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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 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.
  3. 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
  4. 3 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!
  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
  18. 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.
  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
    Coming late this year, just in time for the Christmas holidays: "The 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair: The World of Tomorrow." Now all I need to do is write it.
  24. 2 points
    Good times and bum times, I've seen them all and, Sunguar, I'm still here.....since September 10, 2000!
  25. 2 points
    Another celebrity sighting in a NYWF photo. "The blonde in this photograph is civil rights pioneer Edie Windsor. I just got an email back from one of her friends confirming it. Edie was an IBM executive. Edie was at the fair a lot. The woman feeding the giraffe is her wife Thea." Google turns some interesting stories about both women.
  26. 2 points
    Just restored from a vintage print.
  27. 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.
  28. 2 points
    Ever wonder what a luminaire looked like if you stared straight up at one? Wonder no more.
  29. 2 points
    To my surprise, an editor from Atlantic contacted me by email after I pointed out the error in the comments section of the article and it was corrected.
  30. 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).
  31. 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! ;-)
  32. 2 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 2 points
    Looking towards General Electric from the Tower of Light. I don't recall seeing this angle before.
  35. 2 points
    I absolutely, vividly recall walking out of the Churchill exhibit on a warm Labor Day evening in 1965 at about the same time we see in that photograph. It was warm, slightly humid and the sights, sounds and smells of the Fair were everywhere. It was still summer but there was that slight hint of the coming autumn. I cannot quite explain it but I remember it as if it happened yesterday. It was our last day at the Fair. I was also very aware, as we exited that building into the warm evening air, the the Fair was going to close and all that I could see around me was going to disappear.
  36. 2 points
    Life Magazine in January 1938 ran this aerial view of Fair construction.
  37. 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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    Go read about how they created the images on the floor at the London Olympics (I think it was London). It used dozens of coordinated, computer controlled projectors and they could shoot any image they wanted onto the arena floor without it being disturbed by the events happening on the floor. Fascinating. The terrazzo was astounding and the fact that they made so many changes between seasons is even more amazing! The man whose grandfather and father built the map told me that there had been plans to move it to the Time Life building in Manhattan.
  40. 2 points
    Tiffany, Many of the above answers lay out what you were looking for but I noticed a hole in what our members have provided. You noted that the structures were permanent and were torn down. The above answers refer to temporary structures. The truth is that they only appeared permanent. They were built with the understanding that they'd be torn down after the 2nd year. By establishing this, builders were allowed to leave things out that a permanent structure would be required to have. I do not have a list of the "short cuts" but, I think, they included proper fire protectant measures, proper footing to support the structure (a look at some of the walls of the New York State Pavilion show cracks due to settling that proper footing might've prevented) and other building code requirements. Hope all of this helps. It was a special place in an exciting time that we can only experience in our dreams, now but the memory lives on.
  41. 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
  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
    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
  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
    Storage compartment for Robert Moses' ego? Eric
  46. 2 points
    It is ironic that events which are designed to bring people together and celebrate diversity sometimes become so divisive. In 2013, it is unacceptable for the world to stand by when any group of people is targeted for persecution by any government and especially those which to host world events such as the Olympics or an exposition.
  47. 2 points
    It's a wonderful photograph--absolutely wonderful. That is what the Fair was: a place for fun and joy and you experienced both! Thank you for sharing this with us. I have several dozen photographs from my family's visit to the Fair. My father took virtually all of them. I was thirteen when we visited the Fair and he was not well and did not want to go but none of us knew why. He was a surgeon and did not share his health concerns with us but he agreed to go to the Fair. In any event, he died two months after our visit and I seldom looked at those photographs. But I remember on our last day we walked very close to the Unisphere and I wanted to stand right next to it and just see it up close. My mother told me we had to move along because my father was not feeling well, but I heard him tell her to let me go because it was important to me. A few months ago I was looking at those nearly fifty year old images and there is an up-close shot he took of the Unisphere and I am in the scene. He did not just photograph the Fair symbol; he photographed me. I never knew that. Holy crap, how cool is that?
  48. 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.
  49. 2 points
    September 6, 1963. A plumber was crushed to death when nine of the twelve steel supports of the New Jersey Pavilion collapsed. Two ironworkers were injured and twenty other men scrambled to safety when the "booms" crashed to the ground. The dead man was identified as Robert Giglio, 23 years old and the injured men were identified as Stephen Dutton, 26 and Allan Goodleaf, 22. The only murder commit at the fair was on May 23, 1965 when a 20-year-old Bronx dental technician Richard Kernik Yeterian, was fatally stabbed in an argument over a nickel. The stabbing took place on the Avenue of the States, between the golden teepee of Wisconsin and New Jersey's cluster of tents, about 12:50 am on a chilly night when most visitors had left. Two teen-aged boys, who were in a group of Brooklyn youngsters that sneaked onto the grounds in the back of a delivery truck, were charged with juvenile delinquency-homicide. Their names were not released; one was 14 and the other 15 years old. The truck driver Herbert Terry, 22 were charged with impairing the morals of minors. Edgar Esencio, 18 were booked on the same charge. He was the oldest of nine boys who crowded into the back of the truck. The others were between 10 and 15 years of age, and the police say Esencio supplied the two bottles of cheap wine that some of them had been drinking. According to the police, these are the events of the night; the truck was delivering paper bags to various fair pavilions, trucks are not allowed on the grounds before midnight. Mr. Yeterian had arrived at the fair at 9:30 PM and met three friends who worked at the fair. The police said that as the four passed the back of the truck, which was open someone called out, "Hey, you want a ride?" they jumped on the truck, which went about 10 feet when it stopped and everyone jumped to the street. One boy said, "You had a rid, Give us a nickel." There was an argument and the 15 year old put his arm around Mr. Yeterian's neck and the Bronx man said, "Let me alone, you punk." This is when the knife was driven into his chest. Esencio and the accused assailant fled on foot and the truck sped off. A 36-year-old demolition worker was killed at the fair when a 35-ton steel ring fell on him while he was helping to dismantle the porpoise show arena at the Florida Pavilion. He was identified as Slavoslub Vujich. The manager of the Florida Pavilion had a heart attack and died, and a man fell to his death from the pedestrian bridge at the main gate.
  50. 2 points
    Man, you literally don't miss an inch of this fair, do you, Bill? Unbelievable. I love it.