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  1. 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!
  2. 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!
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    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.
  4. 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.
  5. 2 points
    My father-in-law is 91 and still remembers it vividly.
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    For the fun of it, I have been trying to locate the viewpoint for "The Trylon and Perisphere seen in the distance from Manhattan. (Photo by © Photo Collection Alexander Alland, Sr./CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)" My best guess is that the rock in the river is Belmont Island, and everything else you see on the riverbanks was demolished since.
  7. 2 points
    Finally! It took longer that most world's fairs take from conception to demoilition, but the NY WF Christian Science Pavilion skylight is finally up! Some finishing touches and night lighting still need to be worked on, but am very pleased. A garden will be added around it this spring, but am hoping to do some seasonal and holiday lighting with it this year.
  8. 2 points
    Does anyone else look at Hawaii and see cooling towers?
  9. 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.
  10. 2 points
    My family waited for quite a few pavilion attractions and this was one of therm. I agree some, today, might not elect to wait for an attraction like this, but in 1965, we sure did. It wasn't even open for discussion. GE was a highly regarded company and its pavilion won all sorts of praise, if not from official critics, it did come from the millions of regular folks who visited the Fair. And the GE presentation was novel and remarkably creative for 1965. We didn't have personal computers and most didn't even have color television yet. So a demonstration like the Carousel of Progress where the audience moved around the presentation which used robotic creations that seemed so life like was a wonder of that era. The entire Fair was filled with such wonders and it was our great good fortune that we all stood in long lines and waited to get in. Those lines were a testament to the marvels inside and they have allowed me a lifetime of happy memories.
  11. 2 points
    The Twilight Zone... Maybe that is Global 33, the jet liner on route from London to NYC in 1961 that broke the sound and time barrier and found itself lost over New York City in 1939 with the world's fair below them . If "you hear the sound of jet engines flyings atop the overcast--engines that sound searching and lost--engines that sound desperate--shoot up a flare or do something. That would be Global 33 trying to get home--from The Twilight Zone." --Rod Serling, February 24, 1961 (episode 54)
  12. 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:
  13. 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!
  14. 2 points
    When I was a teenager, back in the 1980s (gasp!), I met a hand full of folks that worked at the Great Lakes Exposition including a lovely lady who was a swimmer in the Aquacade. She said it was quite awful swimming in the lake, particularly towards the end of the expo. It got to the point where they coated themself with a Vaseline type substance to ward off the cold.
  15. 2 points
    That water looks to be brutally cold. Buster Crabbe replaced Johnny Weissmuller in NY in 1939 and Gertrude Ederle joined the swimmers in 1939. As a total aside, TCM ran the film Sunday In New York a few weeks ago. Filmed on location in NYC in 1963, it stars Jane Fonda, Rod Taylor and Cliff Robertson. Simply because of the date the movie was created, I wondered if I might spot something, anything, that would make reference to the upcoming 1964 NYWF. And I did find something. On Fifth Avenue in front of the mezzanine one leading to the ice rink at Rockefeller Center, a NYC metro bus stops to either take on or discharge Fonda and Taylor. There, on the front of the bus is an advertisement for The 1964 New York World's Fair. I had been watching the, advertising cards inside of the various bus scenes but could not spot a Fair reference and then I spotted the advertising card on the front of the bus. It's a small find, I realize, but it made my day.
  16. 2 points
    Welcome back, Glen. You're one of many friends I've made here-- and I'm very grateful for that. I will say one thing about the Facebook groups I'm a part of that are devoted to various Fairs and Expos-- I often find them frustratingly full of incorrect information. I think that's one of the things that first drew me to this website many moons ago. The members here don't just share a common interest in World's Fairs-- many of them have an extremely impressive level of knowledge about their history, planning, construction, exhibits, social impact, demolition, and legacies. In fact, it's hard to name a major World's Fair or Expo that you can't do some kind of deep dive research here on the WFC thanks to the thousands of posts and photos our members have made. Even after the numerous board crashes that unfortunately deleted links and pictures in the past (which may have been a contributing factor in forcing some of its early members to exit)-- in my opinion, this website still remains a preeminent source of factual information on the World's Fairs and Expos of yesterday and today.
  17. 2 points
    I found all the passports for our whole family in my vault.I was so relentless with getting mine stamped they had to issue my passport 2 times.... Every page jam packed. The UK stamp was unique on the queen birthday June 10th , 1967. That day only the stamp was issued with real gold . I know as I had it tested and they used gold laden ink..To this day it still shines bright inside my passport.
  18. 2 points
    Considering the way people drive cars on land, we may have dodged a bullet by not getting jetpacks and flying cars.
  19. 2 points
    It's Birds Eye Awake "frozen concentrate for orange-flavored breakfast drink."
  20. 2 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.
  21. 1 point
    Newly restored 35mm slide. I am working on a Fair calendar for 2020 - anyone interested in one of aerial views?
  22. 1 point
    Copied from Twitter... One of the legendary "Dreyfuss Hudsons" (J-3a), which powered the original version of New York Central's streamlined "20th Century Limited." The locomotive is seen here on display at the New York World's Fair in 1939. Photo colorized by Patty Allison. Tweeted by: https://www.american-rails.com/
  23. 1 point
    OK, I will work on getting them on my site - will aim for it sometime this week.
  24. 1 point
    Thanks for the post, Jim. The successor to Expo 67 was not even a good metaphor. A sad incarnation with little in the way of genetic traits from Expo. And by 1976, as I recall it was all about the Olympics. You're right about how it "taxed" everyone's enthusiasm for yet another invasion. When I last inhaled the beauty of Expo 67 was October 2008, it still blew me away. The raggedy ol' Bucky dome left me in tears but I relieved a year of my life as a guide there and couldn't have been more proud of its contribution timproving the environment.
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  27. 1 point
    With the sun at that height, it was maybe 10 or 15 minutes before sunset, everything was lit at about 2.4 degrees, so there would be very little light directly on the ground (4% of mid-day, even if it was clear). Plus, most areas would be completely shaded by the buildings. It's still surprizing how dark it is.
  28. 1 point
    Newly restored Instamatic 126 format slide from my collection.
  29. 1 point
    Eric, you’re absolutely right. I’m just so completely used to the media treating me like a piñata that I hold my nose and pinch media links between my thumb and forefinger at arm’s length when pasting to PTU. I think Ben Rhodes’ quote holds up... “The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns… They literally know nothing.”
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    I love the light! Start selling them and I'll buy one! Or more. I went to the event at the Stewart Museum and enjoyed it. Do you know Roger La Roche? He's a member here and on the Facebook group. He worked very hard on that and a number of other exhibits. He even convinced a museum to host me for a book signing! We were in Montreal for a few days then and enjoyed it, as always, and were able to spend some time walking the old Expo site. We're hoping to get back that way this Fall. Can I pick up my light then?
  32. 1 point
    Part of the General Motors concept car area. June 4, 1964. Restored original negative.
  33. 1 point
    I am planning on deleting the Facebook module that provides user authentication using a Facebook ID/Password instead of one created for this board, due to a few things that have popped up. As far as I can tell no one is currently using it. If that's not the case please let me know. Thanks Bill
  34. 1 point
    Send me a list of what you need and I will be more than glad to send them to you. No need to note me as the source on each photos; as suggested, a general thanks to the contributors at the end would be just fine with me. I think it's a great project and would be glad to help.
  35. 1 point
    Don't forget the moving sidewalk, also in Satellite City.
  36. 1 point
    Sorry to hear about your mom, but welcome to the site. 7-Up was my favorite place for lunch when I visited as a starving student in 1965. It is always interesting to find some connection to people who worked at the fair, of which he have far too few, in my opinion. I hope in the process of solving your problem you will have some time to tell us more about your parents and their times working at the Fair.
  37. 1 point
    I, too, often come to the site and enjoy all the posts. I don’t comment much, but, like T.V.’s Mr Ed, I don’t speak unless I have something to say. One thing I do have to say is how much I appreciate the site and am so happy to have it here! I do find that the ardent passion has transformed, for me, to a happy, comfortable, warmth. I stopped collecting NYWF items about a decade ago, when I acquired the Christian Science pavilion skylight that is now being reconstructed in my back yard (news on that as it happens – right now it’s a replacement glass and gasket supply question), but that has reinvigorated my passion, but on a different level. Likewise, I spend most of my late fall through spring evenings in my basement, where I am surrounded by my collection, among other things, which gives me the warm fuzzies, if not the mind bending, heart thumping exhilaration I used to feel when approaching the main entrance gate in 64/65. (I use to HAVE to jump up and down while run-walking to the gate, such was my excitement – ah, to recapture that !) Now I am still given gifts all the time by folks (both friends and strangers) who know of and appreciate, if not share, my passion and interest. And as it happens, one of the most wonderful gifts I have ever received is one I got this Christmas, a present from a very excellent watercolorist friend, who has created a gorgeous, impressionistic watercolor of the Tower of Light to accompany my Uncle Ben figure. I share it here because , among other things, this is the community that appreciates and understands how significant these things are, if not to the world, at least to us. And I do have this to say – thanks to everyone involved in the site, from moderators to posters and lurkers like myself. You have certainly made my last 18 years better, more interesting and entertaining and fulfilling.
  38. 1 point
    I took this shot during the SiP on June 22, 2008 and foolishly didn't label it. Any one know what it is?
  39. 1 point
    A good question. Some seemed to have drifted away from the Fair scene, and some others pop up now and then on Facebook. I believe RayinPasa was also Ray Dashner. Marc Williams, who founded this board, is busy with work and a host of other things. Wish I knew more about why the others are gone. Maybe I'll drop them a note and ask when I get done with a project I'm buried with at the moment.
  40. 1 point
    Vrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr......(deep breath)....rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
  41. 1 point
    Good lord I need a trigger warning! I assume there was some kind of restraint to keep riders seated, but even so, you can see there's nothing but down under your feet. Wonder if they stopped the ride for rain or lightning. Being 1967 I can't guess but these days I assume they'd provide a grief counselor for each car. Ah! On reviewing the opening post photo I can see it shows the entire length of that outside transit as the track enters the red tower for the vertical descent.
  42. 1 point
    I'm (hopefully) done traveling and will see what I can do about the broken links, Wayne.
  43. 1 point
    I remember when I was very young when asking my older brother what that stature was, he told me it was the abominable snow man. I believed it. I also remember when I was in the 3rd or 4th grade there might have been a copy of that statue, or one much like it in the same style, in the QMA on the second floor on a class trip there for arts and crafts.
  44. 1 point
    In our minds, we all visualize huge tie-ins with the early 60's Jetsons TV show, and the 1964-65 New York World's Fair... especially with architecture. There is at least one real-world tie-in, years later The voice of Judy Jetson, Janet Waldo, also provided the voice for Grandmother on the Carousel of Progress when Disney re-recorded it in 1994. At the World's Fair, the voice had been provided by Peggy Stewart. Of course, Seattle's Century 21 World's Fair likes to claim a Jetsons heritage too.
  45. 1 point
    I do have the United Nations Pavilion on my site: http://www.worldsfairphotos.com/nywf64/sierra-leone.htm Perhaps Bill Young will see this thread and add it to his. Here's the menu Randy mentioned: Now the question is - did the price of tuna go up or down? And I do remember they gave away a lot of UN literature there. I still have some of it, all dull stuff about UN programs but it was free, so of interest to a landfill collector with no money.
  46. 1 point
    Pretty boring. My guess would be the Industrial Section. It would be interesting to create a photo listing of all the NYWF 64-65 pavilions that were planned but never built i.e. The World of Food, Argus, the original Pavilion of France, the Soviet Union, etc. I know several have appeared in various places on this forum through the years but it would be nice to have them in one place for reference.
  47. 1 point
    How rude of the guy to block the photograph to begin with- serves him right to get erased 45 years later! I don't mess with people much, but I'm always tempted to attack those oil spots on asphalt with the clone brush, as well as things like bubble gum stuck on the asphalt, dropped chewing gum wrappers, cigarette butts, etc. :D Historically inaccurate to make everything cleaner and more pristine than it really was, but I sometimes end up compromising the historical accuracy argument with a mental tradeoff that in order to get rid of the scratches and mold on the emulsion, in so doing the cigarette butt just happened to disappear too. LOL
  48. 1 point
    IMHO, had they covered the Terrazzo with dirt back in let's say 1985 when the floor was still mostly solid, this might have preserved it for the future. But now, where the floor is crumbled apart in mass quantities and the plywood underneath being rotted, the dirt plan is more of a funeral than a preservation tactic. Once the dirt gets wet from the rain, mass quantities of mud will seep into the cracks and accelerate the crumbling and rotting.It saddens me deeply to be writing this, but I am being realistic.I respect the hard work that the University did in preserving those select squares, but preservation would be a more appropriate word than restoration. In addition, the squares that they did work on were the ones that were in halfway decent shape. A large portion of the map doesn't even exist anymore, leaving nothing to preserve or restore. It reminds me of when I lost my hearing at the age of 21, and was told that hearing aids will "restore" my hearing. Having had very good hearing right up until I lost it, I can rightfully say that hearing aids did not restore anything. They supply me with a workable ghost of what normal hearing was to me at one time. Nothing can restore my hearing to what it was. And nothing can restore that floor to what it was either. Mother Nature has been munching on that floor for over 30 years now. If anything is to be done to restore the TOT with a new roof, the floor and mezzanine would certainly have to be removed anyway in order to make that possible. I apologize if this post seems pessimistic. I don't mean it to be. Being homeless for the past 2 weeks has given me a profoundly broadened perspective on life and human nature. The paralells that I see between my own pain and that of the NYSP are quite unsettling,at times overwhelming. Have no doubt that I love the NYSP dearly. I have shed tears when looking at some of the pictures posted here. Even more heartbreaking than the condition the NYSP is in is the fact that people who have and always have had the means of restoring the NYSP into the cultural venue that it was meant to be.....choose to turn a blind eye. Just leave it for dead. Ignore it and it will go away. Make flimsy excuses, blame everyone else, pretend to be interested when it is convenient, but do absolutely nothing to save it.
  49. 1 point
    IF YOUR GONNA POST THIS, I RATHER YOU POST NOTHING AT ALL. My father had something special once. He died and it was lost forever. and no one cared. sincerely Vladimir Obviously I don't like a giant watermark either. This is not e-bay, where it is evident someone wants to earn a buck. As time goes by,,, there will be very few people alive from that wonderful fair and it will not be very special anymore.
  50. 1 point
    I'm sorry but that "Alice" looks like a guy dressed in drag.