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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
    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.
  6. 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....
  7. 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.”
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 3 points
    The museum has invited me to participate in a NYWF event in September. I'll post details here when they're finalized.
  16. 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
  17. 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
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    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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 2 points
    Just restored from a vintage print.
  25. 2 points
    After visiting the NY Fair just 2 years before, I was quite anxious and excited to travel to another world's fair within driving distance of my home in Philadelphia. However, aside from the architectural beauty, gorgeous landscaping and scenic location of Expo 67, I was disappointed in the fact that they had no ride through pavilions, which were the highlight of my NY experience. Personally, I most enjoyed the big industrial buildings at NY and paid very little attention to the foreign countries. Maybe because I was only 21 years old at the time, but the technological wizardry is what did it for me. At Expo, the majority of the exhibitors were foreign nations, which although interesting, were no more than walk through small museum style exhibits highlighting their country's attributes. Sure Expo was big, beautiful and well presented. It just didn't have the jaw dropping technical flair that was so evident in New York.
  26. 2 points
    In addition to various outdoor attractions, Montana Pavilion contained several railroad cars, some devoted to a museum of significant treasures. I chose the museum. A Wurlitzer "Military Band" mechanical music player. The bass drum at right has suffered vandalism despite its poignant plea: "Please don't touch me." The device at the top appears to be a cymbal. The art of Frederick Remington and Charles Russell were on display, among others. The glass of the painting reflects another horse-and-rider sculpture just out of sight. Memorabilia of Wild Bill Hickock, Buffalo Bill Cody, etc. Montana fish, and fowl. That's a lot of gold dust and nuggets in this case (reportedly a million bucks worth, at 1960's prices).
  27. 2 points
    With all of its challenges and incredible problems, the decade of the 1960s was a remarkable time to come of age.
  28. 2 points
    There was no such thing as heating or cooling above ground. Obviously, below in the dressing rooms, PR lounge, and so forth, we were comfortable. I was devastated when of the fire. When I returned to Montreal, I was staying in Sherbrooke at a mandolin convention, and in the morning, I opened the curtains...and was shocked when I saw the dome in tact. I was sure I would see nothing. What a pleasant surprise when I took the first metro to the dome and found it as I remember it sans exhibits. It did feel completely different. I went up the stairs or took the elevator as I recall. Standing on the lunar platform was weird! That was off-limits whereas all the other exhibits were open to us and I would always go to the Hollywood floor and play on a golden, very out of tune piano. I usually played something from the era. 1920s style. It was so rinky-dink but I played everything I could remember and would spend an evening, after visitors and guides were gone. It was OK with security. My best memories were just meeting people while they cued in line--from all over the world. Chatting them up! keeping them happy with 3-4 hours waiting to get it. We were the most popular pavilion by far! We never had a short line except 20 minutes before we would close. As to what I recall the most, well, every day there was some dignitary, president of some African country, or the Shah of Iran and his wife, movie stars every day. I'd have to look at my autograph book but celebs would come in all the time. Certainly, being 2 ft. from Pres Johnson at the height of his popularity before the end of 67 changed everything. Lady Bird was like a human parrot in her emerald green coat and hawkish nose! Cary Grant came and denied ever saying "Judy, Judy, Judy!" He was lots of fun. Of course, I consider meeting Ralph Bunche and being his guide as one of the most cherished memories I still carry. (see above) The special U.S. day had every jazz, blues, classical musician on one stage--all day long! The talent was unbelievable! And being a guide, I meet just about everyone there. One of the other pleasures was being able to wear my uniform, and have all the doors opened to me. I never once stood in a line to see any exhibit. I would just walk up, smile, and the reciprocity took place. It was the same for allowing guides to visit U.S. Pavilion. Guides had very, very little time to wait in line. We all worked long, long hours and would go home exhausted. At least I did. My roommates partied but weren't bad. Let's see one roommate was a daughter of the Illinois Gov., others were related to senators or someone in Congress. I found out that quite a few got their jobs because of 'their daddy.' Why, there were siblings who talked about "Lestah" (Lester)! Why Lestah' said this blah blah blah! They were talking about GA's racist governor Lester Maddox. That's how they got their jobs! They knew Lestah! ;-) Neither guide could speak French so it wasn't from qualifying for the position, rather it was who they knew. That was true for others. Well, before I get into trouble...and one of my former roommates reads what I wrote, I better stop for now! ;-)
  29. 2 points
    Oh please oh please have more on this pavilion. Great rare shots! Excellent!
  30. 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!
  31. 2 points
    I have it for some of them, Jim, and will post a map soon that has a lot of that on it.
  32. 2 points
    A wonderful night view of the Tower of Light and General Electric from 1964. Click on it for a larger view.
  33. 2 points
    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.
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    It was often hard to get a good picture of the Ford Pavilion as it was just so big. Here's a view I made by pasting two shots together. The lady in the red coat shows up twice! Sometime in 1964.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 2 points
    Hi Everyone, let us raise our glasses, and give praise to the volunteers, some from this very site, that painted the bottom portion of the "Tent of Tomorrow". It was their effort, and love for this building, that brought all this attention for a need to restore this amazing structure to its former glory. The usual situation seems to be happening here, where an individual, or small group shows that something can be done. Next, the media arrives, and creates a human interest story. Following this, the public takes an interest, which forces the people in charge to show interest, and take part in a bigger way. I think many of the people that attended the fair, and visited the park in later years, thought, as did I, that I would not live long enough to see any effort made to bring the NY State Pavilion back to life. What is happening here has given me so much hope, I`m beginning to think, I might get to see the time capsules open. Again, thanks to the NY State Pavilion paint crew.!
  39. 2 points
    My Greyhound Escorter is done .... It is fully restored and driveable. A complete off the frame restoration, it's like brand new! Just putting the finishing touches on it. Thanks to the few that helped me and no thanks to those who never responded to emails or requests for photos. I will be "Showcasing" the Escorter in a HUGE way for ALL to see .... Details to follow soon! MIKE
  40. 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~
  41. 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
  42. 2 points
    I have the recordings and am working on a suitable permanent home.
  43. 2 points
    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
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    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
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    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
    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
  48. 2 points
    OMG this is so amazing how lucky that 1 out of the 2 pictures u posted is my dad. My father is the man dancing alone with 2 fireknives, the one you labeled as published by United Airlines. I can't THANK YOU enough we are so happy to have found even if its just this one photo we are so grateful to you, Faafetai faafetai tele lava!!! :D (Thank you very much in the Samoan language)
  49. 2 points
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  50. 2 points
    Hey Jason, Since the word "tour" seems to set off certain individuals who shall remain nameless, maybe you should just call it a gathering of Fair minded people who will walk the park together. Now that shouldn't get their undies in bunch now, right? Liz