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    My father-in-law is 91 and still remembers it vividly.
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    For the fun of it, I have been trying to locate the viewpoint for "The Trylon and Perisphere seen in the distance from Manhattan. (Photo by © Photo Collection Alexander Alland, Sr./CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)" My best guess is that the rock in the river is Belmont Island, and everything else you see on the riverbanks was demolished since.
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    Never saw a bow like this! Is that permanent or temporary catwalk? No other info on pic. Eric?
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    There was no NPR in 1965. What a wonderful discovery. It its a true piece of history. It surprises me that Duncan MacDonald appears to be unaware of basic Fair information. She does not know hours of operation, when fireworks were displayed and even questioned whether the towers at NYS were observation platforms. And it's interesting these interviews took place in June of 1965. By then the Fair's fate was sealed. It needed all of positive publicity it could get in 1964. WINS became all news in April of 1964 but WCBS did not adopt the all news format until 1967. WQXR was a classical music station so the idea of regular and thorough radio reporting on the Fair and its daily events was not common. I'm not certain how to quite say this but Duncan MacDonald had a quality that conveyed the urban, elite, elegant side of life in NYC in the 1960s. Her interviews included musicians, politicians, artists, architects, inventors. In fact, she interviews Buckminster Fuller at the time of his creation of the USA Dome at Expo 67. She catered to an interested, educated and somewhat elite audience. I can picture her lunching at The Russian Tea Room, Dining at 21 and enjoying cocktails at the Top of The Fair. Her work would have made a good segway into what would become WNYC, New York's NPR station.
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    That's a great family heirloom! Thanks for sharing it with us.
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    That photograph is a gem. Thank you for sharing it.
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    Wow, what a great keepsake!
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    Newly restored 35mm slide from June 1967.
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    Hi All, While researching a very rare Dreyfuss 1939 Theme rendering showing the structure as NOT built I can across this site - it is AMAZING. If it has not been posted here before it is now: Scroll down and down... https://www.drivingfordeco.com/tag/henry-dreyfuss/ Best wishes, Eric
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    The other day I was going through the Souvenir map on the site looking at a few of the pavilions. When I looked at the Formica house on the hill I remembered that one of them was built in Middletown NJ about a half hour from where I lived. I wanted to see where it was located so I googled it and came across areal estate listing for the house It recently sold for $660,000.00 Here is the site. https://www.estately.com/listings/info/80-townsend-drive--2 take a look as there are pictures of the inside of the home. Its been updated but it was neet to be able to tour a World's fair legacy.
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    The thesis is hard covered and I have one copy. Two remain at Binghamton University (SUNY). It must be about eighty pages and I have no clue how I could post it here. It is now close to thirty years old. I did research at the New York Historical Society and The Queens Museum. The Queens Museum had an extensive world's fair collection at that time and I believe much of that was " de-accessioned' when it became an art museum. Other research focused on periodicals from the 1930s and I spent days in front of micro-film machines going back in time via N YC newspapers from that era. I made use of a number of magazines as well especially The New Yorker. The best research came from personal interviews with people who attended the Fair. Their memories were just wonderful and virtually every person I spoke to dug out long forgotten souvenirs and photographs. Written before the internet existed and word processors cost a fortune, I had to type every page on a portable SCM typewriter. It includes an addendum of reproduced 1930s photographs, maps, political cartoons and New Yorker cartoons. My department would not permit any corrections on any page--no white out or erasures and retyping. It took forever to create that final draft which was then hard bound. I've learned so much more just from this web site and the work of so many of its members that I wish I could add to that thesis.
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    Way back on Page 3 of this thread, in 2010, Randy Treadway posted a shot of this figure in the Kodak pavilion. I just spent WAY too much time restoring another copy of the slide - lots of surface damage - and thought I should do something with it, so here he is!
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    The Safeco information booth - looks like a good place to relax after a long day at the Fair! Newly restored 35mm slide.
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    Newly restored 35mm slide from my collection. The Seattle Servicemen's Center is just visible on the lower left.
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    Incredible. That first photograph of the sea off humanity in Constitution Mall is remarkable. What a fair that was. The demolition photographs are, sadly, just as powerful. Watching the greatest world's fair in history slowly disappear forever is no easy task. There is such sadness in those scenes. The photographs of the Trylon and Perisphere and their perfect geometry never cease to amaze me especially the beautiful color shot of the Theme Center in the morning sun. That photograph is magnificent. It belongs in the Metropolitan. I used a number of these very news and feature articles for my 1993 Masters thesis at Binghamton University (SUNY) which I entitled Yesterday's Tomorrow. There was no internet and I spent countless hours in front of a microfilm machine scrolling through all of NYC's 1930s newspapers looking for information that is now so easily located on line with a few keyboard clicks. Nevertheless, every moment I spent searching for the Big Fair and its origins was no tedious task. It was literary and photographic archaeology. It was a treasure hunt. It was liken a bottomless time capsule with each new discovery more wondrous than the previous. It was a walk through one of America's most important decades. I loved it, every minute of it. Perhaps most enjoyable were the opportunities I had to interview people who were at the Fair and for whom the Fair was one of the most shining moments of their youth. Virtually every one of them hauled out dusty souvenirs: maps, spoons, glasses, penants, guidebooks (some with notations written by parents in 1939 as they toured the Fair), , ticket stubs and even Trylon and Perisphere salt and pepper shakers. With each interview, I struck gold and those I interviewed stepped back into one of the happiest memories of their youth. For a few moments, they were back at the Big Fair and I was invited to join them. And my thesis, about eighty pages in length (not including photographs or the reference pages) using much of the information we see on this one website, was awarded master thesis of the year. My god, I love that fair and the heroic generation which first dreamed of it and then made it happen.
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    What a shame the system was scrapped. Newly restored 35mm slide from October 1967.
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    Hi All, New photographs everyone! Since my Mom died in January, killed by a nursing home in 3 day in no short order in front of my very helpless eyes (I can't believe I wish I was a lawyer), I have been dealing with serious PTSD and a host of other health problems - hence my lack of posts. I am down to 106 lbs, 80/40 BP and pulse 101! I am getting help folks I was going through some Hiroshima blast materials and other for sale and a found a little brown envelope with these in. I bought them earlier this year. I tried to clean them up best I could. BTW, the book on my ship, R.M.S. Mauretania Queen of the Ocean, that I have been working on with author David Hutchings for at least 13 years, is out this November! It is available in pre-order from Amazon. Published by the History Press. It is a great volume and I strongly recommend it - a great price as well for the content which is amazing. Best of all books on this subject and I have helped with more than one... Here we Have the view coming down from the Helicline in 1939. July 26th to be exact. This view is notable for the view through and out the other side of the TRYLON! A great composition that shows the metal wire-work in the Plexiglas(?) Helicline walls, with the RCA tower way off in the distance. I am sure I have the material noted somewhere. As discussed elsewhere, this is a two-way out affair - staircase and to its left, lower, even with the Platform (closest to us). The wind at this height of 65 feet - that of the Rocket Thrower (or George Washington if you will) - can almost be felt. A bit of selective focus has been employed. I know the Trylon is fuzzy - I can't deal with that right now. I think this is one of my best - as usual it is a snapshot. The other posted ("Gotta Go") is sequential, with this being second. RE the other photo, I just realized the closer you get to the bottom the more you hear the water! LOL I hope you like it! Eric
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    Hi All, No caption needed. July 26th, 1939. Did he make it? 950 feet down...excellent composition with a sense of urgency hard to capture... This is the best photograph I have seen of these exits, period. The "door" on the far right is not an exit. Perhaps some utility closet or other. Who knows. This is a slight crop actually...and hold on to your hats ladies! The wind up here - something else! Also, see the two guys talking to each other on the right from the staircase. The guy picking up the futuristic litter is a nice touch. PS - That hat is up there with the one awhile ago near the Lagoon of Nations...
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    Opening Day was coming up fast! Newly restored 35mm slide.
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    The phoenix rises - or at least a few feathers of it! The resurrection of the skylight from the Christian Science Pavilion/Church in Poway, CA - saved from destruction on the verge of the building being bulldozed - has begun! And, for fun, here's the "groundbreaking brochure", along with an 'official transcript' of the remarks made at the groundbreaking (with a note by Bill Young). And a picture of the pavilion showing the skylight, which is the seven sided on in the smaller of the two buildings. The skylight will be the center of a new garden in my back yard and will be perched on a stone wall, built by master mason and super nice guy Jilerio (Pictured with me on the 'brochure') and lit from underneath. The whole process make take a year (at least for the whole garden), but on occasion I will proffer "Progress Reports" a la the ones sent out by the pavilion prior to the WF opening. Enjoy! And here's a photo of the pavilion. The skylight is from the back pavilion but is essentially the same dimension and size as the top several feet of the big skylight on the main building. News as it happens!
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    Finally! It took longer that most world's fairs take from conception to demoilition, but the NY WF Christian Science Pavilion skylight is finally up! Some finishing touches and night lighting still need to be worked on, but am very pleased. A garden will be added around it this spring, but am hoping to do some seasonal and holiday lighting with it this year.
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    Glad to have you here, Trey!!
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    I suppose that's accurate, Annabelle. I've thought that myself. However, the difference between Disney and something like Expo 67 (or any great world's fair) might be that Expo was ephemeral. It existed for just six months and then was gone. It really was a metaphorical snapshot of Canada and the world in a precise moment in time. Even as Man And His World existed, it never recaptured the imagination and spirit of Expo. It's brief time is a part of the reason nearly 51 million people stormed the gates in 1967. There would never be another opportunity. And it gave every exhibitor the chance to try to provide a display that might be remembered for a lifetime and so many did just that. Disney is there and may be there for decades to come. Those parks, because they are commercial ventures, will be updated and "improved" over all those coming years. The attractions will aim at the imagination in order to make big money for Disney but will never have the spark of competing Soviet and USA pavilions or the fleeting magic of Labyrinth or the pride of the Canada pavilion. I suspect none of us will ever see an event with the spirit and joy of Expo again, however, and have not for fifty two years. I also suspect I'm preaching to the choir because you were able to live the Expo experience in such a wonderful way. Jim
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    Finally! After two years, the guys have shown up to start actually getting the skylight together and putting it up! Not sure if it will be up before the snow flies, due to some supplies that we're not sure how long it will take to get. But the structure itself should be refurbished and ready for complete construction within three weeks. (They found that in the taking apart in San Diego, some pieces were bent and need special care to make it totally O.K.) Anyway, here's a pic of the first step!
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    A non-progress report! Yes, it is taking FOREVER, but the skylight is still in the "construction phase" owing to the fact that there are only two local workmen I will have on the project. Both are the best in the area and always way overbooked. One was supposed to come this past fall, but he got too busy (on a project for my brother!!!) and was not available until it was too late in November to work on it. He has promised me the skylight is his first project come spring though, so hopefully (fingers crossed) this incredible delay will be over by Summer! News as it happens.
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    Hi, It's been months but here it is: June 2016 - Stone foundation put in. June 2016 - November 2016 - Project in abeyance. Waiting for one of two master carpenters to cut posts and build special wood base for the skylight to sit on. Both too busy all summer. One showed up a week ago, said, "To heck with it, let's do it in the Spring." November 2016 - Plans made with glass guy to construct the skylight in my garage during the winter to prep it for the Spring. Several Panels are missing and need to be cut and refitted. So, delays by workman availability have made the progress slow. But here's a couple of pictures of the construction progress: