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Randy Treadway

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  1. Mystery Astronaut

    The Kodak at the Fair brochure includes this description: See and hear a robot astronaut demonstrate how microfilm can store 80 tons of reading matter in less than 90 pounds of film. Was this where the Recordak Who's Who on Your Birthday souvenirs were given away? In any case, can anybody confirm or refute whether this photo is that Kodak robot astronaut? Here's an example of the Recordak giveaway:
  2. Italian World's Fair

    A few weeks back there was mention once again of the World's Fair that Mussolini wanted to host in Rome in something like 1942, that never happened because the war broke out. While in Rome the last couple of weeks I saw something on the walking map that the hotel gave me, called the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, that had a large building or monument. It was very close to my hotel, so I thought I'd walk over there to check it out. Here are the pictures I took. It's a large fancy building, but the writing up at the top seems to indicate the year was 1882, if I remember my Roman numerals right. Does anybody know anything about a Esposizione di Belle Arti in Rome in 1882, during the reign of King Umberto I ?
  3. Photo of the Day

    Mastro Pizza patio area
  4. Gary, did you know that the skylight was manufactured by Super Sky Products in Wisconsin (they did the skylights at the Wisconsin Pavilion and the House of Good Taste too). ...AND.... the company still exists and is interested in helping with renovations! http://www.supersky.com/Category/Repair-Renovation?fbclid=IwAR1Z6TaTtfm1xsGc6qt7kyZsWucZkWtmcitM3yPnSD0dBwUSUcYsoFcKu1A
  5. More Mystery Photos

    Sadly, these are blurry so much of the wording on the displays is illegible. But where were these exhibits? At first glance I thought the center display must have a lot of moving parts (looking at all three photos), but then I noticed that the background displays are different, so these are likely 3 separate displays.
  6. Old TVs

    Wayne, this is for you. Today I was at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, and they had quite a collection of early TV's.
  7. Carousels

    Today I visited the Herschel Carrousel Factory Museum in North Tonawanda, NY, and discovered datasheets in their extensive archives regarding the two carousels at the '64-65 (one of which we knew continued on in Montreal). Current disposition on both was already known, but there is a lot of other information on these datasheets as well.
  8. Old TVs

    I don't know. None of them were operating when I was there.
  9. Picture of the Day

    July '65 Now we know what happened to Pinocchio's nose.
  10. Mystery Photo

    Your mission for the day (should you choose to accept it) is to tell us where the photographer was standing. There are several decent visual clues in the photograph. courtesy Dr. Lori Walters, University of Central Florida
  11. Magazine of the Day

    Today's magazine of the day is.... the Winter '64 issue of Models and Modelers World. It features several articles on the subject of the use of models in designing and building the World's Fair. Be forewarned- it's not very technically advanced, seemingly written for the pre-teen or teenager crowd. I've also included 'in the package' some other goodies like how a 12 year-old upset the competition and won a Thunderbird convertible on the Johnny Carson show- several years before he could legally drive it. Enjoy! P.S.- remember the Weirdo-Ohs ? http://randytreadway.com/Models.pdf 6 megs, so be patient....
  12. Magazine of the Day

    It's still there. http://randytreadway.com/Models.pdf
  13. Live From the World's Fair City - Here's Johnny!!

    We have nice color photos of Skitch visiting the restaurant at the New England Pavilion, and signing their guest book.
  14. Progressland model up for auction

    Interesting note that only 14 of these were made. Somewhere online there is video of the lights in action on one of these. That one was in auction 10 or 15 years ago and if I recall right went for something between $5k and $8k. But my memory is questionable these days because of the pain meds I'm on.

    Railing yes. Not sure about the spotlights.
  16. Misconceptions: The Unisphere and the Three Rings

    1955 stamp. Three rings.
  17. Turning back the clock - Part 4

    I didn't realize (or recall) that water jets came out the top.
  18. Some views of the Chrysler Turbine Car

    Jay owns one of the few surviving turbine cars.
  19. Some views of the Chrysler Turbine Car

    Here's the Chrysler turbine engine displayed at the Peterson Auto Museum in Los Angeles, next to one of the cars. I wonder if this engine could be the same that was on display at the World's Far in one of the above pictures?
  20. New Estate Slides From GM Futurama Exec

    That's probably why it's tagged OUT OF ORDER. LOL
  21. New Estate Slides From GM Futurama Exec

    Did you spot this awesome 7-Up machine in front of the DuPont Pavilion? Answers our recent question as to how IBM helped physically challenged people avoid having to climb steps to the People Wall.
  22. I bet you don't have this patch in your collection

    It doesn't detract from the subject- the attractive young Press Aide.
  23. I bet you don't have this patch in your collection

    I see yellow bleed on the left and right edges, so no doubt your memory is right Bill.
  24. Rare Disney concept art for Ford

    That second one is better than the real ride turned out! Reminds me a bit of the Eastern Airlines "speed tunnel" at Disney World in the 70's. Of course the car looks dated- more 50's than 60's with the tail fins and tons of chrome. By the way, I just heard that Disney didn't rip out the Speed Tunnel when the Eastern ride ended, but left it in place and designed subsequent rides *around the speed tunnel* ever since! Currently a feature in Space Ranger Spin. Nice to hear that they didn't destroy a good thing just because of its age.
  25. World's Fair Diary - TV Guide

    Critics of that time gave credence to artistic creativity, architectural noteworthiness.... in other words class system at it's New York fineness. The flip side is that they were downright snooty about anything the common man stood in long lines to see. (it couldn't be worthy of anything at all if the riff raff want to see it, implying that the riff raff has no concept of the "finer things"). Watch the panelists on What's My Line or To Tell the Truth 60's game shows- classic upper crust. Thank goodness that hoity toidiness has broken down a great deal in the decades since.