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  1. 2 points
    When I was a teenager, back in the 1980s (gasp!), I met a hand full of folks that worked at the Great Lakes Exposition including a lovely lady who was a swimmer in the Aquacade. She said it was quite awful swimming in the lake, particularly towards the end of the expo. It got to the point where they coated themself with a Vaseline type substance to ward off the cold.
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    That water looks to be brutally cold. Buster Crabbe replaced Johnny Weissmuller in NY in 1939 and Gertrude Ederle joined the swimmers in 1939. As a total aside, TCM ran the film Sunday In New York a few weeks ago. Filmed on location in NYC in 1963, it stars Jane Fonda, Rod Taylor and Cliff Robertson. Simply because of the date the movie was created, I wondered if I might spot something, anything, that would make reference to the upcoming 1964 NYWF. And I did find something. On Fifth Avenue in front of the mezzanine one leading to the ice rink at Rockefeller Center, a NYC metro bus stops to either take on or discharge Fonda and Taylor. There, on the front of the bus is an advertisement for The 1964 New York World's Fair. I had been watching the, advertising cards inside of the various bus scenes but could not spot a Fair reference and then I spotted the advertising card on the front of the bus. It's a small find, I realize, but it made my day.
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    Welcome back, Glen. You're one of many friends I've made here-- and I'm very grateful for that. I will say one thing about the Facebook groups I'm a part of that are devoted to various Fairs and Expos-- I often find them frustratingly full of incorrect information. I think that's one of the things that first drew me to this website many moons ago. The members here don't just share a common interest in World's Fairs-- many of them have an extremely impressive level of knowledge about their history, planning, construction, exhibits, social impact, demolition, and legacies. In fact, it's hard to name a major World's Fair or Expo that you can't do some kind of deep dive research here on the WFC thanks to the thousands of posts and photos our members have made. Even after the numerous board crashes that unfortunately deleted links and pictures in the past (which may have been a contributing factor in forcing some of its early members to exit)-- in my opinion, this website still remains a preeminent source of factual information on the World's Fairs and Expos of yesterday and today.
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    I found all the passports for our whole family in my vault.I was so relentless with getting mine stamped they had to issue my passport 2 times.... Every page jam packed. The UK stamp was unique on the queen birthday June 10th , 1967. That day only the stamp was issued with real gold . I know as I had it tested and they used gold laden ink..To this day it still shines bright inside my passport.
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    Just uploaded by British Movietone is new footage of the Aquacade at the 1937 Great Lakes Exposition!
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    Having grown up in the Greater Cleveland area as well, I concur about Lake Erie not being a "great lake." Even now there are high pollution days when one can't swim in the water. For boating its wonderful, just don't get in it. LOL
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    Growing up in Cleveland(1980s), I hated swimming in anything but a pool or a small pond. There was nothing warm about a Great Lake , even in July.
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    This is the only official photo I've ever seen from inside the Pavilion-- in this case, of some Washington State VIPs viewing a diorama of the Grand Coulee Dam.
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    Wonderful 1st hand memories of the fair from a 92-year old. A very sweet story how the fair still lingers in memory.
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    My mom attended the 39 Fair also at the age of 12. Her middle school had an autograph book with a picture of the perisphere and trilon on the cover. After she passed away I gave the book to my son who has it somewhere among his treasures.
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    Here's some very rare footage taken inside the Romanian pavilion's restaurant.
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    Thanks all. I went ahead and ordered them. Thanks for the link to the pics, Wayne. They look good even though not overtly "3-D-ish" (You know, taken with stuff in the foreground to accentuate the depth). Now if I can just find my old viewer which is packed away somewhere...
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    This newsreel made me wonder who the uncredited, perky British announcer was-- and it turns out his name was Leslie Mitchell. He had quite a colorful life and career. Leslie Mitchell - Wikipedia
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    Great find David! Thanks. I wish: 1) I could swim and 2) today's "news" such as it is could be conveyed this quickly.
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    Thanks - too short, but great!
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    Hey Eric, thanks so much! Eric, Thats a great idea! If you need any professional help that’s what I do - post audio in addition to Sound Design. For some time I thought of contacting Bill Cotter to see if he had interested on making something using his photo collection, a doc or something. Bill, are you listening? Doug
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    Fountains of the Fairs. Restored 35mm slide from May 1965.
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    Monorail fortunes, which made a strong forward step in Seattle in 1962, didn't do itself much good by allowing 1964 AMF entry to be displayed with the midway rides. Rather than circle the fairgrounds and/or serve as some form of visitor transportation, it was merely an attraction, a carnival ride. It didn't sell itself as a dynamic and possible transport system of the future. And here we are 55 years later with monorails more of a curiosity than a significant form of mass transit.
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    Time travelers form the future got the dress code right, but forgot that there would be no GPS.
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    Nighttime. Fair. Fireworks. Fountains. You really don't have to say anything else.
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    So great that you have footage of yourself at the Fair!
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    I just want to thank you again, Marc-- for funneling your passion into the original PTU-- for inviting me to be an Admin-- and for graciously allowing Bill to carry the site forward. I don't post as much as I used to, either. But man, oh man, am I glad the World's Fair Community is still around.
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    Passengers today would want a little more speed to get where they're going....
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    I would like to get my hands on that 1967 Montreal Bell Canada metro telephone directory. What a centenary time capsule that would be. And those push button phones also spelled doom for operators. Once the font of all urban knowledge, they could give you the correct time (local and five time zones away), urgent weather updates, quick connections to the police and fire departments and even provide travel directions. They taught phone users how to direct dial ten digit long distance calls. The knew how to maneuver a collect call and they could monitor party lines especially when little kids broke into calls to play pranks. They could handle emergency situations and were doing 911 type of work long before anyone even considered the 911 concept. They provided change when a call came in under the expected time and they credited calls whenever a caller dialed a wrong number. This was a rather popular amenity during a time when people would be charged for time used even if a wrong number had been inadvertently dialed. These operators were real people who could even provide street directions because they generally lived right in the community. Many built careers of thirty or more years and were the face of Ma Bell. Press the Zero button on any land line or cell phone and see how far you go before you realize you're not going to receive any assistance at all.
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    The shooting took place just seconds after JFK's automobile turned into Dealy Plaza at 12:30 PM CST. The news of his death was announced at 1:33 PM CST. Millions knew of the shooting almost immediately after it had happened so the nation was coming to an almost complete standstill before the awful news that he had died. I would say that JFK's death was the most shocking single moment of my life. And that includes personal and family crises. That day was surreal even for a very young kid.
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    Very, very cool post, Randy. I really need to learn more about the 37 Expo-- everything I've seen makes it look like such an interesting (and in many ways inspirational) precursor to the 39/40 NYWF.
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