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Dave DeCaro
Custom paintings, photography, and general creativity
Custom paintings, photography, and general creativity

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Union Station Hotel
Built in 1900, Nashville's Union Station became a luxury hotel in 1986. I love a good adaptive reuse that preserves historic detail while finding new life for something that might have been torn down instead. Last year, a $15.5 million renovation was comple...

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Welcome to Puckett's
Sporting five locations, I was completely unaware of Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant until my recent visit to Nashville. The location I visited was brand spanking new; in fact, it wasn't even officially open yet. Thanks to my very persuasive friend Michelle,...

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Praying on the Matterhorn
I could not resist when I saw this vintage photo of actor Robert Crawford Jr. and his girlfriend on the Matterhorn. Her face and praying hands say it all. Crawford had a bit part on three episodes of the Disney "Zorro" television show in 1958 as well as a p...

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Temple Tuesdays: 1950s Shirley
Shirley Temple helps us usher in Valentine's Day with a color photo showing Director Mitchell Leisen zipping her up in one of the Don Loper gowns that she wore on "The Shirley Temple Storybook," circa 1957. The edge of another one of her dresses can be seen...

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Just when you thought it was safe...
Yes folks, it's the return of SCARY Mickey and Minnie Mouse! Three new vintage shots to add to my collection, beginning with one of Mickey and Minnie from January 1959, hanging out in Fantasyland. The little girl in front looks like she's about to lose it. ...

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Inside the Bazaar
Vintage Disneyland slides are always thrilling to discover - especially when they show the exterior of an attraction, shop, or restaurant. Back in the day, most people didn't bother taking indoor shots because your typical consumer camera needed a flash to ...

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Miner's Hardware
My earliest shot of the Miner's Hardware store in Rainbow Ridge is from November 1956. Recently, I acquired a beautiful February 1958 image that allows us to see all kinds of vivid color! TWO pot belly stoves for $6.75? What a deal! Miner's Hard...

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Japanese Dancers at Magnolia Park
These Japanese dancers from December 1961 are performing at the Magnolia Park bandstand, located approximately where the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse would be built in less than a year. These are the most "recent" shots in my collection before the bandst...

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Temple Tuesdays: Shirley is MAH-velous
On October 23, 1960, Shirley Temple and Fernando Lamas starred in "Little Men," an episode of "The Shirley Temple Show." This is inspired casting at its finest! Judging by these photos, Shirley spent a lot of time crying during this episode. Or did Fernando...

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Splash Mountain Ride-Through
This year will mark the 28th Anniversary of Disneyland's Splash Mountain. While it is still a popular attraction, it is one that I rarely ride. Typically, guests get fairly wet, so unless you bring a change of clothes, things can get somewhat uncomfortable ...
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