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About molassesonassis

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    In Grover We Trust
  • Birthday 07/14/1971

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    The Fly Over
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    The 1939-40 New York World's Fair, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Mid-Century Design, Charles & Ray Eames, 8mm & 16mm Home Movies, Expo 67, Pontiac (PMD) 1967-1969

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  1. Inside the Pilgrim Glass Shop at West Virginia

    That's a beautiful shot!! We're so over run with the tacky-tacky official souvenirs that one forgets there was really nice things to take home from the fair. My mom & grandparents came back with two Hummels and a VitaMix and 8 yards of embroidered silk.
  2. Atomium May 2019

    My buddy is in Belgium this week and stopped by the Atomium. She got some nice shots of their world's fair display. Thought you might enjoy seeing them.
  3. Happy 80th Anniversary 1939 New York World's Fair!!!

    First for me would have been the Trylon & Perisphere itself, then Dali's Dream of Venus and then eat at Hungarian Pavilion's restaurant. Oft forgotten about the 1939 fair was the exquisite restaurants, it was a first in America to have such a variety food. The best remembered eateries were the French Pavilion, Romanian Pavilion, Hungarian Pavilion, Polish Pavilion and Borden's. Because of the war many of the restaurants migrated into Manhattan after the fair and sparked NYC's post war dining scene. A fact that amuses me is the one major pavilion restaurant to lose money was Italy. In the 1939 season they lost $250,000. I would assume it was due to the plethora of Italian restaurants already in the city, there was no exotic nature to it. In fact Italy was so angry they almost did not return for the 1940 season.
  4. Please do me a favor

    What he said.
  5. Having grown up in the Greater Cleveland area as well, I concur about Lake Erie not being a "great lake." Even now there are high pollution days when one can't swim in the water. For boating its wonderful, just don't get in it. LOL
  6. 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.
  7. At the two 1939 fairs it was a different show (redone, reworked) and much bigger. Don't know if anyone knows but the 1937 Aquacade at the Great Lakes Exposition is portrayed in Barbra Streisand's 1975 film "Funny Lady."
  8. Here's some very rare footage taken inside the Romanian pavilion's restaurant.
  9. Are these worth it?

    There defiantly is a demand for View Masters that are architectual in nature. I've never not sold any I've ever listed on Ebay or ETSY.
  10. An aside is they were swimming in Lake Erie. Which at times was very challenging and cold.
  11. Wonderful 1st hand memories of the fair from a 92-year old. A very sweet story how the fair still lingers in memory.
  12. There are windows adjacent to the climber. Appears to be a skylight in the ceiling and possibly the stars on the ceiling light up. Sun Valley is a possibility as is Switzerland.
  13. Just uploaded by British Movietone is new footage of the Aquacade at the 1937 Great Lakes Exposition!
  14. A sad picture indeed

    Demolition timings were built into every building contract before the each building was built. There was a timeline to have the park cleared of fair structures. Between the 1939 and the 1940 season the board of directors was crazed about getting the foreign participants resigned. No two season agreements were made as it was uncertain if the fair would continue into 1940 and many pavilions, including Poland, Italy and Great Britian were days from being demolished before they resigned.
  15. Italian World's Fair

    Just learned that the United States' participation in the 1942 Rome Exposition was contingent on Italy agreeing to participate in the 1940 season of the New York World's Fair. They did not want to continue into the 1940 season because the pavilion's restaurant lost $250,000 during the 1939 season. Not entirely surprising since Italian food was everywhere in NYC and the more exotic food of Hungary & Rumania & France etc. were a great draw.