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  2. Now Hear This!

    Wayne, an ID and password are necessary to download files as they are intended only for users. There's no additional password beyond that normally used to get onto the site. Nonmembers can read anything here but they can't download or Post.
  3. Touring the Official Map #2

    Actually, a lot of the trees are still there. The park can be quite green at the right times of year.
  4. It's time once again to play "Name That Tune!"

    Thanks, I'll get that added on my next update
  5. I'm looking forward to checking them out.
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  7. Chicago was a crazy place in those years. Dillinger became a rather popular attraction, himself, in July of 1934 when he was gunned down at the Biograph Theatre. Thousands were allowed to view his corpse at the Cook County Morgue. Great information, Randy. I think it's cool your mother was named for Shirley Temple. I'll bet she was one of tens of thousands of little girls whose mothers loved America's Dimple Darling.
  8. Yes it would be fun. And also watch for John Dillinger, who was said to have liked strolling around at the Fair to admire the fast cars that Ford and GM exhibited. Of course, being time travelers, we now know where he was living in Chicago all that time, getting his face change surgeries. My grand dad came over to see the Fair from Akron, where he was working at the Goodyear factory. My mom was born there in 1934, and named after Shirley Temple.
  9. I would like to be able to go back in time and spend a day at the Century of Progress Exposition. That GM building was massive.
  10. It's time once again to play "Name That Tune!"

    Bill, I finally listened to the entire march in Tape 1 Hour 3 Track 14. The second melody is quite famous, with its "caissons go rolling along." It's Sousa's "U.S. Field Artillery." Just a note about Hour 4 Track 3. The second melody, probably the most familiar, was used as a theme by a pair of entertainers on early radio station KDKA (Westinghouse, Pittsburgh, I believe). The words went "We're the joy boys of radio, hello hello hell-oh hell-oh!"
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  12. Touring the Official Map #2

    I don't believe I've ever really studied this map before. I've looked at it but I never realized the intricate detail prior to this. Tonight, I traced the route we took when my family entered the Fair in 1965. We entered at the Peter Stuyvesant Gate (3) and walked around the loop and I can still recall seeing the Space Park as we entered but I have absolutely no memory of the Hall of Science. What I do remember, however, is a man raking the few leaves that had begun to fall in September of 1965 along the Avenue of Science in front of Ford where that row of trees appears on the map. I still remember thinking that in another month or so, it was all going to be torn down and pounded into rubble but that one man raking leaves made it all seem so permanent. I suppose even the trees which were newly planted just a year or two earlier and dropping their leaves in 1965 are gone along with everything else. I recall bits and pieces of the Ford and Chrysler exhibits but I can still see that workman as plain as day as he took pride in maintaining the grounds of a pavilion that was nearing the end of its useful existence.
  13. Touring the Official Map #2

    I find it very interesting to magnify these already blown-up maps and study the remarkable detail in the pavilions and other features. It's also fun to spot little slip-ups in the drawing, like General Foods Arch 4 partially hidden by the roofed waiting line for the General Electric pavilion. Unless I'm mistaken, the roofs were added possibly in 1965, and the artists just dropped the roof onto the map without noticing (or caring?) about the tip of the arch. Here's another example. Apparently the 1964 People-to-People Fiesta, next to IBM, was removed and converted to parkland, but the designation remained.
  14. The flickr account has some of the best Century of Progress photos I've ever seen. And lots of them.
  15. Hello Doug, Your message brought chills up and down my spine! (in a good way). Yes, this would be my Grandfather! We have the University of Kentucky Film reel as well as the one he made for Notre Dame (we haven't transferred these to digital just yet due to the cost - we've focused on family films so far). I don't recall seeing that particular camera in many of his photos but will begin some diligent searching. Charles Townley Chapman (or C.T.C.) spent most of his life taking photos as well as films not only for personal use but as a professional. He worked for Pathe News and many newspapers but seems to have been a free lancer for the most part. He (and my father) left behind a LARGE collection of photos (most were in albums with captions in C.T.C.'s beautiful handwriting. I've attempted to scan most if not all of these albums and will share links when I close this note. In addition to the leather bound photo albums were boxes, bags, drawers and bins full of photographs (as well as two dozen film reels). In addition to the photos are the majority of his correspondence with his "Dearest Mother" even continuing one of his letters huddled in the front of an airplane cockpit as the pilot returns them from a baseball game (I think in Indiana) back to Chicago. These letters (also between his sisters, wife, father and others have been quite valuable in placing photos and people in the correct location and time period. I've been working on archiving this treasure for the past ten years (if only I had shown such an interest when my father was alive so I could have firmly placed a name with a face). In addition to C.T.C.'s vast collection, there are a great quantity of images from his father Frank Townley Chapman (F.T.C.) and a more "modern" collection of slides (in the thousands) from my father Charles Robert Chapman (C.R.C.) I've discovered that scanning the images is just the beginning! Finding the perfect method of sharing with my family (and others) is the main challenge. I generally scan and save to an external drive which then backs up to a Dropbox account. Google Photos seems to be the easiest for others to view whereas I have found Flick to be the most user friendly for uploading posting (although one needs - I believe- a Yahoo account in order to view?). Youtube has also been a great source for viewing the films. Just some of the "assignments" he has photographed: Shelter Bay - 1924 - he accompanied a logging crew to the northern coast of the St. Lawrence Seaway to photograph and film the process of felling timber to transport to nearby pulp paper mills for the Chicago Tribune and New York papers. One of the images shows him with a movie camera but alas I haven't found the reel or any footage online. 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair - There must be well over 600 photos he developed covering the year long event. One image shows him filming atop one of the Sky Ride towers. Unfortunately, the one full reel we have has succumbed to the surrounding conditions and has become brittle and unplayable. The place I use to transfer the 8mm to digital tried to run the film but it was so jumpy that he didn't want to continue in fear it might break. Lac du Flambeau Reservation- 1924 - Northern Wisconsin - C.T.C. produced a film sponsored by the Northwestern Railroad in an attempt to attract Chicagoland tourist to the "Great Northwoods" using any of their swift moving and conveniently scheduled trains. While most of the script and scenes are centered on the great time to be had by the white tourists, there is a great clip of the Lake Superior Chippewa dancing for the tourists. There is much more but I will share some links with you here: My flickr account - not sure if you HAVE to have a Yahoo account to view. If you know of some other way to share please let me know. https://www.flickr.com/photos/chapmanio/albums Youtube Channel that has most of our digitized footage (YouTube offered to "stabilize" the footage for me which is rather humorous (It's called the "Trippy" Version https://youtu.be/XkGU-azOyTo (this is the Lac du Flambeau dancers) I think you should be able to view the other films from that link? Google Photos- This has more current family content but there are some albums of interest https://goo.gl/photos/qzDvhT98FVmaymSq5 This is my school account (I made the mistake of scanning early on in just black and white - they're black and white photos, right?), but soon realized the errors of my ways. https://goo.gl/photos/WDTMRH4TNYNSTG5PA that should be the Shelter Bay trip Anyhoo. thanks for getting in touch! I'd love to see the inscription on that camera of yours! I vaguely recall as a teenager my father selling C.T.C.'s Leicas and other film equipment to a variety of buyers. Sigh...to be able to go back in time. Your find is quite fascinating. One last pic to share is his photography studio in the basement of his home in Evanston, IL. This particular image has a description of as many of the chemicals I could make out. I guess there was a lot of "a pinch of that" and a "dash of that" in the early years. https://photos.app.goo.gl/gzWRpcCmvNZX163N2 Again, thank you for finding us. Feel free to keep in touch with any questions, suggestions or thoughts! Sincerely, Greg Chapman
  16. Hi, Greg, I am a retired telecommunication engineer, and periodically go through a wave of collecting some genre of cameras, most recently the Kodak Ciné-Kodak dynasty of motion picture cameras. I just acquired a Kodak Ciné-Kodak Special II 16 mm motion picture camera, a full-featured professional camera, first introduced in 1948. On this camera, the purchaser could have the factory apply, in a discreet place on the camera, an engraved plate with the owner's name. This camera has such a plate, with the name "Charles T. Chapman." In researching that name, we found references to films on campus life done at several universities, one for Notre Dame done in 1943 and one at University of Kentucky a bit later, done by "Charles T. Chapman". The article on the former referred to Chapman as an "ace newsreel cameraman" and the article on the latter referred to him as a "retired newsreel cameraman." We also found an iconic photo of people gathered around a radio in a general store in rural Kentucky, dated 1930, and attributed to Charles T. Chapman. Is this possibly your grandfather? If so, we wouild be thrilled to learn more about him. Thanks. Best regards, Doug Kerr Alamogordo, N.M.
  17. Wanted: 1939 World's Fair Bracelet

    I enjoy collecting 1939 NYWF items but I've never seen anything like this bracelet. That is a remarkable souvenir. I hope you find what you are looking for and that you do some posting in this site. There may be some members who could help you find another bracelet.
  18. Now Hear This!

    The Ice King of Corona thinks summer is the perfect time for snowcones, or Italian Ices of any kind. :D
  19. It's time once again to play "Name That Tune!"

    Bill, I checked 52 of your marches against 29 of mine that you did not have listed. A quick check didn't turn up anything, but I ran across four marches that I am painfully familiar with but can't recall their names. Perhaps your other sleuths might try their luck with these familiar tunes: Tape 1-Hour 3 Tracks 11, 13 and 14; Tape 1 Hour 4 Track 3.
  20. Now Hear This!

    I don't follow you about snowcones. During summer seems like a great time to consider the merits of these crushed ice treats with flavoring. Glad you like the audio!
  21. Hello, Just found this forum and thought I'd ask around here for an item that I'm looking for. I'm looking for a bracelet from the 1939 World's Fair, something like this pattern. I'm looking for a smaller one, like a child's size, as what I want to do is have it recast into sterling to use as a napkin holder. Condition doesn't matter too much to me so long as it isn't deeply scratched or bent.
  22. Now Hear This!

    Do you have a date on this? Sounds like it's a warm time of year to discuss the merits of a snowcone. ============================ I haven't heard kids whine like that in years, "...i don't wanna ....." unless it was from a 1960's movie or tv show. Great audio
  23. Touring the Official Map #1

    That's an amazingly over-the-top rhapsody for a map, but it also is informative about the unique techniques of expanding the spaces between buildings so that they don't obscure each other. When you re-examine the map with this in mind, you can see that the horizontal dimensions of the buildings are shrunk compared to the plot they occupy, but it is done so skilfully that it still gives a correct impression. I wonder if the cloth ones were run on a different press with incompatible plates? The fact that mine was sold in October '65 would indicate that they had not run out of original stock, so had no incentive to reprint. My cloth map also has the Mississippi showboat.
  24. Now Hear This!

    Larry, for some reason I don't understand, it seems to require a membership and password to access an audio file. Does your tablet have that kind of access? Perhaps Bill C. can enlighten us.
  25. Now Hear This!

    For whatever it's worth, you're the "resident" Greyhound guru!
  26. Now Hear This!

    Wayne - I'm on a little tablet right now and I can't hear Ralph's audio. It says it's not available for my account whatever that means. The WF Greyhound buses had normal horns. They really couldn't goof around with those big things and put something silly quacking out the Go Greyhound tune like they did on the 1964 Escorters . The late great Ray Dashner had a lot of WF audio recordings. Funny, I haven't been here in a long time but I just took a quick look and skimmed a few posts and saw my name!
  27. Touring the Official Map #1

    My map has Churchill, so it must be 1965. By the way, I corrected slide no. 6 (Pool of Industry area) to make it less greenish. Must have over-corrected and didn't pay attention to the results. I have 18 more slides to go, and because they are more demanding---and due to a recent strained back---progress will be slower than normal. Any dust spot larger than a hydrogen atom has always been fair game! I suspect half or more of the spots removed would not have been noticed anyway. If you see any spots or hairs in any of my slides, I'd be happy to edit them. I'm sure there are some hanging around, because infrequently I would lose my way moving across a magnified slide and take a wrong turn. Sometimes the blotch was so large I unconsciously thought it part of the scenery! Most of the time I caught these mistakes, but surely not all of them.
  28. Flushing Meadows 1972 #5

    I don't believe anyone is proposing the LIE be removed or replaced with street level intersections. I didn't. My point was that when it was built, it bulldozed its way right through Nassau County with little regard to its impact on communities and neighborhoods within those communities. That method of expressway construction would have a much more difficult time today. Although the entire length of the LIE is not an interstate highway, it is nearing the end of its useful life as are thousand of miles of interstate highways across the nation. Many are now over fifty years old. As plans are formulated for how to repair, restore, renovate or whatever they plan to do with the LIE which is often called the "world's longest parking lot," there will be far more taxpayer input than there was fifty or sixty years ago.
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