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Mystery Location: Update

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Here is a picture of me in the early 80's.

This photo really puzzles me.  Where was it taken?  My guess is Main Street because of the large window display, but the tile ground (which I obviously have no problem walking on barefoot) doesn't look familiar.  Maybe Fantasyland?  Where were/are there cement pillars like that?  Anybody know?
UPDATE:
Imagineering Disney has found the mystery location!  

Thanks to everyone who helped research!

Jaws Film Locations: Part 3

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Before we get to the exciting conclusion of this series of posts, I want to take a minute to give you a lesson in Location Stalking 101.

Let's say you want to find the house from Home Alone.  This is an easy one, a simple google search will lead you to 671 Lincoln Ave.  Winnetka, Illinois.  See:


There are times when the internet has no clues for you.  Maybe you can find photos of the place but no address.  This was the problem I was faced with years ago when I was looking for Rushmore locations.  In this situation your best bet is paying attention to address numbers, street signs, and landmarks.  I found the Barber Shop from Rushmore and the Pawn Shop from Pulp Fiction based on the washateria across the street (Rushmore) and the address numbers (Pulp Fiction).  Google street siew is also an amazing tool to make sure the address from the internet is correct, or to see if the location still exist (In the case of Pulp Fiction, most are gone).  Finding Chief Brodys' house was by f…

Jaws Film Locations: Part 2

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Alright kids, for this installment we are going to jump around the film a bit, starting with Brody's drive into town.

Here he is driving to work.

When I first compared the two pictures it struck me that maybe these scenes were filmed in the fall after the summer crowds had died down.  That might explain the dead grass.

Here is another shot taken a few seconds later.

This area has really been built up since.
After this shot he drives past the Amity sign, for some reason in my rush to take pictures I forgot to get the current shot.  Just so you know, it's a giant field, no remnants of the sign...

Later in the film, Brody talks to the Mayor. The lighthouse is right across the street from where the Amity sign was.

This scene is very deceptive.  I couldn't line it up the way I wanted, and as you can see below the lighthouse (Gay Head Lighthouse) is blocked by a large bush/tree.  The lighthouse itself is also further back than it appears in the films scene.  The Mayor must have …

Jaws Film Locations: Part 1

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My wife works as a life guard on Cape Cod over the summer.  We discussed going to Martha's Vineyard when I came to visit her .  I put my Jaw's dvd in and spent a few days taking screen shots and doing a lot of google mapping.

Let's start with Chief Brodys' walk through town.
Here he is leaving his office.

The building has been slightly remodeled.

Then he reaches the end of the street.

Unfortunately the street was littered with cars, but you get the picture.

Further down the street

There was a plaque on the tree saying it was 100's of years old.

Saying hello to this guy.

This place has had some work done to it.

The Newspaper office.
Has not changed

Here is where some old guy stops him.

Here it is today.

Main Street

The store on the left is where he buys his "beach closed" supplies.  Now it's a convenient store.

He comes out of the store with his supplies.

Someone thought it was a good idea to put a pole in the way.

Then he talks to the Mayor