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  2. Hi All, I just opened this file up above as posted - it is HUGE! Have a look! The light towers are indeed there on the Aquacade. Some 20-30% of this fair is under scaffolding here, or unfinished in some way. This is one of those few shots that have much of the fair in a single view.
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  4. As a coincidence, Bill was in Montreal a few days ago and I had the pleasure of reintroducing him to the former US pavillon - he was with his wife Carol Along with a Virtual Reality tour of the Labyrinth... This is basically the view Bill had (photo 2016)
  5. Here is another - a big one! 1939 Winter. March 1st, 1939. See Russia and the scaffolding on the T&P, and the Four Elements, Washington is not even there yet. No Westinghouse Tower...Carrier not finished, no GE Lightning Bolt, no Petroleum Tower, Communications Mural undone, same for De Kooning's work, GM Futurama H&H entrance seriously undone, no lighting towers on the aquacade, the ice in the lake... I could go on for some time... E
  6. Hi All, here is one from Hiroshima - I have three more that might actually be better. Rare. Early. December 1945. Heavyweight 5x7 too @ $2.10 ea! Ah, Uhh, commentary. right. This is a road near the Genbaku Dome from the appearance of the tree and the nature of the rubble - those square structures can be seen in US Army panoramics. I can not locate the specific street but this is rather close to what was then called Zero Ground. You know, much of this inner area, a few miles radius, area was covered in up to 15 feet of rubble and it was removed so very quickly in the streets. The other photographs I have are perhaps earlier and show the rubble at depth. Note most things standing are rather vertical - this might suggest close proximity to the point of explosion as vertical objects avoided much of the blast/shock as it was mostly downward. I believe this is a very strong photograph.
  7. Oh my, Bill. 1939, underexposed? Lovely, dusk? Or? This calls for an interior!
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  9. Lots to respond to and appreciate Jim's insights. I haven't heard about a reunion but I did enjoy reading this thoughtful article in the Gazette. When I returned in 2008 and spent time inside the converted birdcage, now the so-called Biosphere, it was for the most part a wasted space. It had some exhibits and the vision of Expo did not carry into the New Century....alas. To my wonderful time there (now that I think of it and have been able to review the nice DVDs that Fred Stern mailed me as well) I have to say that I worked my buns off for 6 months. Four days on with 10 hour days, then 2 days off, worn out. There were no vacations except when we were sent to locations for TV interviews or work related stuff. I barely had the time to see inside all the pavilions. I missed some but I am grateful that I was there for every minute. The universe was at my fingertips and I became so much more as a result.
  10. Those are wonderful photos and memories, Sheri. When you write, "what a wonderful summer," I can only imagine how magical it must have been. I spent three days at Expo and I can still remember a conversation about Vietnam while waiting in line at Labyrinth. I was fifteen and wanted to believe the US was in the right but the Canadian kids, my age, standing in front of us sure saw things very differently. Those were traumatic times. I remember thinking how a short hour and a half drive north on the new I 81 in NYS would take a person to a place that was not involved in that ugly war. It seemed unreal to me. The prohibition against visiting the Cuba pavilion speaks volumes. I remember going in there but I was with a school group and our teacher urged us to visit every pavilion we could because it might be a once in a lifetime chance. And it was. In a sense, I've often thought the USA pavilion reflected the values and achievements we hoped the world would see yet the building security, as you've stated, was provided by marines traumatized by that terrible, seemingly endless war. What a paradox. I like the photo of Lady Bird. I've always admired her. PS: I read an article in the Montreal Gazette about a reunion of guides from the Quebec pavilion this summer. They gather every ten years, evidently. Have the USA pavilion guides ever done this? Please keep posting.
  11. I'm going to share some photos from Expo 67. I'll try to give them all captions. Forgive me if I posted some of these a couple years ago. U.S. Guides were not permitted to visit the Cuban Pavilion. When my father visited, he and I went anyway. What was the big deal? and I visited it, as you can see, in my uniform. I managed to escape being found out! There were at least two guides that were sent home for various reasons. Other than the Cuba Pavilion, I was a good girl! One of the high points of my time there was giving a PR tour to Ralph Bunche and his wife and kids. What an honor! These photos were either taken by me or a friend. I'm in the Johnson photo on the escalator (far left). He had just passed my station, and I reached out to shake his hand but was nearly knocked over my security. In uniform! and still! The concert was on the U.S. day. Each nation had its own special day. I uploaded the concert that took place on that day at Place-des-nations. AMAZING! that's when I got to meet my hero Herbie Mann. Outside the pavilion, I saw the Dead and the Airplane. I have photos I took at the Place Ville Marie park. I played my flute with the best! What a summer! I should say that the Marines had all served in Nam. Many had purple hearts and most of them were pretty raw from the experience. They provided more than security for the pavilion. Well, I'll get around to scanning more as time permits. ENJOY!
  12. Very nice - thanks
  13. I worked with Deimos Imaging to obtain this satellite imagery of the Expo site taken on June 16. Orbital imagery in both Google Earth and Google Maps is dated September 28, 2016, and I wanted to see the site now that it is completed. Photo copyright Deimos Imaging.
  14. Who changed my one and only known WF picture to something else? 12 1/2 years ago.
  15. Is that a Chet Atkins signature under the orange Gretsch at far right? Looks like Peter, Paul and Mary on the other side. I'd love to see the rest of this display!
  16. My recollection as to why it was slammed. Indeed, much criticism revolved around the 'airy fairy' factor. The critics felt that there was no substance to the exhibit. They didn't like the Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. They didn't like the feathery chiefs war bonnets that were strewn like ribbons. They didn't like the 5 story high Diebenkorn and the more abstract expressionist stuff. The critics felt it was all so frivolous and gave the wrong impression of America as a bunch of bubble-headed bleached blonds. (Well, they may not have written that but that was the implication). Buckminster Fuller's bubble was viewed as too ethereal and it implied that America did not display its true self. Never mind that the space program was given the most space!! and that the 5-6 story elevator dropped you off on the artificial moon landing! It was there you got to see the capsules, sit in an actual astronaut chair.Well, those are just a few reasons why it received such negative reviews. Well, it's late and I'll see if I can't add to what I've written. You pose a very important question and one that bothered us as guides. We knew that the publicity tended to de-construct the pavilion and that's why we kept our energy positive. We knew that this was much more than a bubble. Oh, I will mention one more thing: Bucky's dome. It was a mess. Due to what the engineers believed were erratic weather patterns, very hot to very cold, the panels that were supposed to provide shade for the 'cage' interior were locked in place. Once spring warmed up, they tried to release them and to try and open and close the shades that were on each pentagon,hexagon and so forth but they could not get them to operate. They'd climb up the steel pipes almost every day and be up there trying to fix the no avail. When it would rain, we all got wet. We were finally given umbrellas to help us deal with the leaking birdcage. I know Bucky was upset with this and I don't know that it was a design problem per se. Oh well, that's it for now.
  17. This pavilion was ahead of its time...truly innovative exhibits. I wonder why the US media slammed it so hard. It shows off the US in a great way.
  18. I have worked at 4 expos and although I sometimes wish I had gone to the Shanghai Expo, I am wondering if the new fairs are too different/over the top from type of fairs that I worked at and love. Jeez, if there was only a time machine to take me back to Expo 67 & 70!
  19. Claimed to be an employee's hat from the fair. What exhibit or employer?
  20. I'll be in Astana August 1-7 and will be staying at the Absolut hotel in Old Town. It will be my first world's fair!
  21. I've been following the #Expo2017 tags closely on social media and came across this image of the Expo passport last week. I contacted the original poster (World Expo News) who stated that the organizers did not order them until very late. So far, only twenty arrived and he was unclear how many more they would get or how long they would be available. I've attached his image. I'm hoping they'll be sufficient supplies for my trip the first week in August. EDIT - I've come across a few other posts on Instagram of stamps from various pavilions already so it looks like the service is available regardless if there is a passport book or not.
  22. There were passports at the Milan expo - and sufficient pavilions giving out stamps that I actually had no space left to add any more on my last day and resorted to using a notepad from our hotel. wikipedia has a picture of one ( I think that I bought mine before even got to the fair - probably when I went to pick up my pass from the ticket office at the subway/underground/train station. Some country pavilions were selling them as well (and declining to stamp unofficial passports). But of course if you donlt hit on those then you don;t se them :-(
  23. I did not realize that Les Poupees de Paris ended up at Hemisfair 68. I just saw a photograph of the attraction on a site called History of Hemisfair.
  24. The Czechoslovakian Pavilion was given to Gander Newfoundland. It became the Gander Arts and Culture. It was given as a thank you to the people of Gander for all they did to help those of the Czechoslovakian Airlines plane crash of 5 Sept 1967. More than half the passengers perished in that crash. It crashed in a bog just seconds after take off from Gander International Airport. After receiving the pavilion in Gander, Joey Smallwood, the then premier of Newfoundland, broke the pavilion up and shared parts of it with Grand Falls, Newfoundland, and Corner Brook Newfoundland. I beleive the mechanical fountain was given to Corner Brook. I remember that crash, I was there.
  25. I would be interested to know what the lacto-vegetarian (terminology used in the Western world) / pure vegetarian (terminology used in the Eastern world) options at the 2017 International Expo are?
  26. Moderator, can you please delete this post. I accidentally posted it twice. My apologies.
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