Casper The Friendly Ghost opening - c. 1955
"After the first show I adopted two kittens so that I could better understand the behaviors of a cat. They belonged to Gypsy Rose Lee’s sister June Havoc. She lived next door to the Actor’s Studio where I was studying at the time."
Julie Newmar on her preparation for the role of Catwoman (via)
75 Years ago today, the New York World’s Fair opened. (1939)
Covering over 1200 acres in Flushing Meadows, the New York World’s Fair of 1939 showcased the latest in technological and scientific advances, as well as exhibits from 60 countries, including Soviet Russia.
Some of the most notable displays included the Futurama, a massive model of the world of 1960, RCA’s television sets, Borden’s fully automatic milking parlor (which introduced Elsie the cow), the Westinghouse time capsule, Electro the Moto-Man, and even hosted the very first sc-fi convention. In addition to the technological, educational and social purpose exhibits, the fair included a massive midway that was described as “The greatest amusement park ever…. at least until Disneyland”. This amusement area featured a roller coaster, the Lifesavers Parachute Drop (which still stands in Coney Island), and rather shockingly, an array of shows featuring topless girls - including one designed by Salvador Dali.
More posts on the fair to come!
The Mouseketeers’ debut on the opening day of Disneyland.
In actuality, the rehearsal footage of the Mouseketeers in color, July 16, 1955 (the day before the opening day). Notice some things like ears falling, a boy not included in the final number, a couple of girls with tied hair, amazing color footage and some great close-ups.
Mickey Rooney on The Judy Garland Show, CBS, 1963