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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. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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."
  4. Here's some very rare footage taken inside the Romanian pavilion's restaurant.
  5. 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.
  6. An aside is they were swimming in Lake Erie. Which at times was very challenging and cold.
  7. Wonderful 1st hand memories of the fair from a 92-year old. A very sweet story how the fair still lingers in memory.
  8. 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.
  9. Just uploaded by British Movietone is new footage of the Aquacade at the 1937 Great Lakes Exposition!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. I’ve been doing some intensive research on the running of the fair and discovered that all the restrooms, or as they called them “relief stations,” were pay toilets. Which was a considerable revenue source for the fair. Even getting 25% to 100% of monies from the “relief stations” at all the fair’s restaurants. Which leads to my question, does anyone know what it cost to use a toilet at the fair? A penny, a nickel? A dime and a quarter seem out of line for the time.
  13. Babs Middleton Has Died :-(

    I always hoped someone would interview her about the fair & film. I've not read her book which might have some content in it. Also I had no idea that Budd was with us and still involved in the film & TV world.
  14. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/13/nyregion/marjorie-lord-actress-on-emmy-winning-sitcom-dies-at-97.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YF594h8KUXw In 2012 the film, "The Middleton Family At The New York World's Fair" was added to the National Film Registry. Jimmy Lydon aka "Bud Middleton" is still alive and is 92.
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