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Bill Cotter

Pinkerton at the ready!

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This isn't a great quality picture, but it does show that in 1965 the Disney characters were being guarded when down at street level:

alice-and-rabbit-1965.jpg

Each picture in this sequence has a guard right next to the characters. This would seem to back up memories of the characters being attacked (unless the guard just had the hots for Alice).

Bill

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The date on the slide mount is June '64, so the uniformed security escort was pretty early.

I thought about sending these two photos to the gal who was 'Alice', but then I remembered that she worked across the street at Kodak until word got around that there was an opening for Alice late in the '64 season.

Having shown her a few other photos of 'Alice' from late '64 and '65 (she continues to be on the lookout for a photo of herself in the Alice costume), it is also apparent that there were several gals at a time playing the part, probably on shifts.

There are several strange things in this picture-

*The cop is standing in a stance like he is ready to spring into action, or at least answer the bat phone.

*He has some braid on his sleeve that usually (in the military anyway) indicates an officer rank. So rather than sticking a rank-and-filer out there, why would a higher up be out there? Were there VIPs he was there to look after?

*The kid in the left foreground has a blue and purple checkerboard pattern shirt that will turn your eyes cross-eyed. But that's not the wierdest thing with him- he's got some kind of visitor badge hanging from the back of his shirt! A prank by one of his cohorts? Does he even know it's there?

*Just look at the size of this 'Alice'! She's a good six inches taller than the Pinkerton cop. And those broad shoulders and the knee sox that reveal legs that...well, ......are we sure she wasn't at FMCP for the Olympic Trials in the shot put in the summer of '64? (the shot put trials were held over at Randalls Island).

Maybe I've been watching the Olympics too much on TV.

* If you look closely at the sales counter in the background, they're selling Coke!

(made you look didn't I?!!)

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Yeah... that Alice is a tad brawny, isn't she?

Disregarding the braid, was that the standard Pinkerton uniform at the Fair?

Pretty classy.

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<!--coloro:blue--><span style="color:blue"><!--/coloro-->Does anyone else think that the little boy looks like one of the fair "twins"?

If that blazer was striped red, and not blue, he'd be a dead ringer for Peter.

Rose, still fighting with my new computer, and a bad middle ear infection. (sorry for the lack of posts.)<!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc-->

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Exactly my first impression.

In fact, at first glance I DID think it was a guy in an Alice wig.

Wouldn't happen today.

Funny stuff!

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Personally, I think the rabbit looks a bit creepy in the second picture. It must be the grin- he's kind of leering- and we can't see what's going on behind that girl's back. Maybe the cop is looking the wrong way- the criminal was hiding under the rabbit costume the whole time!

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The Disney character costumes have come a long way in 40 years.

It's a process of softening, I guess.

The Santas of the early 1900s were pretty spooky. I think it was after the grandfatherly Coca-Cola Santa paintings became popular that the image of Santa became jolly.

Some of the Easter Rabbits my parents had in the candy stores when I was a kid were creepy like the one in Bill's photo. Notice that I said Easter RABBITS... I don't think they were softened to BUNNIES until the sixties and even the seventies.

The chocolate Easter bunny molds are a lot less threatening today than the chocolate rabbit molds of even the 1950s.

Even old Jack-o-lanterns were creepy.

Many of the old images of these characters came out of Germany - as did the papier mache "heads" that were used on the early costumes.

I thank good old fashioned American marketing savvy for for the friendly-ization of the holiday characters.

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The rabbit is whispering come on lines to the girl. She leans back slightly to hear him better and her hand over her mouth hides her telltale smile. Alice looks a little jealous. The boy standing behind the rabbit is looking at the rabbit's behind for some reason.

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As a writer, of rather ribald lyrics and limericks, I could have an absolute field day with this scernaio!

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In the first picture the kid in the purple shirt has a visitor badge or something stuck on the back of his shirt, as if stuck there as a prank and he doesn't realize it.

And the kid on the far left has his chin cuddled in his hand Jack Benny-style as if saying 'I wonder how that got there?'

In the second picture, the Jack Benny rascal is the same one doing something behind the Rabbit's back.

I think there's a connection here.

Of course, the Pinkerton cop is oblivious to it all.

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Here's my photo of Alice, Rabbit and happy kids taken in 1964. Alice in this photo seems to be the same as posted above.

It's picture #7 on page 4 of album "NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR 1964/65".

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There's nothing wrong with Alice. She looks fine in Ray's picture, the rabbit, too. It's just that the nasty little brutish dwarf Pinkerton guard makes them look enormous by comparison, plus he was obviously making them nervous.

So that's what that guy was doing when he wasn't hassling me, he was bugging Alice in Wonderland and the Easter Bunny!

LL, Greyhound at the Worlds Fair "Operator"

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Somehow this rabbit seems a bit less threatening, and Alice definitely more wholesome and less like a World Wrestling Federation wannabe.

rabbit.jpg

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