Disneyland Evening Reflection

It may seem odd to seek a moment of reflection in the middle of Disneyland, a place teeming with all manner of humanity, but here it is quite literately.


Sleeping Beauty Castle on an early Spring evening.


Reflection on the moat surrounded by Sleeping Beauty roses in full bloom.

One of the many spots that, while not hidden in any way,  are just off the main path of those hurrying to the next ride or event.

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The Lego brick in its present form dates to 1958.

By 1973 sets were being shipped all over the world.

A Lego magazine ad from 1982



The name ‘LEGO’ is a mash up of two Danish words “leg godt”, meaning “play well”.

Lego is a family run business founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen. The company has passed from father to son and is now owned by Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, a grandchild of the founder.

Over the past almost 80 years the company has come a long way from a small carpenter’s workshop to a modern, global enterprise that is now one of the world’s largest manufacturer of toys.

Kitschy Knick Knacks

The definition of Kitsch ( from German language, dating to 1920)  art, objects, items or designs considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality which are sometimes appreciated in an ironic sort of knowing way.
Example: “the lava lamp is an example of sixties kitsch”
Low brow art is full of kitschy characters like Rat Fink, a creation of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth.

These Finks are extra Kitschy Knick knacks since they are also Bobble heads / Wobblers!

Also since we are on the letter K the header shows the vintage signage of O.H. Kruse Grain!

Mural Memory



Long before it was trendy “street art” this wall mural graced the side of Circle City Auto Parts in Corona.

It is no more, remaining only in the memories of locals. The building was consumed by the new 91/15 freeway construction.


The business which has been a NAPA auto parts has moved a few blocks away, new lanes of an interchange ramp are already directing traffic from the 91 to the 15 and things are generally going well for the 4 year construction schedule now in its third year.

Life is about change but also about learning to take the lessons of the past in order to move forward Fruitfully. Documenting this art that I once enjoyed on a daily basis achieves that goal.

International Harvester

Farmall tractors, Pick up trucks, passenger vehicles and even refrigerators and freezers, International Harvester made them all.


WWII era magazine ad for the International Harvester Tractor points out that “The Farmall fights for food!” on the home front.

Last month at a large local antique auto swapmeet I picked up an ash tray assembly for a 1950s International truck for $1 !  I am going to attach it to my workbench to hold tiny nails and such OR…..I might have a very small start on building a vintage truck!

Made it Out to Needles, Groovy

Like the 3 Dog Night song says, I’ve “Never Been  to Spain” but I did visit this well preserved 1970s  7-UP  signage just hanging out, aging (or not) gracefully in place on a side street in Needles California.




Photo from a  Spring trip to Arizona.

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Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels from Mattel were introduced in 1968 and have remained a favorite toy for kids and collectors alike ever since.

One of the first 16 Hot wheels cars introduced was  Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s creation “The Beatnik Bandit”


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