Friday, June 27, 2008

Jane Newell, Anaheim High and flying elephants

Today's photo comes from the Library of Congress, and shows Anaheim High School circa 1915.
Jane Newell and her wonderful Anaheim Heritage Reading Room are the subject of a full-page article in the O.C. edition of the new issue of Westways magazine. We already knew that Jane rocks, but now a few more people know it too.
And speaking of Anaheim, Marshall Duell sent me this blurb from a recent "fact sheet" from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History:
"When the Museum [of American History] reopens, the east and west wings of all three exhibition floors will be anchored by a landmark object—a large, compelling artifact that will highlight the theme of that wing. The landmark object for the third floor west wing will be a car from the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride, which reflects the blend of imagination, technology and business acumen that makes up American entertainment.

"The Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride is an original Disneyland attraction from 1955 ...The Dumbo car was donated to the National Museum of American History on June 9, 2005, on the occasion of Disneyland’s 50th anniversary."

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