Posts Tagged ‘hipstamatic’

Hipstamatic Disneyland: Frontierland

by on May 31, 2012

A few weeks ago, I introduced you to the wondrous photographic time machine that is the Hipstamatic iPhone app.

In this installment of my ongoing visual gallery, I want to go on a virtual voyage back to the 1970s, when Disneyland’s Frontierland looked…pretty much the same as it does today. As long as you ignore the late-model mountains at either end, modern Hipstaprints from the middle of Frontierland look like might as well have been taken forty years ago.


The clothes are the giveaway that these aren’t Polaroids out of my attic.

The Shooting Exposistion recently had its marquee refurbished, so this really is a historical photo now…

Does anyone remember if Disneyland did Day of the Dead decor back in the 70s?

This petrified tree was an anniversary gift from Walt to his wife. Legend says she was less then thrilled, and made him put it in his park instead of their home.

The rigging of the Sailing Ship Columbia is truly timeless.

One last look at the Mark Twain riverboat pulling into its dock.

Do you have favorite Hipstamatic pics, or genuine instamatic photos from past? Please pass them along to and we may feature them on our blog!

Hipstamatic Disneyland

by on May 17, 2012

One of my hobbies is collecting images and ephemera from the early decades of the Disney theme parks. I have a particular weakness for memorabilia that gives a glimpse from the 1960s and 70s. Photographs from that era have an unmistakeable texture that makes me want to go back in time.

Unfortunately, my Way-Back machine is broken, and out-of-print Polaroid film is outrageously expensive on eBay. Fortunately, thanks to the iPhone, photographers have the next best thing. It’s an inexpensive app called Hipstamatic, and it instantly transforms your cutting-edge smartphone into a clunky piece of analogue optical awesomes.

Hipstamatic features numerous simulated films and filters that can re-combined to create refreshingly organic digital images. There are other similar software suites (such as Instagram) that sport superficially similar “vintage” effects, but only Hipstamatic’s effort feel so authentically old-fashioned that their artlessness becomes artistic.

In future posts, I plan to present some documentation of my Hipstamatic time travels around the Happiest Place on Earth. For starters, enjoy this gallery from Main Street U.S.A., starring the Disneyland Band and a bunch of balloons with a certain distinctive shape.