Ghosts & Dolls

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Click Image To Launch Gallery – Wardrobe – Circa 1950s
The Front Veranda. There have never been any reported hauntings on the front veranda but it was F.O. Stanley’s favorite place to sit and enjoy the view of the Rocky Mountains.

The Stanley Hotel is known for both its historic and paranormal appeal. It’s the most haunted hotel in the United States. It’s been turned into fiction and it’s been turned into film.

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Red dress – Circa 1960′s formal
The Billiards Room. There have been ghosts of children photographed in this room
and light purple orbs captured on film.

Stephen King stayed here one snowy night at the end of the season. He walked the halls and stayed up late drinking at the bar. What he encountered could not be explained. The General Manager of the Stanley, Rick Benton, explains that King was working on a book about a haunted amusement park; a book that wasn’t working and he knew it. The Stanley, an apparent hub and playground for ghosts and unreal entities set the author on a new path to one of his most celebrated works The Shining. But are these apparitions indeed real? Or is there something else about this haunting hotel?

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Wardrobe – Circa 1960′s Victoria Royal
The Music Room. Many who stay at the hotel and venture around the lobby claim they can hear music coming from the music room. They will walk toward the room and hear music coming from Flora Stanley’s Steinway piano but no one is playing the piano. Some believe that Flora still to this day will play her beloved piano for guests.

Benton notes the bedrock beneath the hotel, the quartz and granite that seem capable of trapping and containing energies. Are the atrocities that haunt history still with us? Controversy has stirred up the public imagination over Kubrick’s rendition of The Shining. Was Kubrick defining the story about a frustrated writer not attending to his family’s needs, losing his sense of reality and exploding from within in a murderous rage, or was he discussing a much bigger picture, a more expansive frame of mind?

The actions of just one individual or that of an entire nation, whether evil and unkind or noble and just, seems to be held in memory, and it seems at the Stanley they are held in rooms and hallways. People have cited ghosts of former employees and tourists visiting the hotel. Benton explained it was common during the Great Depression and World War II for grieving widows to commit suicide in private hotels to avoid being buried in a mass grave. There was once a woman that came here to drown her own children and take her own life. Those two young girls supposedly still frolic the fourth floor, horsing around as though the past had never died. At the Stanley the past mixes with the present. The ghosts that still drift about in the hallways, closets, kitchens and ballrooms let their presence be known. Benton can recall his own incidents of passing through apparitions. Guests take photographs of ghosts that reveal something beyond our rational explanations.

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Dress – Circa 1940′s Swing Set, Shoes Un Deux Trois
The Fourth Floor. The fourth floor of the Stanley Hotel has the most paranormal activity reported. It is infamous for the reports of children running and playing when none are present in the hotel. These children are also known to tug on sheets in the middle of the night.

Madison Moellers, from the TV Series Shameless calls Estes Park home, Madison is dressed in vintage clothing reminiscent of the little girls on the fourth floor. She looks ghostly and ethereal. Madison is going on contract to Tokyo for her “doll look” with those big blue eyes. Asia is obsessed with girls that look like dolls the way America is obsessed with hauntings and ghosts. Madison played with dolls, giving them names and joining them in with her imaginary friend. Doesn’t every child have an imaginary friend, or are they ghosts? Does the human imagination fade as we age or can we still experience something beyond?

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Dress – Circa 1950′s Anne Fogarty
One of the most common occurrences in the guest rooms on the third floor is the manipulation of electronics, such as, cameras and phones with full batteries just shutting down and televisions turning on at strange hours of the night.

Photography by Rodney Ray
Story by Timothy J. Fuller

All vintage outfits from Fashion by Robert Black
Styling – Emily Choi
Hair & Makeup – Lindsay Solonycze & Mone’t Howard
Model – Actress Madison Moellers

Location – The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado – where horror novelist Stephen King stayed and was inspired to write The Shining. The television mini-series was also shot there, Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures names it as one of the most haunted hotels in the United States.

7 Comments

  1. Marcia
    December 13, 2013 - Reply

    Love it! Getting amazing emails from agents saying how much they love it. Thank you!

  2. Mary
    December 13, 2013 - Reply

    Madison what a wonderful photo shoot and story! Oh how i miss Estes Park and the Stanley! Keep up the beautiful job.. Your gorgeous …
    You rock!
    hugs,
    Mary

  3. December 13, 2013 - Reply

    What a little star Madison is! Love her & can’t wait to see what ahead for her.

  4. Joanne Helmuth
    December 13, 2013 - Reply

    Beautiful photos that capture the spirit of the hotel fabulously! Love it!

  5. Lori
    December 13, 2013 - Reply

    Yes, she is a doll indeed! The outfits are wonderful! The photos captures the Stanley in it’s glamour and eeriness ! Interesting article too! Good Job, Tinsel Tokyo!

  6. Lisa L Arri
    December 13, 2013 - Reply

    Maddie, you are amazing. We are very proud of you. Keep up the great work. ZA sends her love.

  7. May 14, 2014 - Reply

    Madison Moellers is the Next Big Thing. Tinseltown take note. This kid is a star on the horizon. I’m a huge fan & can’t wait to see what’s next on her acting roster! Great fashion spread BTW Maddie. Loving the Vintage looks :)

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