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#75552 1939 Movie From Chrysler

Posted by specialbunny on 30 May 2009 - 08:25 PM

Hey! I just found this on one of my random websites: It's a movie called "New Directions".. it seems to be a stop motion film from the '39 Fair.

here's the movie:

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#96945 Graffiti headache at State Pavilion

Posted by JOHNNY AT THE FAIR on 04 January 2013 - 05:05 PM

Let me first give my apology to Mike, I guess with all the hard work we put into the Pavillion I didn't see what he was really saying. I do have the latest report on the study of the Pavillion and Mitch is correct, the structure is in sound condition but there are pieces of concrete falling off the columns. It would be unsafe for the public to walk around, and the outer rooms are a complete disaster. We have found a mattress in one where a homeless person was sleeping ( remnants of the Fereal Pavillion) but with all that said we will be there this spring and start our scraping and painting of the interior walls and mezzanine band. I met with the new commissioner today and she gave full support to our cause. We also talked about ideas for the Fairs 50th anniversary. Will post to keep everyone up to date....Johnny
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#96967 Another drone visits the pavilion

Posted by WhoopsieDayze on 05 January 2013 - 10:47 AM

I found this on Youtube today. It was taken after the hurricane and has some fabulous views of the towers.  :)




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#75952 A Pavilion With An Identity Crisis

Posted by Bill Cotter on 12 June 2009 - 07:14 PM

Here's a view of the Czechoslovakia Pavilion at Man and His World in 1972:

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It's not too hard to guess what pavilion this was during Expo, is it? I'm surprised they couldn't do a better job of erasing the old name.
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#75531 1939-1940 NYWF park tour

Posted by Bill Cotter on 30 May 2009 - 02:31 PM

I had 8 or 9 yesterday so I can guess who voted against me. I can live with it.

As to the permit - if one is needed I'm willing to foot the $25 for it as a way of showing my support. I really doubt I can get there in person due to work commitments but I'll be there in spirit. I'm also sending some material to Jason to use as give-aways and door prizes as he sees fit. I hope it's a great day for all those who go.
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#75525 An Observation

Posted by Bogframe on 30 May 2009 - 08:45 AM

I have noticed that over the last year, the general tone of this board has taken a decidedly nasty turn. I refuse to point fingers and name names; those who have been guilty of all the sniping and ugliness know who they are and what they have done.
People, before the name change, this was known as Peace Through Understanding. By and large, that is exactly what this board was, and why I enjoyed coming here on a daily basis. I'm sad to say that I don't feel that way anymore. I don't know why some of you were drawn here, but in my case it was to keep the memory of my childhood visits to the 1964/65 New York World's Fair alive in my head, and to hear the experience of others who shared it; and we had that!
Now, however, it seems that every thread I read has someone jumping all over someone else for no apparent reason than to start conflict. I don't need this.
I'm going to take a month-long break from PTU and hope that when I return, this board will again reflect that wonderful ideal,
Peace Through Understanding
Good day and good luck,

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#74981 1939-1940 NYWF park tour

Posted by j4sing on 04 May 2009 - 04:17 PM

Mark this date on your calendars-

Tuesday, July 14,2009

I will be giving a tour of FMCP focusing on the New York World's Fair of 1939-1940.

The tour group will meet at 9:00am at the 1964 Main Entrance Building, top of the ramp.

This tour will emphasize on the size comparisons of the two fairs, and also give an insight on the area's previous incarnations, those being both a dismal ash dump and a pristine wetland before that.

The tour will start with a visit the Bridge of Flags, Garden of Nations area, and acknowledge the sites of many international pavilions from the 1939 fair, along with the League of Nations pavilion. then proceed to the eastern border of the fairgrounds, formerly the site of the Boy Scout Camp from 1939 and now a brand new recreation center.

The tour will then proceed to the Fountain of Planets(Lagoon of Nations for this tour) and follow the complete original path of the Flushing River to the Lake, pointing out the locations of the court of states,and the massive Soviet Union Pavilion. Medicus DVD footage of these pavilions will be available on a portable DVD player.
At the former site of the Aquacade, a video DVD of the actual 1939 show will be shown on a small screen.
The tour will emphasize on the size of the 1939 Amusement Zone, and visit the 1939 location of the Parachute Jump.
The Tour will then visit the Queens Museum, with an extensive tour of the building's exterior along with the museum exhibits.
From there, it will be decided on whether to visit the Transportation Zone or head back up into the main Fairgrounds, time dependent.

I encourage tour guests to bring bottled water, and carb snacks, it's a lot of walking!

This should be an interesting and informative tour. More info coming soon.
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#105109 New York State Pavilion Anniversary Event!

Posted by Randy Treadway on 22 April 2014 - 09:24 AM

All I'm seeing on Facebook says today's events are a smash hit--- with waiting lines to see the NYS Pavilion snaking around, across the bridge and all the way over to the zoo. Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people, according to the photos I'm seeing. A big eye-opener for the Parks Department. A three hour wait I'm hearing, and you're limited to 10 minutes inside. Sounds like the Fair 50 years ago, doesn't it? :D
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#108458 Astonishing Color Footage!

Posted by SonnyTFox on 13 January 2015 - 08:58 AM

Great film,thanks for posting.I especially enjoyed the shots inside the U.S. Pavillion.I spent the 3 day memorial day weekend at Expo 67with 4 of my friends.We drove 12 hours from N.Y. stopping only for food and bathroom breaks.We were very impressed by the sheer size of the fair.It was at least twice the size of the 64 N.Y.W.F.You guys know better than I but,

if I remember correctly it was on 5 Islands on the St.Laurence.I also remember how quiet the Subway /Metro was compared to N.Y.since the trains rode on rubber wheels as compared to N.Y.Subway metal on metal.

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#107293 VIP Lounge in the US Pavilion

Posted by Sheri C on 04 October 2014 - 08:53 AM

Hi Everyone,

 I hoped to join a pre-existing thread but couldn't find one suitable. The VIP cocktail lounge was where we (as guides) would meet and greet before taking celebrities, dignitaries, journalists, politicians, and other special folks on tour. It had skylights so you could look straight up to the top of the bubble where the orange and white canopied parachutes floated. You could order anything and there was also a great chef in the kitchen preparing hors d'oeuvres.

 I've attached the booklet with an infinite list of complimentary cocktails, dominated by Seagram's who basically ran it. I took a photo of the one cocktail (cordial) glass that I've managed NOT to break. When Expo was over, the staff was invited to pillage the cocktail storage rooms. We were also invited to take a limited number of other exhibit items. I have a Raggedy Andy from that display on the whimsical first level.

 I hope you enjoy seeing the private side of the Expo experience. And I look forward to contributing more images, souvenirs, and memories as I explore boxes. Ok...now where were those.....?


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#106240 Souvenir Shop At The Fair

Posted by Jim on 01 June 2014 - 09:13 PM

I would love to have just five minutes, a huge wad of cash and a large bag in that place. 


Actually, I do have a several small Trylon and Perisphere souvenirs like the one this man is holding.

I always look for them at flea markets and antique shows.


Those photographs are so clear and crisp.  And he was selling some cool things.


Question:  Those can't be fly strips hanging from the ceiling can they?  I would like to think

they're some sort of decoration or something but I think I know better.

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#106086 Greyhound Escorter Returns

Posted by BigMike1024 on 26 May 2014 - 01:25 AM

Lady Camille and Jon .... What fun it was indeed! Your group made it feel like 1964, it just all came together and felt like it was meant to be.

I am still getting emails and phone calls from people we met at the festival. Currently the Escorter is on it's way to the GOOGLE campus where it will be examined as they want to update and build a new Solar, Electric, Driverless "People Mover" guided by Google Earth. I can't tell you anymore than that for now, but maybe some day in the near future we will see a new World's Fair with "Google Escorters" zipping around.


After this Summer the Escorter will be getting ready to do some "Tomorrowland" movie press tours, including a trip to Epcot and Disney World.


There are a few photo shoots coming up and the've asked about getting some retro models to recreate some Vintage Shots using 35mm film and digital cameras. I would like to give them your names or contact info.


Stay in touch


Big Mike

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#105775 Help with a musical about the Fair?

Posted by molassesonassis on 13 May 2014 - 10:58 AM

I have to agree with Eric, that the word "tomorrow" is mainly tied with the 1939-40 NYWF. Also for the most part is largely a depression era term.


The 1964-65 NYWF was more about the immediate future that the earlier fair.  This is what you can have now and this is what you'll have in a decade or two. 


My impression of visitors is they just enjoyed the fair and were not hit over the head by corporate America.  That being said, the average American 50 years ago was not as savvy about advertising as we are today. 

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#105768 Help with a musical about the Fair?

Posted by waynebretl on 13 May 2014 - 07:19 AM

"Did you feel hit over the head with the presence of corporate America, or were you so entertained that it didn't register? "


Definitely the latter - and although the '64 fair was much more "near future" than the '39 fair, it had something that I have not seen mentioned about '39, and that is, a sense of the momentum of technology, due to covering its history as well as future directions. This was seen most plainly in the "Carousel of Progress," but in other exhibits too. You just felt that we were doing wonderful things and would be doing more. 

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#105582 Back in the New York (World's Fair) groove!

Posted by JessGuinan on 06 May 2014 - 03:00 PM

My goodness, has it really been TEN YEARS since I posted in these forums?!?!?! Since PTU was mentioned last week, I decided to register again and check out the discussions. :D


It was so great seeing the Bills at the Queens Theater on the anniversary! I was apparently such a big donor at the museum that I'm going to be acknowledged in the playbills this season! What $20 can get you, huh?


Looking forward to talking to everyone again...even though I interact with most of you daily on Facebook!!!



Formerly known as JerkfaceJess :P

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#105502 Good bye and thank you, Ray Dashner :-(

Posted by Bill Cotter on 03 May 2014 - 08:57 PM

I have the recordings and am working on a suitable permanent home.
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#105473 1964 British Pathé Newsreels On New York World's Fair

Posted by waynebretl on 02 May 2014 - 08:15 PM

The color reel is fantastic, including the night shots - some of the best fountain footage.  Thanks!

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#105459 Rare Film Footage Inside The Perisphere

Posted by Bill Cotter on 02 May 2014 - 04:58 PM

Great footage. Thanks.

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#105392 Awesome Images of Hipsters at NYWF's 50th

Posted by Randy Treadway on 01 May 2014 - 08:19 AM

She was dressed a lot like this lady. The wife of an alcoholic husband who couldn't just bring home a SMALL bottle from the World's Fair, but insisted he wanted the big one. :D

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#105357 Happy 75th Anniversary 1939 NYWF

Posted by magikbilly on 30 April 2014 - 06:42 AM

Hi All,


 No words of wisdom, no color pics - just my best wishes on this75th anniversary to all of you :D



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