Friday, June 23, 2006

A Little Slice of Logo Heaven




Ah, the old days of EPCOT Center. When the future was cool, when sleek and shiny was in, when optimism reigned supreme.

Remember that? I spent many days (I can admit this now, in my 30s, but denied it vehemently in my youth) drawing logos from EPCOT Center on my book covers and notebooks, tracing pictures of them on my Disney light-table (did anyone else have one of those?!), waiting impatiently for the day that EPCOT Center would open. Living in California, there was no way I was going to be able to actually visit it back then, but just the thought that it was possible got my mind racing. (Thankfully, I actually did get to visit in June 1983, thanks to a family vacation probably designed to relieve everyone from having to listen to my EPCOT Center "reports" any longer.)

Now, an EPCOT Central blog reader sends me this link to some fantastic, fabulous, beyond wonderful t-shirt creations on Zazzle.com. The reader nets $1 from each shirt sold, which s/he promises to donate to charity. Meanwhile, I'm in EPCOT nerd heaven with these shirts! Oh ... and these, too -- more awesome EPCOT shirts!

10 comments:

Colonel Hathi said...

I too had a Disney light table back in the late 70s. It came with several tracing templates for just about every Disney animated character known--even Mary Poppins!

I used colored pencils to create scenes with my favorite characters, then filled in the background.

That light table traveled with me everywhere, and I mean EVERYWHERE. My babysitters loved it because it kept me occupied for hours. It was my favorite toy for at least 2 or 3 years. In fact, thinking about it makes me wish I had it now.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

Colonel Hathi said...

I too had a Disney light table back in the late 70s. It came with several tracing templates for just about every Disney animated character known--even Mary Poppins!

I used colored pencils to create scenes with my favorite characters, then filled in the background.

That light table traveled with me everywhere, and I mean EVERYWHERE. My babysitters loved it because it kept me occupied for hours. It was my favorite toy for at least 2 or 3 years. In fact, thinking about it makes me wish I had it now.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

Colonel Hathi said...

double post, sorry all

Epcot82 said...

Yes! THAT'S the one!

Wasn't that the coolest thing ever? Who knew that it was actually not too far off from what animators actually used.

The only downside was that your hand would get really, really hot after a while. I think my parents still have mine somewhere in the attic. I hope so. That thing was a heck of a good time. :-)

Jackie said...

There's another round of EPCOT shirts out there on Cafe Press -- but I doubt there's any chartiable benevolence involved with them.

Epcot82 said...

Thanks, Jackie! I just added a link to that site, too. Man, my work colleagues are going to think I'm nuts with a suddenly exponentially larger EPCOT Center wardrobe!

jeffb said...

EPCOT 82 - great blog - keep up the excellent work!


I thought you might like this picture that I posted up to the Inside the magic photo blog (this is the back of one of the cafe express shirts).

http://imageserver4.textamerica.com/user.images.x/22/IMG_504022/Big/_0617/T520060617195132344.jpg

Epcot82 said...

Awesome. Great shirts! And ... thanks!

Overloaded Noggin said...

I am a huge Epcot (and WDW fan in general) and have created many shirts and such of the old logos as I love them so much. My daughter who is six and has now inherited my WDW love was passing out buttons I made of the logos to kids in the park when we were there in Jan. Her favorite is the Land logo, I prefer either the EPCOT Center logo or just the plain old WDW logo from back in the day. Here is a link to the buttons I made: http://stores.ebay.com/OverloadedNoggin_Walt-Disney-World_W0QQcolZ4QQdirZ1QQfsubZ7329552QQftidZ2QQtZkm

I also did some shirts, sticker and such that I did on Cafepress. http://overloadednoggin.com/

Franklin Arthur said...

i have these tattooed on my right forearm. good to see there are others who share the same like.