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    The Fair Corporation was setting standards for the materials that could be used in the buildings and this was a test of how much weight the beams could hold without deforming.
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    "...one of the big hits in New York was a theatre, Circarama which was a Hungarian design originally and it was really good and the film that showed in there was really human and about people and everything else like that." I'd guess this is a confused memory of the Johnson Wax film "To Be Alive," which certainly fits the description of the content, and was directed by Alexander Hammid, who was born in Austria-Hungary: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0352413/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm The Johnson Wax theater was not a circle, but a wide three-panel screen. The Golden Rondelle theater is now located in Racine, Wisconsin, and is open for public tours and showings of "To Be Alive," now remastered and preserved in digital high definition. http://www.scjohnson.com/en/company/visiting.aspx Search "Golden Rondelle" on this site (worldsfaircommunity.org) for more info in past threads.
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    Could have been this one at Expo 67? Done by a Czech but I can't immediately think of a Hungarian entry, and not in NY. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinoautomat
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    No, completely different, both in design and the show inside. Here's a shot of the 1939 building.
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    The '39 World's Fair tested their materials a bit differently....
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    I believe I might be tempted to just bag the automobile and climb that fence.
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    It really was a fanciful and joyful creation.
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    Your best bet for finding people who would be interested in buying them is the upcoming auction in February: https://www.worldsfairauction.com/
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    Today marks the 39th anniversary of the opening of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, a Robert Moses project which he coordinated directly with the 64-65 World's Fair planning of city highway and infrastructure improvements for New York City. The new bridge, which opened on November 21,1964, connects Brooklyn to Staten Island and was the longest suspension bridge in the world, with a span of 4,260 feet from tower to tower. The 693-foot-tall towers had to be built farther apart at their tops than at their bases in order to bring them in line with the curvature of the Earth. It was named after Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazano. On behalf of France he led an expedition to the northeastern coast of North America in 1524. He was the first European navigator to see New York Harbor. A bridge across the Narrows had been proposed for more than eighty years , but it took Robert Moses, as head of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, to get the project rolling in 1959 when construction began. The bridge would be the sixty-sixth in New York City over navigable waterways and the last of eight in the city designed by Swiss engineer Othmar H. Ammann.The timing of this Moses project was fortunate for the Fair. Because Moses became president of the 1964-65 New York World's Fair Corporation in 1960, he nicely dovetailed the construction of the bridge with his overall plan for vast improvements to the city's arterial infrastructure. While wearing two hats (president of the fair and chairman of the TBTA) he coordinated the bridge project along with the fair and scheduled the bridge opening between the fair's two seasons.(By the way, at the same time Moses also was overseeing the building of the Throgs Neck Bridge,connecting Queens and the Bronx, Shea Stadium,the new Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in Manhattan and the construction of the Van Wyck and Long Island Expressways! Any one of these projects would have been a lifetime's achievement for anyone else.) The bridge led to one very important World's Fair project. Moses wanted a great central symbol for his new fair. But he didn't want the fair to pay for it, as did the 1939 Fair Corporation did for the Trylon and Perisphere. And he wanted it to be permanent, a lasting symbol for his new park after the fair. His house architect, Gilmore D. Clarke, took Moses' concept of a great armillary sphere, and came up with the design for the Unisphere - a great globe with orbits symbolizing the space age and international interdependence. Moses knew that the sunken foudation and pilings for the Perisphere were still buried - and solid - under Flushing Meadows. And aware that stainless steel was sturdy and in little need of maintenance from wear and tear. He set about to convince Roger Blough, the powerful head of US Steel, to build, finance and donate the globe to the fair - after all, Moses made clear to Blough, you owe me bigtime! The amount of steel needed to build the Verrazano Bridge,its towers,roadway,supports and suspension cables was beyond enormous - and Moses wanted a thank you in return from US Steel. And besides, he told them, it will give them lots of free publicity at the fair. Thus did the bridge begat the Unisphere. When the bridge opened 39 years ago today, Moses called it a "triumph of simplicity and restraint". On November 21,1964 Moses proudly saw another one of his massive projects and dreams come to reality. Among the invited VIP's to first cross the bridge were many of the fair's exhibitors and workers. But one person was not there, to Moses' sadness. On November 14,1963, Moses was asked to be the master of ceremonies for the opening of the Deleware-Maryland Expressway. It was his job to introduce the principle speaker, President John F. Kennedy. In introducing the President ,Moses said: "Back in the days of the first President Adams,and long before the consulship of our present Chief Executive, New England President's found their way from Boston to Washington by the old colonial stage route over Staten Island. On that route route we are now finishing the greatest suspension bridge in the world,the Verrazano-Narrows, which we have asked you, President Kennedy, to open next November." JFK assured Moses he'd be there. One week later ,November 22,1963,the President was assasinated in Dallas. Now ,on that grand opening day of the bridge a year to the day later, Moses felt the loss personally. (More on the JFK - Moses - Fair relationship in my article on the nywf64.com site called "Camelot at Flushing Meadows" to be posted tomorrow, the 40th anniversary of JFK's assasination.) The Great Bridge has gone on to be one of the jewels of New York City. It's glorious visage has graced New York Harbor through four decades including the Op-Sail welcome for the 1976 Bicentennial,countless ocean liners, and even a starring role in John Travolta's 70's movie classic "Saturday Night Fever". It's lights at night twinkle like a great necklace over the harbor and as the starting point for the annual New York Marathon, it provides for one of the greatest backdrops in the world of sports. Happy Birthday, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge!
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    Hi Jim His name was David Oats, sorry to say he passed away a few years ago. For those of you interested in this cable display, it still exists. It is located in a small park adjacent to the anchor on the Brooklyn side of the Verrazano Bridge. I live a few miles from it, I will try and get over there soon, to take some photos so you may see how it looks today. It has a different paint job.
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    Evocative pic! What looks like stack smoke or a refinery flare is, I assume, a film blemish.
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    While touring Washington University in St. Louis with my son today, I knew we were walking across the former grounds of the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition. In fact, at one point, we even got to go inside one of the Expo's only remaining buildings. But by day's end, I also found myself wondering what had become of the original Ferris Wheel-- which had been re-erected at the St. Louis Fair after its successful run at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. And that's when I came across this article about a concerted effort to locate the Great Wheel's remains-- 103 years after it met an unfortunate fate. The author doesn't have all of his Fair facts completely straight-- but he's clearly a scientist, not a historian-- and his methodical approach to solving a mystery is fascinating to read. Magnetic Survey to Find Axle from Ferris Wheel Used in the 1904 St Louis World's Fair
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    About sixty nations participated with pavilions or exhibits in some form in 1939. It was the photographer's option as to which photos he or she would use for this collection.
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    To my surprise, an editor from Atlantic contacted me by email after I pointed out the error in the comments section of the article and it was corrected.
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    That is one astounding discovery. Be very cautious about parting with it. It's a gem.
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    Yes it would be fun. And also watch for John Dillinger, who was said to have liked strolling around at the Fair to admire the fast cars that Ford and GM exhibited. Of course, being time travelers, we now know where he was living in Chicago all that time, getting his face change surgeries. My grand dad came over to see the Fair from Akron, where he was working at the Goodyear factory. My mom was born there in 1934, and named after Shirley Temple.
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    I remember how my mom decided which pavilions to see and which to avoid in1965. The ones we saw were highly recommended by friends who had already visited the Fair. The ones she chose to avoid had more to do with product disappointment on her part than on the recommendation (or lack thereof) of friends. She had an almost pathological dislike for all things Westinghouse and it was all because of a Westinghouse washing machine that spent more time spewing soap suds and getting repaired than it ever did washing clothes. She detested that machine and the fact she had spent hard earned money on it. In 1965, she walked right past their pavilion and, at the time, their slogan was "You Can Be Sure If It's Westinghouse." She added: "You can be sure it's junk." As for RCA, her reasoning wasn't so much that the product was bad but that color television was some sort of commercial trap. She and my father "tested" an RCA color television set a few months prior to our visit to the Fair. They got it from Sears or somewhere on a three or four day loan. She grew to hate it over those few days because none of her favorite shows were in color and she and my father were "forced" to watch shows they disliked just because they were in color. She really looked at it this way. After a few days, she ordered the thing out of the house and my parents bought a black and white Zenith instead--the last black and white they ever bought. But that beast must have lasted another ten or twelve years. It was certainly worth the money and didn't owe us a thing when it finally croaked. Needless to say, there was no way in heaven or hell my mother was going to walk into that RCA pavilion in New York. She knew RCA and their color televisions were nothing but a snare.
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    Welcome! We would love to see your photos!
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    Hello Everyone: I just found out today that another person who was instrumental in the Disney-designed attractions at the NYWF passed away back on July 27, 2017. His name was Marty Sklar, and he was 83 years old at his passing. Below is the obituary from the New York Times: Marty Sklar, Longtime Disney Aide and Executive, Dies at 83 By RICHARD SANDOMIR AUG. 3, 2017 Marty Sklar in front of an image of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., in 2005. Mr. Sklar worked for the Walt Disney Company for more than 50 years. Credit Jae C Hong/Associated Press On the mid-July day in 1955 when Disneyland opened in Anaheim, Calif., confusion reigned. More people stormed its grounds than expected, rides broke down, food and beverage supplies ran short, and a plumbers’ strike limited the number of working water fountains. Out in the park that afternoon, amid the disorder, was Marty Sklar, a 21-year-old college junior who was editing the theme park’s 10-cent newspaper. At one point Fess Parker, in full costume as Disney’s television and big-screen Davy Crockett, complete with coonskin cap, approached him on horseback. Spotting Mr. Sklar’s name tag, Mr. Parker called out for help. “Marty,” he said, “get me out of here before this horse hurts someone!” Disneyland recovered well from the early chaos. And Mr. Sklar went on to spend more than a half-century at the Walt Disney Company, as a close aide to Walt Disney himself and eventually as the principal creative executive of the company’s Imagineering unit, made up of the innovators who blend their imaginations and their technical expertise in devising every element of the company’s theme parks. “Marty was sort of the keeper of the flame of Walt’s philosophies so that everybody could learn from them,” Bob Gurr, an Imagineer for 27 years (his credits include the Matterhorn roller coasters), said in a telephone interview. “Marty was connected to literally everything the Disney company has done since Disneyland. Mr. Sklar, who died on July 27 at his home in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, maintained his connection to the company after his retirement in 2009 (timed for the 54th anniversary of Disneyland’s opening). Last year, at Day 1 of Shanghai Disney in China, he became the only cast member, as the company calls its workers, to have attended the openings of all 12 Disney parks worldwide. And less than two weeks before he died, he was at D23, a Disney fan convention, reminiscing on a panel about Disneyland. His death was announced by the Disney company, which did not give a cause. He was 83. Mr. Sklar’s job editing The Disneyland News was a temporary one, but he returned to Disneyland after graduating from U.C.L.A. in 1956 to work in its publicity department. He soon became Mr. Disney’s chief ghostwriter for publicity materials, dedications, souvenir guides, speeches, slogans, presentations and short films, like the one that helped the company win approval to build Walt Disney World and Epcot in central Florida. He also collaborated with Walt and his brother, Roy, on Disney’s annual reports. “It was pretty heady stuff for someone just closing in on his 30th birthday and only six or seven years out of college,” Mr. Sklar wrote in his autobiography, “Dream It! Do It: My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms” (2013). But even as Mr. Disney leaned on Mr. Sklar’s writing, he assigned him to work on the Ford Pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, where the Disney company was designing exhibits and attractions. Mr. Sklar wrote Mr. Disney’s narration for the “Magic Skyway” at the Ford pavilion, with its animatronic dinosaurs and cave men, and was the main link to major corporate sponsors. It was the start of Mr. Sklar’s second phase at the company. As an increasingly important member, and leader, of the Imagineers, he became even more identified with the legacy of Mr. Disney, who died in late 1966, well before the openings of Walt Disney World, in 1971, and Epcot, in 1982. After Mr. Disney’s death of lung cancer at 65, Mr. Sklar was thrust back into writing when he was told that the company’s top executives had not prepared a public statement in advance, even though, as he wrote in his autobiography, “it was no secret Walt was dying.” Mr. Sklar in 2016 receiving the Diane Disney Miller Lifetime Achievement Award at a gala hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. Credit Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for The Walt Disney Family Museum Mr. Sklar resented having to write the statement that Roy Disney would sign, he said, but he understood that the lack of planning was a sign that Mr. Disney’s death had paralyzed the company’s leaders. “The truth is they were all scared as hell,” Mr. Sklar wrote. Martin Adrian Sklar was born in New Brunswick, N.J., on Feb. 6, 1934. His father, Leon, was a teacher, and his mother, the former Lilyn Fuchs, worked at Johnson & Johnson before the family moved to Long Beach, Calif., when Marty was 12. .After high school, he had temporary jobs working at Douglas Aircraft, scooping ice cream at a hamburger drive-in and delivering packages for the Postal Service. But in May 1955, as his junior year at U.C.L.A. was ending, Mr. Sklar received a message to call E. Cardon Walker, the head of marketing and publicity at Disney. At the time, Mr. Sklar was the new editor in chief of The Daily Bruin, the U.C.L.A. student newspaper. Mr. Walker asked him to interview for the job of creating and editing The Disneyland News. The theme park was opening soon, Mr. Walker told him. It needed him. Mr. Walker hired him after a 20-minute interview. But Mr. Sklar still needed to assure Mr. Disney that he knew what he was doing. “I was on the job two weeks and had to present the concept for the paper to Walt Disney,” he recalled in a podcast for the Disney Avenue website. “If Walt didn’t like it, I was out the door, and he’d get a pro to do it. But the good fortune was that Walt liked it. I was 21. It was scary. I’d never worked professionally.” Mr. Sklar eventually distilled Mr. Disney’s lessons (and some from others) into “Mickey’s Ten Commandments,” a manifesto of theme park management. Among the commandments: Know your audience. Wear your guests’ shoes, figuratively speaking, to experience an attraction as they would. Tell one story at a time in any given attraction. Bob Rogers, an expert in themed entertainment, once called Mr. Sklar “the sorcerer’s apprentice” — the role Mickey Mouse played in the Disney classic “Fantasia” (1940) — for channeling the Disney philosophies to three generations of designers. Mr. Sklar is survived by his wife, the former Leah Gerber; his daughter Leslie Sklar; his son Howard; and four grandchildren. Mr. Sklar was a devout Disney executive. He routinely wore a three-faced Mickey Mouse watch (which gave him the times in Los Angeles, Paris and Tokyo) and a gold Mickey Mouse ring. And he never forgot all that Mr. Disney had taught him. When the Disney company was developing a children’s area for the California Adventure Park, Mr. Sklar reminded the planners to include activities that parents and children could do together, as Mr. Disney would have mandated. “I reminded everyone that the reason Disneyland existed at all was because Walt used to take his daughters Diane and Sharon to the Griffith Park merry-go-round,” he told The Los Angeles Times in 2002, “and Daddy had to sit on the park bench eating peanuts and popcorn while the kids rode alone.” Here is a link to an interview that Mr. Sklar did that tells all about his involvement with the New York World's Fair and the work he did at all four of the Disney projects at the Fair: http://blog.silive.com/sinotebook/2010/04/an_interview_with_marty_sklar.html
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