Sources: Goofy Golf from the 60's, 1973 Dinosaurs Golden Book, fall/winter 1964-1965 modern needle craft magazine (hilarious!), The 1964-65 World's Fair Dinosaurs from Sinclair's Dinoland exhibit, 1987 Dino Costume Pattern, The Lost World Book, 1953. The rest of the images are mine.
Notice Cooper's overly enthused "scared" look? Campbell's scared look is much more believable. (This is what happens when it's near 100 degrees and your Mom asks you to pose with certain faces for photos. So funny.)
So this was our experience at Dinosaur World in Cave City, Kentucky. It truly was fantastic. From a parent's point of view, it was a GREAT place to take your kids, especially dino fanatics like my son. The grounds are well kept and the way the dinos are placed throughout the place is really wonderful. Thankfully most of them are dispersed throughout wooded areas, so you can stay in the shade most of the time. It's a great learning experience for those not well-versed in dino-history, although Campbell is a walking dino-encyclopedia so he was all over it!
I took a lot of polaroids here and I almost think our experience is best told through those photos.. Humongous fake dinos just translate very well onto polaroid film. ; ) It scratched my kitsch itch (even though these dinos have a more realistic look unlike the more simplifed and crudely shaped dinos from vintage roadside Americana, they are still fun to photograph).
Don't you love the vintage images I found above? The World's Fair photograph was actually taken in my neck of the country, in Smyrna, GA. How amazing would that have been to see?