Twiggy @ Disneyland

BACKSTORY: On April 27, 1967, super-model Twiggy (Lesley Hornby) and her entourage spent a day at Disneyland, filming segments for her June 1967 show, “Twiggy: Why?” Most of these photos also feature her then boyfriend, manager, and Svengali, Nigel Davies, who changed his name to Justin de Villeneuve. Even back then, people reinvented themselves and their backgrounds. The two split up in 1973 when Twiggy discovered he was taking more than his share of her earnings for himself.

Modern Screen Magazine Twiggy article, August 1967Modern Screen Magazine covered the visit in their August 1967 issue in a story titled "TWIGGY – Mod About Disneyland": The legend of Twiggy began in London and spread around the world. So it was just a matter of time 'til she came to Hollywood. She was there for a TV special, but in between work she made like a tourist. The 17-year old top mod model visited studios and bought a lot of clothes (natch). But it was Disneyland that won her heart. Because there, in that land of dreams, she stopped being a celebrity and became a young girl having a wonderful time with her fella, Justin de Villeneuve.

The photos below are from Modern Screen Magazine.

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ABOARD THE COLUMBIA

RIDING THE PACK MULES

AT THE PLAZA INN

ABOARD THE HORSE-DRAWN STREETCAR

ABOARD THE DISNEYLAND RAILROAD

AT SLEEPING BEAUTY’S CASTLE

AT A FANTASYLAND SOUVENIR STAND

AT TINKERBELL’S TOY SHOP IN FANTASYLAND

FRISBEES AT TINKERBELL’S TOY SHOP IN FANTASYLAND

Disneyland Frisbee photoI was recently contacted by Martin of fristory.com who pointed out some interesting info about one of the items for sale in Tinker Bell’s Toy Shop.

“In frisbee collecting, we try to piece together the lineage of molds and production runs to try to get a better sense of when things were actually being produced and discern among different variations. Flyin' Saucers were first made in the late 40's by Fred Morrison and Warren Franscioni with the molds going to Southern California Plastics for production. Eventually, Fred and Warren parted ways. Fred made a new mold and called the disc the Pluto Platter which was eventually sold to Wham-o and it's name changed to Frisbee.

“Flyin' Saucers (as they were called on the package) are believed to have been first produced for Disneyland in 1958 through an agreement with Southern California Plastics who had connections to Monsanto (creators and sponsors of the House of Tomorrow). We know this because of a Monsanto advertisement for the Flyin' Saucer on the back of Dell comic books in late 1957 which called out SCP as the manufacturer. Plus, there are some existing contractual documents between SCP and Disney that have been reproduced in Phil Kennedy's book "Flat, Flip, Flies Straight." As far as we collectors knew, these discs were only sold through the late 50's, but your photo shows one on the racks in 1967 (so some further investigation is required to try to determine exactly which period disc is in the bag and try to tell from the packaging when it was manufactured...as it may just be old stock on the shelves...). SCP went out of business in 1969, so it is entirely possible they were manufacturing these until they closed their doors...eventually, we know the mold went to several different other manufacturers and was re-tooled several times but has since disappeared and is probably in a scrap yard somewhere!”

TEACUPS & FANTASYLAND

ON MAIN STREET

ON THE MATTERHORN

WALKING THROUGH FANTASYLAND & SMALL WORLD

IN ADVENTURELAND WITH MR. HYDE/PHANTOM OF THE OPERA