So while doing more scanning, editing and PDF creation, I was messing around within Photoshop and experimenting with different options and automation. Suddenly I discovered that Photoshop has an automatic cropping and straightening function that works fairly well with scanned images! When it’s working well, it has taken my processing time down to probably 25% of what it used to take. Sometimes it has trouble “reading” the image and I have to do it manually, but anything to cut down the time is welcome!
So I was able to power through most of my remaining Disneyland maps over the past week, from 1980 up through 2009. I just have the past few years to do. The big problem I’m facing is that the maps stopped using publication numbers that encode the date, so trying to put them in the correct order often means trying to use clues within the maps to sort the publication order. If anyone notices errors in the process please let me know, especially if you have some kind of documentation to back it up.
I also picked up a few older Disneyland guidemaps over the past week, so those will be scanned when the come in the mail.
Continuing through the Disneyland collection, today we have 8 maps from the 1970’s available for your viewing pleasure. It’s interesting to see the progression from a more stark, linear artistic style towards a bit rounder, flowing one. The graphics and pictures have also become richer by the end of the decade.
As promised, we now head to the west coast, to start going through the history of Disneyland park via park maps. I don’t have as many maps of Disneyland but am actively looking for more.
To start, we have a few maps from the 1960’s. The booklets were pretty extensive, at least compared to today’s. Some even had an index in the back!
Longtime friends of the site Jim and Dotty Hart recently contributed about 15 maps, and I have been scanning them this past week. They are now uploaded for all to enjoy. Since I don’t yet have a way to search the maps by upload date or contributor, the maps are:
Magic Kingdom: January 2002, and March, May and June of 2013
Epcot: June 2002, March 2003, July 2007 and March 2013
MGM/Hollywood Studios: January 2002, July 2003, January 2007, February 2007, and April, May and June of 2013
Thank you so much for all your help Jim and Dotty!