Category Archives: History

Book Review: Dick Clark’s American Bandstand

Publisher: Collins Publishers / HarperCollins Publishers Inc. Year: 1997 Pages: 194 Type: Hardcover ISBN: 0-00-649184-7 “I’m Dick Clark. I’ve got the job as the new host of Bandstand.” Nothing says Americana quite like American Bandstand! Teenagers dancing to the latest hit records while a friendly … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Official Batman Batbook

Publisher: Contemporary Books Inc. Year: 1986 Pages: 172 Type: Softcover ISBN: 0-8092-5035-7 “This book is dedicated to all of the arch villains of Gotham City, without whom Batman would be out of work.” The cliques would be just too easy with a post based on … Continue reading

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Nostalgia Illustrated Magazine – The Pleasures of the Past

I’ve set the Wayback Machine to 1975 on a sweltering July day. It’s time to explore some of The Pleasures of the Past via the esteemed Nostalgia Illustrated magazine! Who’s ready for some dog-eared, yellowing, smelly fun? This old magazine … Continue reading

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‘The Magic Begins With Me’ Cast Member Book

I think all Disney fans have fantasied about being a Cast Member! We think about the fun of being at the Parks all day. We imagine exploring all of the backstage areas. At it’s best, Disney seems to be a … Continue reading

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EPCOT Center Promotional Flyer with Concept Art

Ephemera is defined as lasting for a short period of time. Synonyms for this term are: temporary, transitory, fleeting, and momentary. In other words, flyers like the one I am featuring in this post were meant to fulfill a purpose … Continue reading

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View-Master Disney Theme Park Stereo Picture Reels

One of the most inexpensive ways to remember your trip to Disneyland or Walt Disney World was the purchase of View-Master stereo picture reels. Especially if you didn’t own a camera! The View-Master system was introduced in 1939, four years … Continue reading

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Pathéscope 9.5 mm Mickey Mouse Film Box

9.5 mm film is an amateur film format introduced by Pathé in 1922. It was conceived initially as an inexpensive format to provide copies of commercially made films to home users. The format uses a single, central perforation (sprocket hole) between each pair of frames, or … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Walt Disney – His Life in Pictures

Publisher: Disney Press Year: 2009 Pages: 66 Type: Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4231-2105-3 “We wanted to keep him to ourselves.” – Diane Disney Miller Wouldn’t you? Thankfully for the world at large Walt Disney’s children didn’t get their wish! The man, husband, and father was shared and … Continue reading

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Disneyland 50th Anniversary Tour-Exclusive Book

The Disneyland Resort celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2005. To commemorate the event the Park offered a special tour of the property and gave each person a tour-exclusive book. I wasn’t able to attend this celebration in Disneyland and so … Continue reading

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Book Review: Retro Housewife – A Salute

Publisher: Collectors Press Year: 2004 Pages: 130 Type: Hardcover ISBN: 1-888054-92-1 “A Rose-tinted look back“ Is June Cleaver your idea of the ideal housewife? How about Harriet Nelson? The 1950’s certainly served up a plethora of mostly-identical women playing the perfect homemaker on television. And … Continue reading

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