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  2. And I just realized their finger pointing direction signs were just large versions of their VIP souvenir given to all who visited Chrysler
  3. That is a very good shot. What's your take on it, Bill? Was it taken from the NYS towers maybe using a telephoto lens?
  4. Quit clowning around!

    Yikes. That clown on the right could easily be one of those freaks who hides in the trees and jumps out to scare the poop out of passersby. I totally get it if that kid is a bit horrified although the shirt he is wearing could easily have been stolen from a dead clown's costume. This just goes to show that no world's fair is perfect, not even Expo 67.
  5. That's a good shot--crisp and clear. It's interesting to see the parking area and the large open space behind the Bell System with what appears to be apartment buildings in the distance. That space was the 1939 Court of Peace and the Federal Building stood about where those distant apartment buildings stand in the photo. This thought provides a sense of how much larger, in acreage, the 1939 NYWF really was. At just over 1,200 acres, it was twice the size of the 1964 Fair.
  6. Imagine. One buck to enter, after 9:30 pm, what may have been the best worlds fair of the 20th Century. Incredible. One dollar--Canadian or US. I like that Madras sports coat on the young man. They are all quite well dressed. That's the Iran pavilion just inside the gate.
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  8. Clowns don't usually bother me but I think I can relate to the kid in the white pants. September 1967.
  9. Looking back 54 years from a 2018 perspective..... was General Cigar's smoke ring machine one of the dumber concepts at the Fair?
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  11. I don't think I ever realized the Chrysler rocket had a name - "Aqua-rocket".
  12. The Fountain of the Planets. June 1964.

    The only real model lifelong New Yorkers had for a large size urban park, was Central Park. I suspect they viewed Central Park as the gold standard because that's all they knew. And as far as I know, the large ponds in Central Park never had fireworks show capability.... in fact such a thing was viewed as gaudy and distasteful. They liked their Central Park ducks and comparitive quiet respite from Manhattan noise and air pollution. I also understand that there is quite a disdain by big money Manhattanites and the City Hall they control, for Queens in particular and Long Island as a whole. They viewed the entire area as uncouth Archie Bunker and Ralph Kramden / Ed Norton types, who did not deserve any investment in a top notch urban park, which they reserved for themselves in Central Park. Say what you will about Robert Moses, but he saw things differently and wanted to invest in making life better for Queens / LI residents, like Jones Beach and FMCP. By the way, IMHO, Central Park is nice but isn't (and never has been) a gold standard. They really needed to look MUCH farther afield to find examples of 'the best of the best'. For instance I look at Chicago for a superb example of an urban fountain (Buckingham Fountain). Seattle has some great parks too, and Vancouver, Canada has one of the very best (Stanley Park).
  13. Welcome to the World's Fair

    No, I have the full-size photo to work with.
  14. Enjoying ice cream at the Fair

    That's a rather cute photo. I wonder where they all are today.
  15. I bet it was noisy that day!

    It was probably also very hot under all of that wool.
  16. Welcome to the World's Fair

    Your eyes are better than mine, Bill. I had no clue what I was seeing.
  17. Enjoying ice cream at the Fair

    He probably wanted chocolate. I would.
  18. Night at Expo '67

    What was nice about Expo 67 is that the design board wasn't so strict that the pavilions lost much of their own identity, such as at Expo 86. That one strongly encouraged modular blocks of buildings that could be easily removed and repurposed.
  19. Welcome to the World's Fair

    Funny, the driver was actualy turned towards the back so his shirt is showing more than usual
  20. Welcome to the World's Fair

    That's a cool shot although it looks as if Frankenstein's monster is driving the bus.
  21. The Fountain of the Planets. June 1964.

    NYC certainly had its chance. The fountains were ripped out twice--after 1940 and after 1965. How remarkably wasteful.
  22. Night at Expo '67

    Expo 67 had a powerful influence from its design board which created everything from the concept of the island setting to the Mini Rail to the street lighting. Many Expo pavilions won architectural praise from around the globe including the Federal Republic of Germany pavilion, the Netherlands pavilion (with 33 miles of aluminum tubing forming the exterior and the building suspended inside), Man the Explorer and Man the Producer, the USA pavilion, Man and the Community and Habitat 67. The pavilions of Ontario, Quebec and Canada also won high praise. Frei Otto's tent-like design for the German pavilion was recreated for the 1972 Munich Olympic Stadium and Moshe Safdie began his architectural career with Habitat and has been creatively at work for fifty years. A strong design board has a great deal to do with the success of great expositions, I suspect. Consider Chicago in 1893, New York in 1939 and Montreal in 1967. All were remarkably inspired and remain memorable.
  23. A different angle of a General Foods Arch

    Thanks for the info Bill.
  24. Night at Expo '67

    NYWF definitely embodied mid-century futurism like nothing else, but Expo looks much more like the future that actually happened. If these pictures were presented without context, I'd assume they were pictures of some EPCOT Center-inspired world's fair or theme park in the 1980s.
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