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  2. THE WORLDS FAIR REPORT

    The plan for the NYS pavilion came true due to the idiotic logic of the Fair Corporation the final months. If by the words, "may be altered," they meant neglect, no funding, rust, rot and graffiti artists, they were correct. And if their words "recreation center" envisioned drug deals, ruining the map with ten million roller skate wheels and fifty years of searing summers and frigid winters slowly devouring the pavilion, then Corporation was spot on.
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    Doug, I think you just have to live long enough to be older than dirt. Or you have to have been the first visitor through the turnstiles at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Or which ever comes first. Then you're a lifer. Jim
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  5. THE WORLDS FAIR REPORT

    As usual for this date, this is a dead link. Is this item still available?
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    Speaking of GE-- There was a brief nod to the Carousel of Progress in Disney's latest live-action movie "Dumbo" where they stop in an auto animatronic display featuring a kitchen of the future. In fact, part of the movie is a nod to Theme Parks and World's Fairs of the past: One of the Pavilions in Dreamland is Wonders of Science, where the auto animatronic display is located. Strangely, the owner of this Theme Park/Fair (a kind of Walt Disney character) is displayed in a negative light. This is surprising, seeing the film was made by Disney.
  7. Anyone thirsty?

    The three guys at the counter may possibly be looking at the machine. Upon enlargement, the stacks of cups by the Coke fountain dispenser appear to be gold and white, as does the cup on the table in the foreground. The people under the umbrella appear to have Pepsi cups.
  8. Inside the Florida display area.

    And the old-style baby carriage and the hat on the lady at right.
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    Hi guys, long time no visit! Yep, I remember waiting at Johnson's Wax, Ford, GM and Bell. I assume we must have waited at Small World, too, and probably at the skyride. We went to the fair the first or second week of both seasons during New Hampshire April school vacation. I think it was opening week both years. It was rainy one of the years. Jeeezzzz, how do I become a life member like Jim? Wow!
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    As I remember back almost fifty five years I recall waiting in lines at Johnson's Wax (the film, "To Be Alive," was on everyone's list), GE (for reasons stated above), Bell Telephone. Vatican, GM and Ford. I believe we even stood in line at The Schaefer Center. I remember my mother spent several weeks prior to our trip talking to friends who had visited the Fair. She even brought along a list of pavilions her many friends said were a "must see," and it was annotated with stars (four meant don't think of returning home without seeing it and one meant that the exhibit wasn't much but it might offer a cold beer, a good meal, or unique souvenirs). Anything below a one was relegated to the "you can see that schlock at the New York State Fair for crying out loud." And that included every ride at the Fair except the Swiss Sky ride and the Uniroyal Tire Ferris Wheel. And she stuck to that list with a great deal of pride and she only veered off of it when she discovered there was an Austrian pavilion (she was Austrian) and when my Dad located the bar in the Ireland pavilion. He was Irish. OK, in truth, they veered off the list one more Time when we passed Lowenbrau Gardens on a hot afternoon.
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    At least the GE waiting area was done tastefully at the NYWF. Similar canopies were added to Shanghai's Expo 2010, as the oppressive summer heat closed-in, but were very unsightly and blocked views of the pavilions. Trying to get decent photos of otherwise attractive pavilions was extremely challenging....
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    I too, remember all the big attractions at the Fair, but I never remember waiting in long lines. Maybe it was the time of the year we went. I think (as a youth) I would have been disappointed if I spent most of the day waiting in line. I guess the low attendance of the Fair had its side benefits.
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    I was 21, but likewise do not remember the waits, even though I must have been in them. I wonder if GE was using the now common trick of posting wait times longer than actual along the queue, so that everyone felt they were making better than usual time?
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    It' funny. I was six years old when I went I very clearly remember the attractions but I have no memory of waiting in lines.
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    I waited on that line many, many times, and always felt it was time well spent.
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    My family waited for quite a few pavilion attractions and this was one of therm. I agree some, today, might not elect to wait for an attraction like this, but in 1965, we sure did. It wasn't even open for discussion. GE was a highly regarded company and its pavilion won all sorts of praise, if not from official critics, it did come from the millions of regular folks who visited the Fair. And the GE presentation was novel and remarkably creative for 1965. We didn't have personal computers and most didn't even have color television yet. So a demonstration like the Carousel of Progress where the audience moved around the presentation which used robotic creations that seemed so life like was a wonder of that era. The entire Fair was filled with such wonders and it was our great good fortune that we all stood in long lines and waited to get in. Those lines were a testament to the marvels inside and they have allowed me a lifetime of happy memories.
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    I love the CoP and see it every time I'm at Disney World, but I don't think I'd have waited that long for it.
  19. Inside the Florida display area.

    Caught the color TV - turned off. I suspect most pavilions that were coerced into having one kept it off as an undesirable distraction.
  20. There was a small stream of it pushing up from the rocks and spraying out. Great eyes!
  21. It feels like fall is creeping in as the sun is setting. Where is the falling water coming from?
  22. Inside the Florida display area.

    What happened to the dog tracks and trophies?
  23. It wasn't just all dolphins and speedboats! Newly restored 35mm slide from my collection.
  24. This bust of Simon Bolivar was outside the Venezuela pavilion. The slide was dated May/June 1964. Newly restored 35mm slide from my collection.
  25. Here's a seldom seen part of the New England States Pavilion, a restaurant called the Millstone Terrace. It looks quite tranquil! Newly restored 126-format print from 1964 from my collection.
  26. Anyone thirsty?

    I don't think so, because later they moved the ices concession to the other end of the counter, but the big machine didn't come with it.
  27. Anyone thirsty?

    could it be a snow cone machine. There are ice syrups on the shelve behind.
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