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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
    This pavilion had some lovely room displays, as well as exhibits of decorative items. I was pleased to watch an artist carve a wooden wall hanging that was very popular in those days. This is an exhibit by International Silver. I was surprised to see my own portrait in the mirror! Artist at work. Example of a finished wall hanging.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 3 points
    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!
  7. 3 points
    I can relate to the noble but weary task of checking things out. Rumour went around that an attractive female in my company was moonlighting at a local burlesque theater. Someone had to take on the task of confirming the truth, and I selflessly volunteered. It was true!
  8. 3 points
    Thanks for the post, Glen. Always good to hear from you. Happily we haven't had too many problems with trolls, and we do our best to take care of them as fast as possible when they surface. And I do try to keep politics, at least current ones, out of here so there's a place I can go without having to wory about the Argument of the Day from some folks on Facebook, etc. I plan on moving the board to a new host this summer, and will see what can be done about those missing images at that time. Same basic software, just a different hosting company.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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....
  12. 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.”
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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.
  16. 3 points
    Even in black-and-white the Fair looked spectacular at night.
  17. 3 points
    http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/life/2016/05/25/museum-revives-lost-treasures-worlds-fair/84550530/
  18. 3 points
    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.
  19. 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.
  20. 3 points
    The museum has invited me to participate in a NYWF event in September. I'll post details here when they're finalized.
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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
  27. 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.
  28. 2 points
    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
  29. 2 points
    After having scanned thousands of slides from the Fair it's always fun to spot something new. Here's a view of a sign advertising "Disneyland Fun - Pepsi World's Fair Pavilion" on the way in to the Gotham Gate from the subway. I've never seen that sign before. It did it's best to hide in the shadows, as seen in the original scan. Newly restored 126 format slide from August 1965. and the original scan:
  30. 2 points
    Considering the way people drive cars on land, we may have dodged a bullet by not getting jetpacks and flying cars.
  31. 2 points
    For the luminaire fans: How could anyone not love that Fair?
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  34. 2 points
    Of course they never admitted what *really* made the holes.
  35. 2 points
    With all of its challenges and incredible problems, the decade of the 1960s was a remarkable time to come of age.
  36. 2 points
    I have it for some of them, Jim, and will post a map soon that has a lot of that on it.
  37. 2 points
    Here's the current cover design for my upcoming book on Expo 67. They may change it again but I think this is likely to be close to the final result. There will also be a French version but I haven't seen it yet. The book will be out in mid 2016. Thanks to the people who have reviewed the draft and sent in their suggestions. I'm two weeks away from the submission deadline so it's a race to the finish line, with the final two chapters being finished in the next few days. If anyone else would like to review it please let me know, as I'm doing my best to make it as accurate as possible. I only wish it could be 3-4 times as long as there were so many great pictures I had to skip. You really start to see how big a project Expo 67 was when you start looking at all the individual elements in detail.
  38. 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."
  39. 2 points
    It is interesting that the Expo 67 sign will be installed at this proposed amphitheatre. According to one person responding to the Gazette article, that is the original Expo 67 sign that appears in so many vintage photographs. If it is, and it really still exists, I wonder where it now is and I think it's cool it will be restored and put in a place of honor.
  40. 2 points
    I recently bought a large box of negatives showing parts of NYC in 1939 and thought folks might enjoy them. I'll post some as I restore them. There were many different ships included, with quite a few of the Queen Mary. Here's the first one I've done, showing it at the pier.
  41. 2 points
    This one has a NYWF39 tie-in. In 1939 the city was in full World's Fair Mania. Check out this taxi in front of the Queen Mary - it says "Welcome To the World's Fair" just below the roof line!
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  43. 2 points
    Welcome 'Green Bus Lines of Jamaica, New York' to the 1939/1940 World's Fair (Flushing Meadows, NY). Pictured below is a factory photo of a 1939 Mack Model 'CM3G' (ser# 1088) fleet # 824 all decked out in official World's Fair logos and ready for service along with twenty four other sister buses to bring guests from all over Queens County to the exposition (an additional ten coaches were added in 1940). A little about your newest member - Mr. Linsky; I am 69 years of age and lived my early years in Kew Gardens, Long Island (a stone's through from Flushing). My parents made a number of trips to the fair during its two year stand and took me when I was one year old just so that I could eventually say that I was there! Of course, I remember nothing of it but, I was there! Being a relation to the founder of Green Bus Lines (a large privately owned transit company serving south western Queens since 1933) I have taken more than a passing interest in its history and, in fact, am an unofficial historian for the company (which, by the way, has now become part of MTA Bus Division of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority - NY). If any of you members should happen to come across any photos of these Macks at work in or around the fair grounds, I would really appreciate a heads up so I may add them to my archive. Photo courtesy of the Mack Truck Museum, Allentown, Pa. Mr. Linsky Green Bus Lines, Inc., Jamaica & Arverne, NY
  44. 2 points
    I can just picture the ghosts of Ray, and David Oats, out there just loving it. Ray zooming around on his Segway of course. That's his flag hanging up there. Those two are sorely missed. Thank goodness we've got some great energetic folks who've stepped up now that Ray and David are gone.
  45. 2 points
    I was just wondering around the BIE site, and noticed that Milan is ahead of its target of countries signing up in 2011, with 56 already (target of 50 by end 2011) http://www.bie-paris...milan-2015.html
  46. 2 points
    I am pleased by your very nice comments on my images.Your enthusiasm about them is a complete,but pleasant surprise to me.I hope this next batch won't disapoint anybody. I'll start with something a little bit different.Obiviously,I can't go to an elevated location,from which someone took a picture in 1967.So,I created a sort of "Then and now by numbers". Fences like the ones in the above picture,can be found along almost every canal.I had to get over one of them - and get some scratches on the legs,because I was wearing shorts - to reach exactly where Bill Dutfield was when he took this picture: On the next one,you'll see a bit of the USA pavilion,by looking in the upper left corner: Another invasion of Mother Nature on the next one.This building was the Bank of Commerce.It is now used,I believe,by the Montreal International Marathon: I wonder how many of these people,seated on a bench in front of the pavilion of France,are still with us today: This next picture from 1967,gives us a rare view of the small,yellow minirail station.Unlike all the stations of the big blue minirail,this one was at water level,under the St-Helen Expo Express station: I don't have any other photos of this small minirail sation.If you do,I'd be grateful if you posted them. More "Then and now" in a future post.
  47. 2 points
    Here's another petitiion - if you love Flushing Meadows Park and its history, please sign!! http://www.jhbg.org/2012/10/12/sign-the-petition-and-help-us-save-flushing-meadows-corona-parkhttp://www.jhbg.org/2012/10/12/sign-the-petition-and-help-us-save-flushing-meadows-corona-park
  48. 2 points
    Please forgive me if I am out-of-line in starting this thread and the powers that be may remove it if it is not in keeping with the tone of this site, but I just want to say I am stunned and heartbroken about the terrible news coming from Connecticut. I began my teaching career 36 years ago in New Milford, Connecticut, which is near Danbury and Newtown. I spent five years there and loved the area. I feel overwhelmed by the pain inflicted on this community, those innocent children and their grieving families and friends. And I am so proud to be a part of a profession that produced teachers and administrators as decent, caring and courageous as those who gave their lives for their children in that school on Friday. I find I cannot really think of much else right now. And I suppose I did not quite know where to turn to express my thoughts so I started this thread. It has nothing to do with fairs but fairs don't feel very important to me right now. Jim
  49. 2 points
    Mitch and Steph are taking on a huge job cleaning the inside of the Pavillion. They worked hard in 95 degree heat and put a dent in the mess that was there.
  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
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