Monthly Archives: September 2015

Olvera Street, Los Angeles, California

This image shows the open air street market that occupies Olvera Street in the city of Los Angeles, California. This street is part of the oldest section of Los Angeles, and serves as a historical district today.

Color by Geo. E. Watson

The description states:


Los Angeles, California

Taco stands, Night Clubs, and Gift Shops all operated by Mexicans in their colorful native cosutmes.

–The street originally connected to the city Plaza that formed the center of Los Angeles civic activity in the mid-1900s. It was renamed in 1877 to honor  Augustín Olvera, the first Superior Court Judge of Los Angeles County.

Judging by the clothing styles in this image, this card likely dates from the 1950s.

Monsanto Hall of Chemistry, Disneyland, Anaheim, California

This image is a modern illustration of the building occupied by Monsanto Corporation on the grounds of Disneyland in the Tomorrowland section. It was best known as the Hall of Chemistry, which served to feature new discoveries and developments in chemistry and plastics by the company.

The description states:

in Tomorrowland

“The CHEMITRON…in Monsanto Chemical Company’s Hall of Chemistry…symbolizing for visitors the amazing processes of chemistry:that transforms eight basic materials found in nature into thousands of chemicals and plastics.

–This building was the first of four attractions sponsored by Monsanto over the years. The last one, Adventure Thru Inner Space, closed in 1986 to be replaced by Star Tours. This image dates from the 1950s.

Disneyland Autopia in Tomorrowland, Anaheim, California

This image shows young drivers making their way around the driver’s course for the Autopia in Disneyland’s Autopia. This was a celebration of the near future idyll of high speed safe transportation on the yet to be built Interstate Highway system.

Walt Disney Productions, Anaheim, California

The description states:

America’s future drivers on the Freeway of the Future in Tomorrowland at Walt Disney’s magic kingdom, DISNEYLAND.

— Initially the cars proved to be too fragile for child use, and were redesigned with the extensive bumper modification shown in this picture. Later, a guide rail was introduced to restrict the movement of the cars to a forward direction and to prevent blockages and collisions.

It was one of the original attractions when Disneyland opened in 1955. This image dates from shortly after the opening, sometime in the late 1950s.