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  1. 5 points
    Hey! I just found this on one of my random websites: It's a movie called "New Directions".. it seems to be a stop motion film from the '39 Fair. here's the movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlurdOFTvH8
  2. 4 points
    I love this community. Its members are passionate about world's fairs and the combined knowledge stored here is vast and deep. The passion is a double-edged sword and eventually it wore me out. Occasionally things got negative, heated. People disagree with the choices you make. Some people stop talking to you. Some people end up hating you. Over the years the hobby started feeling more like a job and my passion waned. I'd look through old posts and wonder if I'd made the right decisions. My social visits became less frequent. I'd check in to ensure everything was running and not recognize the people posting. That's when I decided to hand the site over to Bill C. Like many have previously stated, the community is still here and vital. Nearly two decades after Bill Y. invited me to join him. That's something to celebrate and be proud of!
  3. 4 points
    I recently joined or re-discovered a couple of the Facebook groups regarding the Fair so it was interesting to me to read the comments about Facebook. I was surprised to see how little has been posted on the Facebook groups in the past few years. On the other hand, this bulletin board is alive with continuous postings from people with an interest. I don't think a day goes by that I check here that I don't see and read something new. So LONG LIVE the World's Fair Community! In this day and age of Facebook, it is still THE PLACE to go for people who share a love of World's Fairs! You all make this a great place to visit.
  4. 4 points
    Let me first give my apology to Mike, I guess with all the hard work we put into the Pavillion I didn't see what he was really saying. I do have the latest report on the study of the Pavillion and Mitch is correct, the structure is in sound condition but there are pieces of concrete falling off the columns. It would be unsafe for the public to walk around, and the outer rooms are a complete disaster. We have found a mattress in one where a homeless person was sleeping ( remnants of the Fereal Pavillion) but with all that said we will be there this spring and start our scraping and painting of the interior walls and mezzanine band. I met with the new commissioner today and she gave full support to our cause. We also talked about ideas for the Fairs 50th anniversary. Will post to keep everyone up to date....Johnny
  5. 3 points
    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.
  6. 3 points
    After YEARS of delay, finally construction has started. Still don't know how much will get done and how fast, but the excellent and very much in demand "construction guy", Howie, is hot on it now and has done this much in two days, with the wood base cut and ready, but still not in place. However, the frame is almost complete. Most of the glass and plexi have to be replaced, but I am trying to figure out something to do with the original WF pieces of glass (only a few were not damaged in the taking down of the church/pavilion in Poway). We're waiting on the new glass and plexi, so that might be a short delay, as they are all custom pieces. Enjoy, news as it happens.
  7. 3 points
    She is being remodeled! New glass fencing instead of grid on the observation deck and glass floor in the restaurant is just part of it. Here is a link to what they are doing to bring this lovely lady into the 21st Century! https://www.spaceneedle.com/about-renovation/ and a peek....
  8. 3 points
    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.”
  9. 3 points
    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.
  10. 3 points
    George, I guess I got good shoots because there were so many good subjects to choose from. I used Ektachrome 120 slide film cropped to superslide size and hand-mounted onto plastic frames. My camera was a twin-lens reflex, which, unfortunately, didn't have telephoto or wide angle accessories. I tended to "push the envelope" a little, which got me some privileged shots of the Bell System, Travelers Insurance, etc. But mostly it was patience, and the powerful impression that the fair made on me. It is wonderful that these slides have finally found a home among those of you who really appreciate them. I think that providing a nostalgic return to almost-forgotten memories is one of the best gifts I can offer, and, believe me, the pleasure is as much mine as yours! The responses of the Community to these long-ago efforts have added a whole new dimension to my later years, for which I thank you all. I couldn't think of a happier occasion than to meet all of you personally and share memories of this great Fair!
  11. 3 points
    I'm delighted to learn about the Community after decades of thinking there was little general interest in my own photos. I visited the Fair 30 times over its two year span, with a twin-lens reflex camera, plus the occasional tripod for night and interior work, and a bulky portable audio tape recorder. I'm presently engaged in a multi-month project of meticulously cleaning, color-correcting and, where appropriate, cropping each superslide file. Everything I submit will be brand new, having never been published in any medium. Many thanks to Craig Bavaro for tipping me off about the Community, and to Bill Cotter for his technical help and support. Greetings to all from California, and thanks for your interest and patience while I get this process underway.
  12. 3 points
    Even in black-and-white the Fair looked spectacular at night.
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    I also remember how much the setting and display impressed my parents. And what that critic never understood is that the very opportunity provided to tens of millions of visitors just to see the Pieta was, in itself, priceless. That sculpture would have blown minds by its beauty if it had been displayed in the pavilion kitchen.
  15. 3 points
    The factlet that he died on a visit to NYC to see the 1964 Fair is puzzling if he lived and worked there, irrelevant, and, since the photos are not from 1964, misleading. "A Star is Born," the movie advertised in one of his Times Square photos, is from 1954. So I don't know what the blurb writer was thinking. But I can guess... Walking around a ladder blocking a CVS entrance this morning I joked to the twenty something workman if he was daring me to walk underneath. He looked concerned and confused. Turned out he never heard that walking under a ladder is bad luck. Separately I heard young girls not knowing what the expression "put on a back burner" meant. I'm concluding that many young people know nothing prior to their own experience and to them the past is one swirling pastiche conflating World's Fairs with World Wars in which the Flintstones celebrating Christ's birth is a reality show offering no chronological challenges. These people are today's writers.
  16. 3 points
    The museum has invited me to participate in a NYWF event in September. I'll post details here when they're finalized.
  17. 3 points
    All I'm seeing on Facebook says today's events are a smash hit--- with waiting lines to see the NYS Pavilion snaking around, across the bridge and all the way over to the zoo. Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people, according to the photos I'm seeing. A big eye-opener for the Parks Department. A three hour wait I'm hearing, and you're limited to 10 minutes inside. Sounds like the Fair 50 years ago, doesn't it? :D
  18. 3 points
    I found this on Youtube today. It was taken after the hurricane and has some fabulous views of the towers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0mleoS3QVo
  19. 3 points
    Here's a view of the Czechoslovakia Pavilion at Man and His World in 1972: It's not too hard to guess what pavilion this was during Expo, is it? I'm surprised they couldn't do a better job of erasing the old name.
  20. 3 points
    film footage of one of the Fire dancers at 2:48 In spite of the 1965 title on this footage, the view of the Chrysler Pavilion shows it to be painted in the 1964 paint scheme.
  21. 3 points
    Mark this date on your calendars- Tuesday, July 14,2009 I will be giving a tour of FMCP focusing on the New York World's Fair of 1939-1940. The tour group will meet at 9:00am at the 1964 Main Entrance Building, top of the ramp. This tour will emphasize on the size comparisons of the two fairs, and also give an insight on the area's previous incarnations, those being both a dismal ash dump and a pristine wetland before that. The tour will start with a visit the Bridge of Flags, Garden of Nations area, and acknowledge the sites of many international pavilions from the 1939 fair, along with the League of Nations pavilion. then proceed to the eastern border of the fairgrounds, formerly the site of the Boy Scout Camp from 1939 and now a brand new recreation center. The tour will then proceed to the Fountain of Planets(Lagoon of Nations for this tour) and follow the complete original path of the Flushing River to the Lake, pointing out the locations of the court of states,and the massive Soviet Union Pavilion. Medicus DVD footage of these pavilions will be available on a portable DVD player. At the former site of the Aquacade, a video DVD of the actual 1939 show will be shown on a small screen. The tour will emphasize on the size of the 1939 Amusement Zone, and visit the 1939 location of the Parachute Jump. The Tour will then visit the Queens Museum, with an extensive tour of the building's exterior along with the museum exhibits. From there, it will be decided on whether to visit the Transportation Zone or head back up into the main Fairgrounds, time dependent. I encourage tour guests to bring bottled water, and carb snacks, it's a lot of walking! This should be an interesting and informative tour. More info coming soon.
  22. 3 points
    I have noticed that over the last year, the general tone of this board has taken a decidedly nasty turn. I refuse to point fingers and name names; those who have been guilty of all the sniping and ugliness know who they are and what they have done. People, before the name change, this was known as Peace Through Understanding. By and large, that is exactly what this board was, and why I enjoyed coming here on a daily basis. I'm sad to say that I don't feel that way anymore. I don't know why some of you were drawn here, but in my case it was to keep the memory of my childhood visits to the 1964/65 New York World's Fair alive in my head, and to hear the experience of others who shared it; and we had that! Now, however, it seems that every thread I read has someone jumping all over someone else for no apparent reason than to start conflict. I don't need this. I'm going to take a month-long break from PTU and hope that when I return, this board will again reflect that wonderful ideal, Peace Through Understanding Good day and good luck, Boggy
  23. 3 points
    I had 8 or 9 yesterday so I can guess who voted against me. I can live with it. As to the permit - if one is needed I'm willing to foot the $25 for it as a way of showing my support. I really doubt I can get there in person due to work commitments but I'll be there in spirit. I'm also sending some material to Jason to use as give-aways and door prizes as he sees fit. I hope it's a great day for all those who go.
  24. 2 points
    I found a nice surprise at the front door today - the first copies of my newest book! It's always a thrill to finally hold the final product in your hands after months of work. Street date is December 10.
  25. 2 points
    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.
  26. 2 points
    Hi suguar! I have a feeling a number of us have become "lurkers" more so than "posters." In my case, I still watch "the board" but just don't post often unless I have something to advertise that's new at nywf64.com The names you mention go "way back" to the early days when "PTU" as it was called then was a part of nywf64.com. "Way back" is going on 19 years ago! It's hard to believe that this bulletin board in one form or another has been around for that long! Some of the names you've mentioned I've lost track of as well. Others, like Mike Kraus, Liz Klug and Ken Thalheimer, Mary Ellen Coughlan, John McSweeny still have an interest in the Fair but just don't post here often any more. Interests change over 19 years too. I also think that part of the reason why you don't see some of the older names posting any more is that the "newness" of it might have worn off for some of them. You have to realize that 19 years ago, discovering that there were actually other people "out there" who share this interest was a big thing to us. All those years ago there just wasn't that much online that you could explore about the 1964/1965 New York World's Fair or other Fairs. Now, search Google for "1964 York Fair" and you will come up with a myriad of links to places to visit on the web that have a connection to the Fairs, be it UTube or any number of places where folks have posted their photos and memories. In 2000, PTU was actually a bit like a social club where people with a fascination for World's Fairs could "hang-out." It's still that way today but maybe just not as shiny and new as it was nearly two decades ago.
  27. 2 points
    A little detective work produced this: On January 21, 2014 Bill Cotter posted: "Someone has finally found one of the Hertz strollers used at the Fair. It will be on "American Pickers" on the History Channel at 9 PM ET on January 22. I'm looking forward to seeing it. It's been tough sitting on the news until the show was ready to air." So that would be episode 3, Season 11. (Vermont, New York) Now to find it. (It's available on the History Channel website---stroller starts at 7:11) Gee, I would have bought it for $40.00
  28. 2 points
    An interesting find about the proposed 1996 Budapest World's Fair. The site was to have been divided between the Buda side of the Danube River and Margitsziget (Margaret's Island). Initial plans called for a joint exhibition in Vienna and Budapest in 1995. When Vienna lost interest, it was rescheduled for 1996 to celebrate the 1,100th anniversary of the founding of the Hungarian state. Sadly, it was never held.
  29. 2 points
    NYWF was probably the first place I saw moving walkways. A moving INCLINE must’ve been a real treat for my young self! Like kids having more fun w the boxes Christmas presents come in, some of the most fascinating aspects of NYWF were not the featured exhibits and displays, but the buildings they came in and the logistics and conveyances surrounding them.
  30. 2 points
    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.
  31. 2 points
    Great TWA shots!
  32. 2 points
    They were very different fairs but both were wonderful. They remain my favorite two. I think Expo 67 did have some great architecture - my favorite two buildings were Air Canada and Canadian Pulp & Paper - but NY did have the massive corporate pavilions. I'm headed back to Montreal in June and am looking forward to another walk through the grounds, been a few years since our last trip. Happy Birthday to Expo 67!
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    Another day, another milestone. I just mailed in the manuscript. It was a race to get it in but I was a day early! My thanks to Carol for helping me, yet again, in turning random thoughts into connected sentences. I don't know when it will be out yet. Carol asked me what's the next one. I think I'll decompress a few days before thinking about it! Thanks to Wayne and others who helped on the treasure hunt for data on this one.
  35. 2 points
    Looking towards General Electric from the Tower of Light. I don't recall seeing this angle before.
  36. 2 points
    I have a photo in my head of that thing. I was afraid to ride because after you ascended the spiral the ride left the building and crossed quite some distance through open air into the volcano mouth of the other building. There were several chairs in a row and you were perched rather high off the track without railings. I remember watching with trepidation from the ground as the cars slowly made their way across the exposed track several stories higher than I was comfortable with. I was afraid of that open air bit. My parents had to cajole me into going. I recall nothing of the spiral upwards as I steeled myself for what was to come. As the ride exited the building and crossed that chasm I held on tight but there ahead of me in the supposedly fearsome maw of the volcano I saw a soda can lying improbably among the glowing lava folds. As the ride turned 90 degrees and dropped vertically down, the whole gestalt of the illusion was ruined by that soda can. It also served to distract me from my fear of heights . The ride proceeded at constant speed throughout. It was not at all like a roller coaster. There was no free fall. I have no recollection of how you got on or off. I see the font size changes in the third paragraph of my post above. That was not intentional and there is no meaning implied or secret message intended. Of course if there was, it would be, "Drink more Ovaltine."
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    Bill, I think you are right. I have to say that this dialogue with Eric is just wonderful. How cool is this site when, in a world that seems to make less and less sense every day, people can have such a fun discussion and informative exchange of ideas. And Eric and I both learned some amazing new information from you. Many thanks!! Jim
  39. 2 points
    Life Magazine in January 1938 ran this aerial view of Fair construction.
  40. 2 points
    Three more days until my book is available! Here's another clip: Children may not have been welcome at Show Street, but the Gayway more than made up for the snub. Seen here from the Union 76 Skyride is just a portion of the rides, carnival games, and snack bars that filled the area. More than $2 million was spent on the Gayway, which the fair proclaimed as having the most modern rides in all of North America, many just imported from Europe for their American debut.
  41. 2 points
    Those boxes are indeed CO2 fill boxes. Exactly right. As an aside. our company made those boxes by the thousands not too long ago. I still see them in my travels. Those new machines you describe are called "Coca-Cola Freestyle" They are quite complex and are rented by retailers from Coke. The syrups are in plastic cartridges about the size of a book. Super concentrated.
  42. 2 points
    hi folks, a couple more pics of finished painting of crown. was at park on Friday and snapped a bunch of pics. Park was being treated to a US Open cleaning. Looked great!!
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    She was dressed a lot like this lady. The wife of an alcoholic husband who couldn't just bring home a SMALL bottle from the World's Fair, but insisted he wanted the big one. :D
  45. 2 points
    You guys really deserve the opportunity to show for the great work that you have done these last several years. I felt very blessed to have helped back in 2010 when things were getting started. look forward to seeing you opening day. Steve
  46. 2 points
    Bill Young and I are thrilled to be reuniting for our third book on the 1964-65 Fair. We're also thrilled that this one will be in color. We don't have the exact details as to price and when it will be out but I'll post them as available. I just got off the phone with the publisher and haven't come down from Cloud 9 yet! Bill
  47. 2 points
    Glad you liked it. I can't recall seeing that bench before. Here's one I really enjoyed. Poland Pavilion remnants It looks so weird to see the statue, the tower and part of a building all out there in the weeds. The park sure must have been a strange and confusing looking mess at this stage. I read that Mayor LaGuardia was instrumental in the statue being left in the park after the fair closed, and that it went to Central Park in 1945. I wonder when they finally tore down the tower and building.
  48. 2 points
    Mitch, Thanks for the rewards program! The post card,letter of authenticity and the wood slat is a well thought out "Thank you for your donation" not to mention the few dollars spent on postage. Though that wasn't my motivation for donating $25.00, it's just that we all have a common love and commitment to FMCP and all things related to the fair(s). SO COME ON EVERYONE,PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR HEART IS....DONATE NOW!!
  49. 2 points
    When I had my display up in 2004 it was in four or five smallish glass cases at the library. They were always locked, but beyond that there wasn't really any sort of security measures. Of course most of my collection was made up of more common landfill (with a few nicer pieces mixed in, but nothing like this stuff). It never even occurred to me to ask about insurance or anything like that. I would have been very disappointed (obviously) if anything had been lost, stolen of damaged. I'd definitely ask the library their thoughts on security, insurance, etc. for your rare items bagels. Hopefully they already have something in place for displays like this. If not, hopefully they'll be understanding that this stuff has some real value beyond just being "old stuff" and be wiling to work with you to keep it safe and sound. Will be looking forward to seeing photos of the display if/when it happens! Good luck!
  50. 2 points
    Wow, I have been away for awhile from the board. Doing a little lurking now and then. My daughters graduated college the last few weekends and lots of other events. Now that we have the new board I have had trouble figuring out what is new and what is old content. And my quick little visits haven't allowed for much reading due to my confusion. I am saddened to hear that there is turmoil again on the board. I haven't read any of the offending threads, but it seems like there are two camps here and it comes to a head when we want to get together at FMCP. UGH!! Regardless of the drama, Specialbunny and I had a grand old time last year in the heat and humidity. It was a nice turn out. And we met some awesome people. Watching Terrie and Curtis smile as we gathered around to buy copies of their DVD was great! I still remember Terrie's dress..none of the men noticed it's WF connection at first!! It was a very memorable day. I agree with Boggy- Peace Thru Understanding People!! And now that we can give reputation points to postings let's do it. I agree with Bill- use the report button if it's clearly out of control. But don't forget a little bit of a lively discussion and different points of view can be healthy for a forum. As long as there is respect and caring for our members. So I hate to think that people are leaving. I am not sure that is the way to resolve issues either, but I understand sometimes it helps when you leave and get a breath of fresh air. Think hard before you leave, think hard before you lower yourself to tantruming as well and as hard as the immature. Think of why you did come here for the first time. And remember how much effort people are making on all of our behalfs by keeping this forum open to us all. And for those of you who enjoy causing trouble for no reason but to stir things up..you have your own playgrounds why bother ours. / Nancy