    Quote Originally Posted by oldhotelguy View Post
    I am hoping to go back through the box that had these photos and find more. I found them late in my visit and did not have as much time as I would have liked. These could quite possibly be from 1955 which would be very rare indeed. More likely from 1956 though. I am going to compare construction progress to other construction photos I have to better date these. 1955 would have to be October through December (Hotel opened on Oct. 5, 1955) and not likely Jackie would be wearing shorts in those months but you never know.
    Shorts were a possibility -- highs in Los Angeles the last week of September and first week of October 1955 ranged from 70 to 83. Ditto the first week of November 1955.
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    Re: Disneyland Hotel: Very Rare, Very Early Photos

    OK, just did some detective work and snooping through other pictures.

    The Hotel is open for business with guest cars parked in parking stalls so definitely after October 5, 1955.

    Chris and Jackie are wearing the exact same clothing so most likely, photographs were taken on the same day/high probability.

    First photograph taken near where the Monorail station would be added in 1961 at the site of the original lobby/administartion building.

    Upstairs had not been extended over to the cinder block base (near Jackie's head and rear of car in photo) and wood framing still exposed. Wood framing in other photos I have was covered by facia or other features by January, 1956.

    Based on the state of construction in the very first photograph in this post and having compared this to other construction photographs in various stages of completion.....I would say these photographs are from December of 1955.

    In all, I am guessing I have over 7000 photographs in my collection from the history of the Disneyland Hotel. In all those photographs, less than 10 show construction or first five guest rooms open from 1955 and now I have found another three. This is a pretty significant find.

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    Re: Disneyland Hotel: Very Rare, Very Early Photos

    Also just found an entry in Jack Wrather's 1955 day timer dated December 15th, "visited Disneyland Hotel."

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    Re: Disneyland Hotel: Very Rare, Very Early Photos

    Also an entry from February 1956 that says "visited Disneyland Hotel with kids" so now, I don't know what to think.

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    Re: Disneyland Hotel: Very Rare, Very Early Photos

    Quote Originally Posted by oldhotelguy View Post
    In all, I am guessing I have over 7000 photographs in my collection from the history of the Disneyland Hotel. In all those photographs, less than 10 show construction or first five guest rooms open from 1955 and now I have found another three. This is a pretty significant find.
    How do you organize your photo collection? By date or digitally with multiple tags of location, subject.....?

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    Re: Disneyland Hotel: Very Rare, Very Early Photos

    Quote Originally Posted by swampymarsh View Post
    How do you organize your photo collection? By date or digitally with multiple tags of location, subject.....?
    They are organized by how I got them. A section from the storage vault, from the archives, from former employees, from EBay, the Wrather family, etc.

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    Re: Disneyland Hotel: Very Rare, Very Early Photos

    Very nice finds! You can almost feel the humidity in the air in that second photo!

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    Re: Disneyland Hotel: Very Rare, Very Early Photos

    Awesome find! Will you be making second edition of your Book, "Disneyland Hotel: The Early Years"? Because I would definitely purchase it.


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    Re: Disneyland Hotel: Very Rare, Very Early Photos

    Quote Originally Posted by Timekeeper View Post
    Awesome find! Will you be making second edition of your Book, "Disneyland Hotel: The Early Years"? Because I would definitely purchase it.


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    Re: Disneyland Hotel: Very Rare, Very Early Photos

    Quote Originally Posted by oldhotelguy View Post

    In all, I am guessing I have over 7000 photographs in my collection from the history of the Disneyland Hotel.
    Did a count yesterday and I have over 15,000 files....more than twice what I thought.

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    Re: Disneyland Hotel: Very Rare, Very Early Photos

    How about some more pictures?

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    Re: Disneyland Hotel: Very Rare, Very Early Photos

    I love personal pictures mainly because they often times show areas of the Disneyland Hotel not usually seen in staged or professional photos. Here are some from my collection.













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    Re: Disneyland Hotel: Very Rare, Very Early Photos

    I love the 1957 pics that you just added. I am having some trouble putting the last one into perspective, location-wise. Is this on the opposite side of the hotel from Disneyland?
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    Re: Disneyland Hotel: Very Rare, Very Early Photos

    Quote Originally Posted by calsig31 View Post
    I love the 1957 pics that you just added. I am having some trouble putting the last one into perspective, location-wise. Is this on the opposite side of the hotel from Disneyland?
    This would be looking southwest...the Olympic Pool is just beyond the landscaping, those satellite looking things are actually umbrellas for the sun and the round structure to the right is part of the Coral Club. The building in the center is part of the original five guest structures to the property which would become the Oriental Gardens in the 80's.

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    Re: Disneyland Hotel: Very Rare, Very Early Photos

    Quote Originally Posted by oldhotelguy View Post
    I love personal pictures mainly because they often times show areas of the Disneyland Hotel not usually seen in staged or professional photos. Here are some from my collection.



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