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    One man’s ceiling, another’s floor. Days like that meant I had Futurama on continuous loop and pwned the Chrysler quiz, walking away with multiple turbine car model prizes. No elbowing to see the SKF ball bearings bounce or for the driver’s seat in a Mustang. Although I do recall even at 7-8 years old, one day (Dad took me so it had to be a weekend) in particular in front of NCR, looking out at the empty space between the few people strolling by and grasping in my young mind the shaky feel of something being wrong with that picture. Desolate. I remember the same thing at Palisades, having the run of the Fun House on a beautiful day. Nice, but, Where is everybody? Like the foreboding cowboy remark, “Yeah. TOO quiet.”
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    The Trylon looks a bit worse for wear in this shot from 1939. The gypsum surface proved to be problematical throughout both years of the Fair. From an original negative just restored.
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    The 1939-40 NYWF is memorable for many reasons, but its design and adherence to theme may be its greatest achievement. The geometry of design was everywhere. The photograph is wonderful. The Federal Building was enormous. The "American Common" is visible--where the USSR pavilion stood. In the distance the 1939 Maritime pavilion somehow looks forlorn. I don't believe the building was used in 1940 although I am open to correction on this. Wow, I just hit 5,000 posts. Did I mention I truly enjoy and respect this web site and its members?
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    Eric: Thanks for posting this-- I too just learned of Reverend Graham's passing about an hour ago, and my first thought was to post it here in our World's Fair forum because of his connection to the 1964/65 New York World's Fair. He was a great man who never let his fame go to his head; he did so many great things for so many people in his lifetime-- he left behind some very big shoes to fill. I was born six days before the fair opened in 1964, so I was also born too late to experience the NYWF. I have always enjoyed viewing photos of the Billy Graham Pavilion-- I think that the Pavilion itself was a very attractive structure-- a real shame it couldn't be saved and rebuilt elsewhere. I have a very large collection of NYWF memorabilia, and I have about a half dozen items related to Reverend Graham's Pavilion. May he rest in peace. Ronald
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    I had been working on a few possibilities and finally settled on the one I think I would have the most fun with. Now to sit staring at the inbox waiting for a "Yes"...
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    Compared to me, at 86, the whole batch of you must be "young-uns"!
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    A detail from new acquisition. January 4th, 1939. This is a but a crop - the whole image shows the entire Fair - literally all - all parking lots, both lakes, all Governments, even the Marina and air/sea arrival area. I once sold an original print of this - but that was actually a crop and I did not know it! This is a slightly smaller print, but the whole image uncropped and likely a contact print. Full size here - click and enjoy
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    Wow, what a fantastic photo taken on opening day of the New York World's Fair in 1939. This photo appeared in the May 15, 1939 issue of Life Magazine.
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    Hi Jim, That's right, Court of Peace. The back of the Federal was a small sort of courtyard with some trees and a mounted bust of FDR, or Churchill depending when you went. I have a color slide of this being demolished. I can't find that - so here it is in b/w during happier times - this is looking away from the main building.
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    Hello Folks, I can't remember if I posted this or not - if you can't either then we are golden. Early 1939, medium format Kodachrome transparency measuring 3" x 5" showing the Theme Center with the "gateway" of sculpture that marked your entrance (or exit) from the Production and Distribution Zone proper. I don't claim to have this color correct but is is close. The Elements by Jennewein(sp?) should be this cream with gold plaques. The water is not on at Electrical Utilities so that looks odd. Something really odd happened to the color when I uploaded the image - will have to redo. It will be worth the wait :D
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    And Opening Day 1940: Hello, I just saw this. This would not function as a sundial. By afternoon the Trylon shadow was a tight coil facing George Washtngton.
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    Very interesting observations! Eric. I never knew that much work was done on the Trylon between seasons. But nobody had really thought it might be needed for two years. While gypsum board is just a bit more durable than cardboard, I suppose, the Theme Center held up fairly well. It survived the Hurricane of 1938 (The Long Island Express). That was in September. Winds on western Long Island were measured at 100 mph and on the top of the Empire State Building at over 120 mph. Eric, how much of the theme center was completed by then? I recall that the Perisphere was just over 15 stories tall and the Unisphere is 13 stories tall. The Trylon was 700 feet tall. That's all in keeping with the desire of exposition planners, for decades, to build towers. New York built tall things for 1939 but nothing permanent but building for height in 1964 wasn't a priority. One more tall structure for 1939--the tower and Joe the Worker on the USSR pavilion. That Perisphere shot, with the ethereal blue lighting against a black night sky, is just wonderful. That's what a great fair looks like.
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    But, with the right lighting...
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    Indeed, Jim. They are miraculous. In winter 39/40, just about the entire Trylon was stripped clean and resurfaced top to bottom.
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    Although both the Trylon and Perisphere are looking less than pristine here, their overall purpose is clearly evident in this photograph. Look at the geometry and the sheer size of the Theme Center in this scene. The photo reminds us that the structures really were quite spectacular. The black and white is wonderful.
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    If you haven't seen it, the motion picture WONDERSTRUCK from Amazon Studios was just released at the end of October. Tonight I watched it on an awards screener-- and in addition to being hauntingly imaginative and deeply emotional, with stunning production design and music-- it's a MUST-SEE for 64 NYWF buffs. Not only are there cameos by the Unisphere, and New York State Pavilion-- but the film beautifully features the New York City Panorama in the Queens Museum. The crew was clearly given unprecedented access – and you will see the Panorama as you have never seen it before. Here's a trailer if you're interested. I really can't recommend this movie highly enough. WONDERSTRUCK 2017 Trailer
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    Thanks, Trey! I missed this thread first time around. And thanks, Speedwell for re-upping! Big Panorama fan here.
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    So often I look at the faces of the people in these candid photographs from the NYWF and/or Expo 67. I have no way to even begin to confirm this thought, but I'll bet that possibly two thirds of those who attended each event are gone now. Fifty years is a very long time and the WW2 generation which took the Boomers to these Fairs would be well into their 90s now if they are here at all. And the Boomers are at least in their fifties and some as old as their seventies. Half a century is a very long time. Fifty years prior to the start of the NYWF, the big news was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, and the start of The Great War in 1914. Imagine that. Fifty years prior to the opening of Expo 67 was 1917, the year of Verdun, Ypres, Passchendaele and Vimy Ridge, the battle that defined Canada and is considered to be the most significant event in that nation's 20th Century history with Expo considered as the second most important. It was the year the USA entered the War as well. Both years are now more than a century ago. Fifty years into our past helps me to understand what a college kid must think of my recollections of both Fairs held at a moment in time they can barely grasp and must seem as distant and old as 1914 and 1917 do to us. Sometimes, I think I might as well be describing the building of the Parthenon, the assassination of Julius Caesar or the Spanish Armada. Hell, I've had students ask me if I voted for Nixon or Kennedy in 1960. Holy crap. Old is old. Time waits for no man.
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    It's available on Amazon if you want to watch it at home. You can watch it for free if you're a Prime member https://www.amazon.com/Wonderstruck-Amazon-Original-Julianne-Moore/dp/B075ZH16LW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1517884944&sr=8-2&keywords=wonderstruck
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    Here's the "Product Information Center", with the toy Giant Tire boxes on the counter.
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    So many questions from this picture taken June 22, 1967. Who is the guy on the roof? How did he get up there? Was he looking to see if he could make it into the canal?
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    Hello Folks, A link to some of the nicest color images from some of the most unusual locations. Enjoy https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2017/11/color-photos-of-the-1939-new-york-worlds-fair/545087/ Eric
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    Good lord, what a beautiful shot. It's so simple and clear but it speaks volumes about the sleek efficiency of this remarkable people mover. Expo Express was a brilliant concept and as much of an attraction as almost any Expo pavilion.
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    It would appear to be Thatcher Construction Co. http://nywf64.com/usrub02.shtml
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    Here's wishing the very Happiest of Birthdays to one of the World's Fair Community's most important members, our very own resident expert, author, photo collector, and WFC Administrator... BILL COTTER!
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    It's a cartoon series that shows up late night on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0417373/?ref_=nv_sr_1 The show started as a parody of jet-age adventure series like Johnny Quest, so the Futurama-like appearance is intentional. I believe the sculpture to the right is intended to look like the Atomium from Brussels Expo 1958 I started watching the show before I became interested in the NYWF, and I practically fell out of my chair the first time I saw a picture of Futurama II. In fact, the show (along with my first visit to Disney World since childhood) actually helped spark an interest in mid-century futurism that brought me to this forum.
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    Many Happy Returns of the Day!
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    Almost caught red handed with stolen merchandise. See how they are trying to look innocent? Well the first one will use that umbrella which becomes a light weight shovel with scoop just tapered enough to uproot a mum. She then lobs the hapless plant over her shoulder and Gert stuffs it into that stripped bag. They've probably been looting world's fairs for years. Now, that overflowing garbage can looks like the work of Fair looter looking for last minute treasures or Belgian Waffle leftovers, but that is obviously the work a far less sophisticated gang. Our mum looting gang wouldn't leave a fingerprint much less all that garbage lying around. I believe one can spot one of the sloppy gang members peering out from the the other side of that garbage can clearly holding a get away bag partly filled with loot. She's playing it innocent as that rather dangerous looking FBI team walks past her as they look for evidence. And typical of a sloppy looter gang, she's disguised as a child. They probably made her smoke five or six packs a day to stunt her growth. Not sure, but my trained eye thinks the older woman near the mums is hiding a gat, a heater, a boomstick, a hand cannon under that rather fashionable coat which she probably got on sale at Bonwit's. But don't let that fashion conscious octogenarian fool you. She's probably thinking about plugging the photographer and destroying the film. She's clearly the brains of the outfit. Some days, the Fair's mean streets could be mighty rough.
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    August 6, 1962 Look for the 1964-65 New York World's Fair logo in the background!
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    From my first book on the Seattle Fair: The Society of American Foresters also had a small display that focused on the timber industry. Surrounded by a variety of trees native to the region, the exhibit promoted the wise management of forest resources, with an emphasis on replanting and replenishment. A film explored what the forests may look like in the year 2062 if they are properly managed and nurtured. Glad you like it, Jim. And on the subject of things on the map that never made it to the NY Fair:
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    We know that the Futurama II ride descended into the basement. We have this map and track elevation diagrams. Basement walls are visible in this 1963 construction photo.
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    I knew the NYWF had a small display in Seattle but to locate an actual sign with the Unisphere logo is remarkable. Well done, Bill!
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    I can't believe that these pavilions were built at all, much less that they were built to stand for just 2 years.
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    They were special flat panel fluorescent bulbs having a serpentine tube built in. Their use didn't last many years beyond the Fair, as the manufacturing process did not produce a good seal and they suffered early failure compared to regular cylindrical bulbs. The construction was such that the serpentine could not be seen in the bottom surface, but of course it became visible when they were lit. They also did a little trick with deluxe phosphors on the bottom and ordinary cool white on the top. GE Panel F square fluorescent lamp.pdf
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    When I did the research for my masters thesis, I learned that it was 1940. Remember, the War did not begin until September 3, 1939, when both Great Britain and France declared war on the Third Reich following the September 1 attack on Poland. Prior to that, few in Europe (and virtually nobody in the US) were focused on the possibility of war. At the end of the 1939 season, a number of the Fair participants were now pavilions of occupied nations. The Polish pavilion stood dark in the final weeks of the 1939 Fair. Prior to this, the fair had not addressed any of the issues which lead to War. Even German participation had been denied by Fair organizers and politicians. The USSR was told to leave the Fair in December of 1939 following its attack on Finland and the Soviet pavilion was taken down and returned home. The Fair attitude was out of sight, out of mind. When the 1940 Fair reopened, the theme had changed from Building The World of Tomorrow to For Peace and Freedom. The goal was to boost attendance and make money for stockholders and to make the Fair less high minded and more frivolous. The Golden Key contest provided for a drawing for new car for one lucky visitor each day in 1940 all in an attempt to lure visitors and create enthusiasm. Fair organizers wanted the Fair to be an escape from the reality of the dissolving situation in Europe--an increasingly impossible task. Yes, the UK pavilion displayed a captured German parachute. The Polish pavilion, closed, had a collection box for donations for refugees. The French pavilion was basically staffed by non-French nationals after May of 1940 after the German occupation of that hapless nation had begun. However, the air of denial in the Administration Building mirrored the mood of the US population and outside of the international zone, there was a goal to quash the news that might bring down the mood of the Fair experience. The Draft did not begin until late in 1940. In the campaign of 1940, neither candidate openly suggested the US could be drawn into the War. Lindbergh and his isolationist America First group was still growing. Gallup Polls indicate only 30% of Americans favored helping the UK in May of 1940 although that number rose to about 48% in November of that year. The majority of the US population just did not want to recognize how disastrous the situation in Europe really was and the Pacific problems were not even considered by most Americans. They did not want to know it could affect them. Throughout 1940, the objective was to keep the Fair light. This is when visitors were asked to "Refrain From Discussing The European Situation." War related news was not broadcast on the Fairgrounds. There was no War related news to broadcast in 1939 until September so that could not have been an issue that year but it certainly was in 1940. This was all a part of the sadness of the Fair. It did not make money and the second year's attendance was lower than in 1939. When it closed in October of 1940, there was a sense that an era was ending and something big was coming. The Perisphere information booth in Times Square was repainted and became an army recruiting booth. Steel from the Theme Center was used in the coming War effort. But 1940 was a final year of denial for most Americans. The Fair was a last hurrah for the end of an era. In the Project XX film, "Life In the Thirties," narrator Alexander Scourby states in the final scenes depicting the 1940 NYWF that this was a "place to tarry;" there was a hope time could stand still. With the music of September Song in the background, the scenes of the lights coming on at the Fair and Scourby's mournful words as the film looks back at the end of that era tell us that the denial and escape were coming to an end. It was now going to be impossible to refrain from discussing the European situation.
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    But they taste so good with an ice cold Coke!
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    Life Magazine in January 1938 ran this aerial view of Fair construction.
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    Because "You Asked For it" -- hey, someone must've asked, right? -- the letter B: Bargreen Buffet: The company behind the buffet -- Bargreen Coffee Co. -- still remains in business. The Bargreens were concessionaires at Seattle's 1962 Century 21 Exposition, the second season of the New York World's Fair, and HemisFair '68 in San Antonio, Texas. As an interesting aside, the family matriarch -- Grace Bargreen Parsons -- was still alive and giving interviews as recently as two years ago at the age of 103! Bell System: The Bell System of telephone companies was broken up into numerous "baby Bells" in 1984 as the result of a lawsuit filed by the U. S. Department of Justice ten years earlier. Since then, there have been numerous acquisitions, mergers and rebrandings, with Cincinnati Bell apparently the sole telephone service company still actively using the Bell name. Billy Graham: The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, sponsor of the pavilion, still exists. Its president and CEO is Franklin Graham (son of Billy) who also still exists, although retired, at age 96. Bounty: MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) who commissioned and exhibited the Bounty replica still exists, although in vastly different form than during the Fair. Canadian shipbuilders Smith and Rhuland -- who constructed it -- closed its doors in 1967. Boy Scouts: It goes without saying, but the Boy Scouts of America still exist today. Brass Rail: The owners of the Brass Rail in 1964/65 -- Interstate Vending (later Interstate United) of Chicago -- closed most of their restaurant holdings in the early 1970s. Interstate United was itself acquired by TransWorld Corporation in 1985, and was operated as a part of TransWorld's Canteen Corporation, which is now a part of the Compass Group ... convoluted but connected.
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    My favorite picture of them. Beautiful design.
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