Finding the Magic Kingdom!

While recovering some lost images from my now deceased hp laptop, I came across these pics that I’m somewhat proud of. Why? Because taking pictures in Disney World is not easy. How many times can you take the same shot over and over? How do you look at something that you’ve seen hundreds of times and still find an interesting point of view? How do you make the thousands of people “go away”?

Here’s some examples –


Cindy’s Castle from behind. A tight crop in the camera while pointing it nearly straight up with a wide angle lens. A dramatic sky helps too.


No peeps view! I had to wait until the last person cleared the bridge. I like the sky in this one too and it’s shot from a Tomorrowland viewpoint.


While driving (slowly) I held the camera out the driver’s side window… no they wouldn’t let me get out of the car to take this shot. How many times have I driven under that sign and wanted to take a picture???


Another tight crop in the camera while holding the camera over my head to make the people go away. Gorgeous day too!


Hi Megan!!!


Green means we’re in!




Crazy contrast! And yes the sky was that blue!!!


Not so haunting.


Yes it is – but an expensive one.


I’m thinking “UP”!


We’ve always seen a face.


Almost golden.


Time to go…

Thanks for hanging with us!

Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170

Chris and Carol

Yashica’s ‘Sailor Boy’ – 1962

Yashica’s advertising figurine the ‘Sailor Boy’ first appeared in 1962 – closely associated with the launch of Yashica’s J-3 35mm single-lens reflex camera. It was made for Yashica by Modern Plastics of Japan and was produced in a variety of sizes – from a 20cm shop and dealer display model down to this little 10cm guy.

This one ⇓ came to our collection from Germany and man was he a dirty guy!


Covered with a coat of nicotine and grime, he looked like he was in a bar room fight! But he has a good casting and the paint looks good. Notice how grungy his hat is.


Since he was covered with a thin film of nicotine he was sticky!


Looks like he has a black eye!

After some restoration work in the studio, he’s looking ⇓ much better and brighter.


Nice and shiny! Still a hint of a black smudge near his right eye.


His hat is white again. If you look to collect one, be sure to look closely at the hat. Often the casting will be a bit porous there and show some pitting. This one is nice and smooth.


The manufacturer’s marks on the bottom. The round spot was meant to insert a small magnet so as to keep him in his place.

Made in Japan by Modern Plastics for Yashica. He’s never been given an official name from Yashica so we’ve always called him ‘Sailor Boy’ for obvious reasons. Some of the figurines will have ‘Yashica’ in katakana characters on the hat. We don’t have one like that – yet.


The 20cm shop model with the J-3. The eyelashes are different on the larger models otherwise they’re the same.


Not our collection! Wish it was! There is one missing – a 10 cm ‘Sailor Boy’ with green shoes otherwise this collection is complete. Notice the large doll on the back left does not have Yashica on his hat but does have green shoes. The one with the camera was released for the launch of the Yashica Electro 35 and as best as I can tell he’s modeled after Wee Willie Winkie from the Scottish nursery rhyme. These are on display at a Tokyo store that specializes in collectible figurines and dolls.

Thanks for your visit! And yes, we take donations of unwanted ‘Sailor Boys’!!! JK

Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S9900W