Thats the picture presented by Charles Phoenix, who combs through estate sales and thrift stores looking for old vacation slides of the Magic Kingdom during the 1950s and 60s.
He has hundreds of Disneyland pics but admits he combs through more than 10,000 slides for every shot he keeps.
What he does keep are shots that show activities and attractions that no longer appear at the park such as the Indian Village featuring Native American performances and the dancing shoeshine boys performing up and down Main Street.
But his favorite shots are those of Tomorrowland before 1967, when it was supposed to depict the far-off world of 1987.
As he puts it, They had a house of the future that looked like a plastic mushroom that included a big screen TV that looks nothing like the ones they have today.
Phoenix will be hosting a Disneyland slide show in Los Angeles on March 25 and 26, and says his vintage slides reveal a truth that cant be found in commercial photos. Great photography is almost accidental.
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