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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
    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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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....
  11. 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.”
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. 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.
  15. 3 points
    Even in black-and-white the Fair looked spectacular at night.
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  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 3 points
    The museum has invited me to participate in a NYWF event in September. I'll post details here when they're finalized.
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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
  26. 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.
  27. 2 points
    ****WARNING: Long, Rambling Post Alert!**** Thank you, Trey! And I think this response might be indicative of what happened to so many of the regulars around here. When I came back and saw this thread I kinda made a promise to myself that I would come around more often and keep up with everything going on in the forums. Then...a month-and-a-half passed before I came back and saw your post above! No excuse, it's just what it is. The interesting thing about a community like this is that the one thing we all know about each other is that we all have at least ONE thing in common. And the whole point of this site is to celebrate that common interest. But of course we all have complete lives that contain so many other interests, commitments, responsibilities and so on... I'll bet many former members still (and always will) have that passion they feel/felt for the Fair, but other things just had to take precedence. I might try to reach out to a couple of the people mentioned in the OP to see if they might drop by to check in. We'll see if I actually get around to doing that! Trey, I also consider you a good friend, and am ever-thankful to this board for "introducing" me to you and so many others who I wouldn't have met otherwise, but who I now consider to be friends (yes, even if it's only an online friendship). When I first discovered the board I had only been "into" World's Fairs for a few years. At first it was exclusively 1939-40 (as I believe was the case with you at one point as well, correct Trey?). Then it spread to 1964-65. As mentioned earlier I was born a few years after the 1964-65 NYWF gates closed for good. So, unlike many of the original members, I had never had the opportunity to actually attend the Fair. But The wealth of information that everyone had and the passion for the subject really drew me in. I lurked for about a year and didn't actually join and start posting until someone here actually posted about ME when I had put up a display of my collection at the Worcester Public Library for the 40th anniversary of the '64 Fair (and 75th anniversary of '39). I quickly went from a "newbie" who knew practically nothing about the Fairs into being at least well-versed in the subject. Friends and family probably considered me to be an expert on the Fairs, but I knew the true experts were here. Like Trey mentioned, Facebook groups are riddled with inaccuracies that you don't really find here. If something incorrect is stated someone will more likely than not correct it. The FB groups are kind of like Wikipedia, while the WFC feels a bit more like a true encyclopedia, even if it is being "published" by its members. While I've rarely find myself visiting over the past few years, I love the fact that I can still get here by typing "pea" into my computer. It still autofills "peacethroughunderstanding.org" and clicking that STILL brings me here (yes, that DOES also say something not so good about the age of my computer, but that's another story). I feel that old name really did mean a lot to the board beyond being the theme of the Fair. There really did seem to be a lot of peace and understanding between members. It was like a micro-version of what the Fair proposed to accomplish--on a small community scale. Like I mentioned above, we all have different things that mean something to us, but we all have the Fair(s) in common. If we started veering from that (as is likely to happen in Facebook or other places) I'm sure that peace would have been short-lived. The few members who would come along and seem to only want to cause trouble or start something (ie: trolls) would quickly learn that this community didn't go for that. They'd usually calm down and join in on the fun--or possibly be banned. I can't say I've ever seen much in the way of politics being discussed here, and that makes me glad. Politics are extremely important, but also extremely polarizing. And, obviously, that's not the reason I come here. Sorry, I got long-winded once again. Oh well, that's just what I do I guess!
  28. 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.
  29. 2 points
    It's Birds Eye Awake "frozen concentrate for orange-flavored breakfast drink."
  30. 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
  31. 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.
  32. 2 points
    I found them on eBay and decided I really didn't need to buy groceries for a few weeks...
  33. 2 points
    Welcome! We would love to see your photos!
  34. 2 points
    As a coincidence, Bill was in Montreal a few days ago and I had the pleasure of reintroducing him to the former US pavillon - he was with his wife Carol Along with a Virtual Reality tour of the Labyrinth... This is basically the view Bill had (photo 2016)
  35. 2 points
    Two views of a mural inside the Westinghouse Pavilion. The 1900-1939 one has the following credits on it: Designed by Everett Henry Executed by Mack, Jenner (?) & Tyler Based on map by International Map Corp.
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    Oh, I certainly don't mean that as a reflection on you. I meant that statement as a way to express my shock at the depth of Johnson's involvement with the Nazis and with those two American demagogues. Your post is illuminating and thought provoking even if the information is disturbing. This is why we are all a part of this site--to learn even if it is not an easy lesson.
  38. 2 points
    I recently bought a large image of the Fair site before the construction got underway. It wasn't dated but the Fair Corp. headquarters has been built. It opened in January 1961 so it was taken sometime between then and when all of the work got underway. I spotted an unusual structure where the Unisphere would be built, and did a second high resolution scan of that spot. I didn't clean up the dust on that one. Anyone ever spot the structure before, or know what it was used for? I'm guessing it was used for site mapping/surveying.
  39. 2 points
  40. 2 points
    I did not realize she played the role of Babs in that Westinghouse film. Marjorie Lord certainly was a beautiful woman. I remember she had a wonderful lilt to her voice.
  41. 2 points
    Hi Everyone, I hoped to join a pre-existing thread but couldn't find one suitable. The VIP cocktail lounge was where we (as guides) would meet and greet before taking celebrities, dignitaries, journalists, politicians, and other special folks on tour. It had skylights so you could look straight up to the top of the bubble where the orange and white canopied parachutes floated. You could order anything and there was also a great chef in the kitchen preparing hors d'oeuvres. I've attached the booklet with an infinite list of complimentary cocktails, dominated by Seagram's who basically ran it. I took a photo of the one cocktail (cordial) glass that I've managed NOT to break. When Expo was over, the staff was invited to pillage the cocktail storage rooms. We were also invited to take a limited number of other exhibit items. I have a Raggedy Andy from that display on the whimsical first level. I hope you enjoy seeing the private side of the Expo experience. And I look forward to contributing more images, souvenirs, and memories as I explore boxes. Ok...now where were those.....? Sheri~
  42. 2 points
    I would love to have just five minutes, a huge wad of cash and a large bag in that place. Actually, I do have a several small Trylon and Perisphere souvenirs like the one this man is holding. I always look for them at flea markets and antique shows. Those photographs are so clear and crisp. And he was selling some cool things. Question: Those can't be fly strips hanging from the ceiling can they? I would like to think they're some sort of decoration or something but I think I know better.
  43. 2 points
    I have to agree with Eric, that the word "tomorrow" is mainly tied with the 1939-40 NYWF. Also for the most part is largely a depression era term. The 1964-65 NYWF was more about the immediate future that the earlier fair. This is what you can have now and this is what you'll have in a decade or two. My impression of visitors is they just enjoyed the fair and were not hit over the head by corporate America. That being said, the average American 50 years ago was not as savvy about advertising as we are today.
  44. 2 points
    "have been stuffed with a total of $5000 in real $100 and $20 pre-1964 bills" Wow, that's a lot. Do I get some change too, like real silver 1964 quarters? Don't dress me up in any goofy "latest 1964 fashion" please, Nehru jackets or whatever the fashion goofs were wearing. I dressed about the same back then as I do now, like a slob. And do try not to transmogrify me 5feet underground or 5 feet overground or 5 feet off to the side of that 2nd level on the NY State Pavilion, thanks. OK. I'm ready. I'm going to try to find myself driving my Glide-a-Ride, Not like this, OK?
  45. 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.
  46. 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!!
  47. 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!
  48. 2 points
    .We had a great day finishing the painting of the Pavillion, exept for touch ups. But the big part of the day came when we hung the NYSP sign which was designed and fabricated to Jim Browns specs. You have to to see it in person on the building to see its beauty. with the hard work of Mitch, Stephanie, Jim, Gary and Tom, and dedication speech by Jim The Pavillion was given new life.I am going to have a plaque made up of everyone who worked on and gave donations to this massive undertaking which bagan on Nov. of 2009 by Mitch and myself.So many people are now stopping and taking pictures and asking questions about the building.It has new liife And again i thank everyone who helped make this a reality..................Johnny................More pics to follow
  49. 2 points
    "FUN?" Boy you computer guys set the bar low don't ya? I think it would be more helpful for me to write a few words expressing my appreciation for specialbunny's post. That way she'll know that I took the time to put thoughts together rather than merely click a mouse. She'll know that I have a slow connection and viewing a 9 minute You Tube would take a devoted half hour to download even if my TMobile connection did not drop in the middle. Maybe in the future she or others would minimize their attachment size when possible. Not giving it a plus might be because a viewer could not download the video, not an editorial opinion. She'll know it's from me and from seeing me around the board will take my remarks with a grain of salt, at face value in good faith, or ignore them completely based on her own judgment. Guests to the board will gain a fuller understanding of the situation and think before they post or offer comment. Marc, I absolutely do agree that the reputation buttons can be useful and that I wallow in the luxury of a small universe. Yes, Mr. Addams.
  50. 2 points
    Sounds like a great time. If I'm in NY I will be there. Let me know if you need any photos for the event.