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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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#93241 Polynesian Pavilion 1964

Posted by Randy Treadway on 12 June 2012 - 09:44 PM

film footage of one of the Fire dancers at 2:48

In spite of the 1965 title on this footage, the view of the Chrysler Pavilion shows it to be painted in the 1964 paint scheme.
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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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#109136 Disney museum in San Francisco has Fair exhibits

Posted by Bill Cotter on 16 March 2015 - 10:15 PM

The museum has invited me to participate in a NYWF event in September. I'll post details here when they're finalized.

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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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#109332 His & Her shots on the Texaco map

Posted by Doug Seed on 30 March 2015 - 05:37 AM

Go read about how they created the images on the floor at the London Olympics (I think it was London). It used dozens of coordinated, computer controlled projectors and they could shoot any image they wanted onto the arena floor without it being disturbed by the events happening on the floor. Fascinating.  The terrazzo was astounding and the fact that they made so many changes between seasons is even more amazing! The man whose grandfather and father built the map told me that there had been plans to move it to the Time Life building in Manhattan.

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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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#106221 For Those Who Attended The Fair: What Souvenirs Did You Bring Home?

Posted by Larry L on 31 May 2014 - 03:20 PM

I have some stuff that I took home with me from my Greyhound gig - my hat badge (which I used to use to get free rides on Greyound buses, though it didn't always work), and my (ha ha) Aetna Safe Driving Award, and some maps and my id cards from both years, and the instruction manual for the GM bus, and some cartoons I drew about my job, and some other stuff that I'm forgetting right now I think. 

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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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#105915 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Park

Posted by Yessongs on 19 May 2014 - 12:54 PM

So there have been a couple of events at the park and I kept waiting for someone to post a recap but nothing yet....so....yesterday (5-18) I took the family for a stroll around the 50th Anniversary celebration.


Now - a brief disclaimer...this happened to be the day that my wife was really NOT feeling well but wanted to come to support my interest - as a result - I didn't get to do all the things we planned nor spend even a fraction of the time I hoped so my overview is somewhat limited:


We arrive around 1:15pm and the parking was already so jammed in the park that we were directed to park at Citi Field and walk over the bridge/boardwalk to enter the park:


Here are the pole banners that were at the entrance:



They were handing out these flyers to everyone who entered the park:






Here's the scene as we entered...not terribly busy but still - it's usually empty:




As we walked along a path I noticed these signs leading us to the Unisphere:



The closer we got - the more I realized that the fountains were on! - Check out the washed out area at the top of this photo - that's water:





We got to the Unisphere and, boy, those water jets shoot really high! Just as I was lining up a photo....they shut down the fountains to a collective disappointed "Awwww" from everyone around the pool :(. I never did see them come back on.


Sooo...off to the Queens museum to find a bathroom for the wife and munchkin. While there we took in the Andy Warhol "10 Most Wanted" display and visited the museums W.F. collection - now, on the second floor. The wife had never seen the Panorama and she was quite impressed - then off to the gift shop where I picked up this nifty patch:



Then it was time to visit the NYSP - as we walk up I am amazed - not only by the amazing state of the re-paint but by the replaced blue globes! I am going on and on to the wife how my friends on this site have worked so hard to restore what they can, but the globes are a total surprise. Now, understand, she not only does not understand social networking but she hates that it exists and goes on to tell me that I don't really know anyone here - it's just an internet thing.


Then, like on-cue, Richard Post walks up and slaps me on the back:



His timing couldn't have been any more perfect - Rich took us around to the entrance and as we walked past the huge line waiting to take a tour of the Tent of Tomorrow he tells me that Mitch and Johnny are also there - both came out to say hi....Boy, was my wife apologetic for doubting our community...lol. The globes are visible in the below shot. I won't spoil the magic by telling you what they used to replicate this detail but, either way, it was spot-on for the originals:




Then it was off to get some waffles. My wife and step daughter have heard me gushing about how these are supposed to be legendary and we MUST try them...then we saw the line. After 40 mins waiting...now I have a headache and am dizzy with hunger. We guessed that we still had a 1/2 hour wait ahead of us so we gave up on the waffles.


There were a good many display tents and stages...THEN we saw this from AT&T:





I have to say that I get to the park, probably, twice a year and it is NEVER this packed - it was just great to see so many people come to enjoy the park on such an occasion:








We had hoped to ride the carousel and check out a few more exhibits and some music but my hunger and my wife's general bad health got the best of us and we headed back to the car ....BUT...on the way past the Unisphere...what to do we see? Straight from the set in Canada:




It was a great day, though, I know, it still could've been so much better. I hope you have enjoyed my little tour. Hopefully the terrific public reaction to this and the event held on Aprill 22nd will be the catalyst to some real revitalization of the NYSP




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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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