Thursday, October 15, 2009

Disney World Open - Life Magazine October 15, 1971

It's been ages since we've had a Walt Disney World post so why not do a repeat? Since it's October 15th, lets set the way back machine exactly 38 years to celebrate Disney World Opens from Life Magazine - October 15, 1971.

(Note: I posted this magazine a year and half ago, but it's still fun to look at every once in while). Be sure to check out the two page aerial photo. It’s taken from an odd angle and with a super wide fish-eye type lens. This place is disorienting enough for me, but the aerial photos give me weird dreams.

Now for some vintage ads: Oh boy, lets buy a Pinto? “It was alleged that the car's design allowed its fuel tank to be easily damaged in the event of a rear-end collision which sometimes resulted in deadly fires and explosions.” In reality the number of fire related deaths from those early Pintos (over 2 million built) was 27, about the same as any other car of the period. Actually, it’s kind of cute.

Now this is more my size. I once owned a 73 Lincoln Mark IV (similar underneath to this T-Bird) it had those early anti-lock brakes (Sure-Track) and they worked rather well.

Can’t ignore the GM folks, this is the last year before the ugly bumper laws made the front ends look awful!

Moving away from the ads for a moment and for the sports fans, here is a great vintage article about George Allen joining the Redskins after being with the Rams. The “RamSkins” Interesting that his Redskins would loose to Florida (that seasons' undefeated Miami Dolphins) in Superbowl VII (1973) 14 to 7.

Back for two more ads. How about a couple of vices?

Let’s start with some alcohol. Ah yes Seagram's 7 Crown, what a lively looking bunch of folks, look how neat and organized everything is. When my friends and I hang around all day and drink whisky on the rocks in tall glasses, we aren’t quite as well behaved…

***Disclaimer – Cigarettes are gross and they will kill you, don’t do it!*** That said, “The Lady has Taste” Eve cigarettes will always have and odd and disjointed place in my mind, as a 6 year old, these ads really had an profound impact on my little brain. “Smoke Pretty”, Well “Lady”, you’ll look “pretty” in that open casket!

You can read this ENTIRE issue of this Life Magazine here (link) - the link is not my scan, but very cool - I would give proper credit, but I can't read Japanese...

Check out these two other vintage Walt Disney World magazine previous posts:

Take a LOOK at Disneyworld - April 4, 1971

Boys Life – July 1973

And don't forget Magazine Monday's; Still coming up this year, I've got one or two vintage Walt Disney World magazines that have not been posted before.


TokyoMagic! said...

I love this magazine and all of it's 70's wonderfulness. I remember looking at this magazine over and over with my brother and wishing we could go to WDW!

Peter said...

There was an unexplained charm to WDW back then, maybe because it brings back fond memories of my family vacations back in the early 70's.

Major Pepperidge said...

I never did get a copy of this LIFE issue, don't know why. Looking at these scans, I can almost smell the paper. If there was a stack of old magazines nearby, I could spend all day flipping through them.