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  1. 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.
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    Thanks - very nice All the photos in those links that include people (and others I find on line) seem to be of events filled with dignitaries and few or none with regular fair goers. Wiki says the attendance was 3 million. Does anyone know the actual situation due to the war?
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    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.
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    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.
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    Does anyone else look at Hawaii and see cooling towers?
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    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.
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    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.
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    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)
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    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:
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
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    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.
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    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.
  16. 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.
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    Larry, a million thanks for all of the memories of the Fair you've shared with us! They are always fun, interesting, entertaining. They are exactly the stuff that the Bulletin Board was intended for. Please, keep 'em coming! Bill
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    You know, I saw the same guy in Caesar’s Palace in Vegas in the fall of 2008 or 2009 or was it 2017? He would not recognize me but I recognized him from pics in PTU. He was w a jovial bunch of people in Forum Shops and I didn’t want to intrude. Maybe it was contestant in Trey Callaway look alike contest. Always wondered though. Trolling for invite to see his T&P model. Trey interviewed about Manhattanhenge ep of CSI, and NICE shot of a Life Magazine open to the undersea diorama of Futurama, in this 2017 Underground Home story: https://gothamist.com/arts-entertainment/is-the-1960s-worlds-fair-underground-home-still-there-an-investigation
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    While industry plays a large role in the great expositions, I don't think that equates them with the concept of a trade fair. The greatest fairs attracted significant international participation. Trade fairs remind me of that so-called "Kitchen Debate" when Vice President Nixon had an impromptu debate with Soviet Premier Khrushchev in Moscow in 1959. They debated who made the most and best appliances and machinery at a Moscow Trade Fair full of displays of that stuff. They stood in a model kitchen and argued about refrigerators and ovens. That's quite different from an event that hosts significant numbers of nation states highlighting their history, culture, political systems, future goals and achievements. The 1939 NYWF was no trade fair. It really was an international exposition with sixty nations participating in some significant form.
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    The info I found indicates this was an exposition where only Portuguese colonies and independent Brazil were invited to participate. The info also stated that the 1940 NYWF was a “trade fair.” Well, that’s what the internet site said but I don’t believe it!!!
  21. 1 point
    It looks like it was about 4 city blocks long.
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    They did. See Light Magazine posted in the following thread: http://www.worldsfaircommunity.org/topic/17333-lighting-at-the-fair/?tab=comments#comment-121336
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    That's a great family heirloom! Thanks for sharing it with us.
  25. 1 point
    Way back on Page 3 of this thread, in 2010, Randy Treadway posted a shot of this figure in the Kodak pavilion. I just spent WAY too much time restoring another copy of the slide - lots of surface damage - and thought I should do something with it, so here he is!
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    Newly restored 35mm slide from my collection. The Seattle Servicemen's Center is just visible on the lower left.
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    Glad to have you here, Trey!!
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    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.
  30. 1 point
    After staring at the the shirt on the guy in the foreground, I want a pack of Fruit Stripe gum for some reason.
  31. 1 point
    A quick search says that today's Columbia Gas of Massachusetts is the former Bay State Gas Company and they supply retail natural gas.
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    Just a name change on the outside to "Demonstration Center".
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    It looks lik eit may have been a display of coin operated banks, the small rectangular ones that counted how many dimes you had put in (if I am remembering them correctly).
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    An interesting shot of of one of the Serpentine Phone Booths, with two women in modern dress and one in a kimono. For the folks trying to restore the booth it shows the phones had white handsets. June 1964. Newly restored 35mm slide from my collection.
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    I would have taken more than one picture for sure!!
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    Newly restored 35mm slide from my collection.
  38. 1 point
    I rememeber arriving at the Fair on our second day in early September of 1965. I also remember standing on that platform that night as we departed and looking back trying to absorb every shape and every color. I wanted to remember the view of the Fair forever. So far, I have.
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    Undated restored 35mm slide.
  40. 1 point
    My parents loved it. It's the 55th anniversary of the opening of my Fair. Yikes how did that happen? It doesn't seem that long ago to me. I remember opening day.
  41. 1 point
    Nighttime. Fair. Fireworks. Fountains. You really don't have to say anything else.
  42. 1 point
    Nice images reminds me of St Louis 1904. Thanks for posting.
  43. 1 point
    All good catches, Randy. It was the yellow General Foods arches that really caught my eye. I don't know if that's just a primer coat, or if they first tried them in yellow and then changed to white. I bet painting them in place was quite a challenge, so if the yellow was primer, I'm surprised they didn't do the white coat before erecting them.
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    I think that book would have been quite a good value indeed, Wayne. After all, it had tickets for the Mississippi Riverboat and American Indian Village. Perhaps they were hidden away in some remote corner of the Fair.
  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.
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    The shooting took place just seconds after JFK's automobile turned into Dealy Plaza at 12:30 PM CST. The news of his death was announced at 1:33 PM CST. Millions knew of the shooting almost immediately after it had happened so the nation was coming to an almost complete standstill before the awful news that he had died. I would say that JFK's death was the most shocking single moment of my life. And that includes personal and family crises. That day was surreal even for a very young kid.
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    In 1938 Max Fleischer made an interesting cartoon entitled <a href=" " target="_blank">All's Fair at the Fair</a>. A hayseed couple visits the fair as Fleischer imagined it. There are lots of robots, but no sign of Elektro.
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    I stopped wearing them when the airport metal detectors were set for "stun". What is that hat just to the left of him? Looks like a replica fo the GE pavilion roof.
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    It's interesting to compare the two photos that started this thread. It looks to me like the lighting system was turned off while the workers were installing a new picture (I guess kind of like installing wallpaper!- weren't they printed in large strips?) The workers might have 'cooked' had the lights been turned on while they were up their working! Anyway, once the lights were turned back on, take a look at the other photo. As explained in the technical article that da'Bench pointed to, the pigments and paper were specially made to produce extremely high reflective properties when hit with the right kind of bright lights - using VERY high wattage, which was adjustable for different ambient light situations (cloudy day, bright day, night, etc.) It made the photos practically 'pop off the screen' to the naked eye. As a kid visiting the Fair, those photos were simply overwhelming- I'd never seen anything like it- and I probably never have since. Bill's photos (and some others on his CD's) of the Kodak Pavilion are excellent, but I don't think ANY 35mm (or other) film could capture and successfully reproduce the effect that these large viewing screens were able to produce in person. Randy