Documenting recent American history…

Last night I went to what is for me some of the best entertainment possible – Charles Phoenix’s Retro Disneyland Slide Show featuring other peoples slides of the 50s, 60s and 70s. Now I know how the train video watchers feel (see The Station Agent). I sat there for two hours literally enjoying every single second and only checking my watch to make sure there was plenty left to see. I think I wanted it to go on forever.

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Just one of the many fab photos from Charles Phoenix’s Retro Disneyland Slide Show.

I have to admit that I love Disneyland. Growing up in Southern California it was the place to go for birthdays, holidays, and as I got older – high school – we always went 2 or 3 times a year. In 1999 I got my first annual pass and started collecting books and magazines about and featuring Disneyland shortly after. It’s not a huge collection – but if these slides were in a book format I’d be the first in line. Charles Phoenix is doing a great job preserving and presenting Americana. He himself may actually be a national treasure.

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Charles on his “Disneyland” Tour of Downtown LA. Next tours April 2, 9 and 23.

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