Blog going inactive

It wasn't intentional, but I'm no longer able to keep up this blog. For the last couple years I've only been duplicating work I post elsewhere. Time to move on.

My day job is the Los Angeles Times From the Archives blog. I post four to five times a week - this week completing my 1000th post.

I am active on Flickr and Facebook. Look me up there.


Scott Harrison

The 1955 opening of Disneyland

This From the Archives post was a real labor of love. When Disneyland opened in 1955, I was one of those crazy Davey Crockett kids wearing the coonskin hat.

For the 59th anniversary - July 17th and 18th – I posted this large photo gallery: Disneyland's 1955 opening.

Several months ago I pulled out the pile of some 50 4 x 5 inch negatives in the Los Angeles Times Archives and started scanning. Biggest problem was the lack of caption information. But with a few attached caption sheets, ProQuest, a few prints in the library and heavy use of Google, I was able get a completed gallery.

Sunday, July 17, 1955, is considered the opening day for Disneyland. The park opened that day, but it was supposed to be an invitation only event. The event was crashed by thousand who had obtained counterfeit tickets.

On Monday, July 18, 1955, Disneyland opened to the public. Long lines formed by 10 a.m. that day. Los Angeles Times photographers documented the long lines both from the ground and from aircraft.

What I found interesting, was how over the years, many of the images taken on Monday, July 18, 1955, were published with captions saying they were taken on Sunday, July 17, 1955. I had these captions corrected in the Los Angeles Times digital photo archives.

Then there is the aerial with only a half full parking lot. It's been used several times saying it too had been taken on opening day. But when blown up, Disneyland is not full of crowds, but construction activity. Tomorrowland especially is full of trucks, cranes and other construction equipment. A couple of buildings are not finished. In the July 18, 1955 aerials, the buildings are finished.

I guess in the last 59 years, no one has bothered to look at the aerial up close. It was probably taken in late June, 1955.

And yes, I had to include this photo below of Fess Parker as Davey Crockett taken during the Sunday, July 17, 1955 press preview.



New Photo Gallery

A new photo gallery of archival and recent images has been set up at the Los Angeles Times. The gallery is located in former employee store at the Spring Street entrance. Many of the black and whites were used in my From the Archives blog.

This photo taken with iPhone camera panorama feature.

Memorial Day 1911-1967

The From the Archives Memorial Day photo gallery has been updated. Now includes 35 images from Memorial Day activities from 1911 to 1967.

Memorial Day 1911-1967 [updated].


Memorial Day 2014

Photo taken on April 9, 1983 of Vietnam veteran David Stall, Newbury Park resident, holding flag during POW/MIA tribute in Thousand Oaks.

For the last couple of Memorial Days, I have been keeping this list of Thousand Oaks residents killed in wars. This year, 2014, the list of Conejo Valley residents had no new names — something to be very grateful for.

My annual Memorial Day list of Conejo Valley residents lost in war:

Listed on the Beyer Park Memorial for World War 2 are:

Cleon Biddle - Air Force

John Hays - Army

Roy Spain - Army

Harold Wienke - Army

Richard Wienkler - Army

Link to National Archives Database

Charles Ivan DeGraw - Army 1968

David Earl Farr - Army 1970

Eric James Hubberth - Air Force 1970

Colin Frank Jackson - Marine 1967

Larry Allan Jones - Marine 1968

John Clarence Shamel Marine 1967

Mark L. Brown

Ralph M. Butler

Michael A. Frattali

Dennis French

Brent A. Hayton

Sidney C. Howard

Donald B. McCoig

Robert G. Nally

There were no listings for Thousand Oaks in the Korean War in the same National Archives Database

For Iraq/Afghanistan

Sean M. Corlew - Air Force 2002 Newbury Park High School Graduate

Anthony C. Melia - Marine 2007 Thousand Oaks High School Graduate

Francis L. Toner IV - Navy 2009 Westlake High School Graduate

Andrew J. Castro - Army 2010 Westlake High School Graduate

Brian M. Wolverton - Army 2009 Oak Park High School

The links are to the
Los Angeles Times California War Dead Database.

If you have additional information for this list, you can send me an e-mail on the contact page. See "Contact" on the black bar above to the right of "Home."



Poppies. Original photo taken a month ago at Thousand Oaks Library, CA. Post processed using Waterlogue and Brushstroke.

My April/May/June 2014 pic of month flickr album.

Stealing a soul

Photographers face many obstacles, but charges of "stealing one's soul" is currently not one.

May 9, 1973: Photographer Tim Dressler of North Hollywood pays the penalty for "stealing one's soul with a camera" during the Renaissance Pleasure Faire at Paramount Ranch in Agoura. Photo by Bill Varie/Los Angeles Times.

This photo is from my Los Angeles Times From the Archives photo gallery Renaissance Pleasure Faire.

Lightning in 1981

In addition to working on old photos for the Los Angeles Times, I am slowing going through my old images. In July 1981, a good summer storm was brewing west of Naples, Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. I set up my tripod and did several long exposures. This one is my favorite.

Waterlogue meets Brushstrokes

For over a month I've been cranking out images using the water color app Waterlogue. Then this last week I was put on the Brushstrokes - another paint effect image app. My first look at Brushstrokes was only so-so. It has a good collection of effects and controls, but nothing stuck out to me.

Then I played with Brushstrokes after running a couple images through Waterlogue. These two images, above and below are my first attempts and I'm happy with the results.

The photo above taken in July, 1997, in Crawford Nebraska. Used Waterlogue Fashionable then Brushstroke washed W6 and Twos calm.

The photo below was taken in 1985 in Hawaii. I used Waterlogue fashionable large followed by Brushstroke frayed f2 and heavy amber.


The Great Los Angeles Air Raid


Saturday search lights, fireworks and anti-aircraft fire lit up the sky over San Pedro during the annual Great Los Angeles Air Raid. This was my third visit to the fund-raising event at Fort MacArthur. So with cameras at the ready, I shot away.

On Sunday I had hundreds of frames to edit down. Out of these I posted 37 to a flickr set 2014 Great Los Angeles Air Raid. The photo above is of a jeep mounted 50-mm machine gun firing blanks during the battle reenactment.

Back in February, 1942, the entire West Coast was nervous – expecting Japanese attacks. On the night of Feb. 24-35, a rumored attack led to searchlights turned on and firing of over a thousand rounds of anti-aircraft shells. Of course, there was no attack.