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In my last two shots, we saw the bright, sunny, carefree, Happiest Place on Earth Disneyland. Who knew there was also the dark, horrific, bloodcurdling Disneyland? Well, not tterrace. Skull Rock Lagoon was perfectly designed to stimulate the "Wow, cool!" gland in the 17-year-old me. (Translation for today's ears: "Awesome!") Added in 1961 to provide a new backdrop for Captain Hook's splendiferous Pirate Ship (which housed the Chicken of the Sea Restaurant), Skull Rock was particularly creepy-cool at night, when I took this time-exposure Ektachrome in 1963. Alas, the ship, lagoon and Skull Rock were all removed and in 1983 the Dumbo Flying Elephant ride took the spot. View full size.
December 1940. Radford, Virginia. "Mrs. Jones's boardinghouse. Six men live in this room. Three beds, pay 8 to 10 dollars a week rent. Most have families they left behind in Bluefield, West Virginia; Bristol, Tennessee; or High Point, North Carolina. They are carpenters, carpenters' assistants, riggers and laborers. They make 60 cents to $1.25 per hour." Photo by John Vachon. View full size.
Salem, Massachusetts, circa 1906. "The Old Witch House." In the best Early American tradition, a blending of history and retailing: The Witch House Parlors (enter through the antique store) and Witch House Trial Room (right this way through the pharmacy). 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing. View full size.