Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Before Satellite!


Growing up, my brothers and I eagerly awaited Sunday nights when
"The Wonderful World of Disney" came on. Television was a time when we all gathered together as a family to watch some of our once-a-year events. I have great (or should I say vivid!) memories of hiding behind dad's big blue chair during the "child catcher" scene in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", and the entire sequence of the flying monkeys in, "The Wizard of Oz."
Ahhhh..the memories. : )

39 comments:

  1. That's such a good memory for me, too! When we heard the music for the Wonderful world of Disney...it still gives me a feeling to think about it! My mother said I went behind the sofa to dress in my nightie so the TV people wouldn't see! heehee! ♥

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  2. Yes, Shirley is exactly as you are counting. On Sunday night we watched with my brother and my parents to Disney World, Sunday was the world of fantasy, another was the world of adventure, and so ...
    then take a bath and bed, getting up early on Monday to go to school very early. Very beautiful your illustration. I really like this wave that you are painting.

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  3. Shirley, thank you very much for your comment. I think there is a small mistake, you think that my wife is 33 years old... Mmmmm ... Ja Ja, No, she has several more years. (But for me it's as if she were 33, haha). We actually have 33 years of marriage.
    Thanks, a kiss.

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  4. Awww this is so sweet Shirley! Saturday nights was family TV night for us too, all six of us would share a packet of potato chips and watch a Disney movie :) Happy times! Thanks for bringing back some lovely memories!

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  5. lovely, so lovely this memory and this work :)*

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  6. Hello Shirley dear. You know, I really miss the old Disney Classic cartoons? I remember watching them on videos as a child and ended up ruining most of the tapes from rewinding them over and over again? Ah, those were the days...

    I love this painting, it brought back so many lovely memories... :)) oxx

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  7. Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog just now Shirley - Oh my goodness yes! I remember those chip bags! We would share ONE of those twin-bags between us all... oh and it was six including mum and dad - just four kids :)

    Wow I'm so glad your daughter loves those card designs, it's great because my brief was to create something that kids and adults could send - hurrah! Thanks Shirley, you've made my day!

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  8. What a wonderful illustration. I have a very vivid memory of watching Disney when I was in labor with my oldest son. Aah, the days of no cable, oh wait, I have that now. We're waiting for U-Verse to come to our neighborhood so we've been only watching Netflix for the past few months.

    I have to say, I don't miss it all that much.

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  9. Aww, sweet illustration and memories. OMG, the monkeys were SO scary! They still scare me ~ : 0

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  10. So sweet! I would be sure to watch The Wizard of Oz EVERY time it was on TV - I'd never miss it. Although when I was young, I was SO afraid of the witch houses peeking out from underneath Dorothy's house! :) Theresa

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  11. This is a lovely idea for satellite, Shirley! I even remember black and white TV!!

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  12. Hey Shirley

    You know what I love most about this? Apart from the kids, the wonderful memories, the classic television, the warm glow over a safe family gathering, the beautiful fresh water colour?

    The aerial! It;s just a gem of a detail that sets the feeling for the whole work.

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  13. ahhhhh, sweet memories, to this day the Disney theme music makes me reminisce. My grandparents still had a tv that looked just like this, that no longer worked with a newer, snazzier version on top of it until my grandfather passed away, great illustration, I love everything about it.

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  14. ahh we had something similar with scobby doo and the muppet show. great colours.

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  15. This is just so awesome on so many levels (Bows down).

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  16. you are so kind to me, you know.
    sweet memories, yes, i remember watching Disney with my little sister every Friday nights (not Sundays, a bit different, hehe...)

    lovely illustration, Shirley!

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  17. I totally agree with your post!Memories:)
    Wonderful and lovely illustration!

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  18. Very cool! Though I have to put in a vote for Saturday morning cartoons (80s) with Thundercats, Voltron, and other Anime classics!

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  19. ah yes! The flying monkeys of the wizard of oz, still freaks me out!
    This is a great illustration, shirley!!!
    Wonderful.
    Heather

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  20. Such a sweet moment captured in your illustration!
    Do you want to laugh? I never saw many of these shows in color until my parents bought a color TV! Still struggling to keep up with technology to this day! ;o)

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  21. Lovely memories...what sweet poses too :)

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  22. Great work- you really captured the moment perfectly!

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  23. Oh my goodness how this takes me back to my hay days with my parents in our very large apartment. We loved Swanson TV dinners in front of the T.V. on Friday evenings. We loved watching those wonderful program and the bestest thing in the world was a Sunday night with the Wonderful World of Disney! How fantastic was that??? The illustration is so on point. This is wonderful Shirley. Keep em coming girly he he he he!
    Hugs
    V

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  25. Hey Shirley! Love this. Thanks for bringing me down memory lane! You described my Sunday night memories to a tee. The Wonderful World of Disney way the bestest and Vanessa said. The T.V. even looks like our old T.V. I remember sitting close to the T.V. and my dad would complain that he couldn't see through me :o) ... and us kids were the human remote controls when the volume had to be adjusted or the channel changed. Another winner my friend!

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  26. Hmmmm, not too old since I can remember a few of those cartoons as well ;)! Though I never did out grow them - still watch them when I can!

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  27. :')

    owww... memories, memories...
    happy memories!

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  28. Lovely illustration and what a memory. Reminds me of how terrified I was of the flying monkeys as a child...

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  29. oh. my. gawd! this so reminds me of when i was a wee one. similar tradition. we just started our 'family movie night' with the little one thanks to the lion king sunday night. a wonderful, wonderful illustration, shirley!

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  30. Your illustration touches the heart with sweet memories of long gone days. Sunday nights and The Wonderful World of Disney was so much a part of the family routine. Your warm colours and watercolour work is charming. I am so glad I came by!

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  31. Oh so sweet! Disney on Sunday nights, absolutely. It was a tradition! Did you ever watch the original Mickey Mouse Club in black and white? And Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. Except for the killing scenes; couldn't watch those. Aaah, when TV was a family event. Good times, good times.

    OH! Watched Alice last night and LOOOOOVED it! Whoa, so surreal!

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  32. Do you know that my family did not have television until I was in high school? By that time, I did not like watching it then. I still could not get myself to watch television unless it's news and even then I am doing something else.

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  33. this is wonderful, you have captured all the magic and intensity of those times in your illustration :o)

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  34. Such a wonderful idea for the topic! Your illo really gives a cosy feeling of watching TV together.

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  35. Me too have a great time watching Disney!
    Just so tempting and addicted to TV programmes!
    Too bad, I have 6 years not watching TV...

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