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  1. Sigh...and I got a rock. My collection is filled with the easy stuff, the cheaper stuff, the more common things. With just a few harder to find items. I'd love to have any of the things that many of you do. ...but, none the less, I love my things. Even if they are just things. They are evocative of wonderful memories, and a wonderful place. They mean something to me because I've endowed them with my feelings, my reactions, to all that is wonderful about the fair. Transformed by that feeling they gain worth. My favorite of all my things is probably the least expensive, and one of the most common. A little post card book. Free to me as it was my grandmothers. She, gave it to me. She, loved me. I loved her. She and the fair, there in a broken bit of color. The bits of post cards sit, proudly, on my shelf. ...and I will agree, heartily, that what is worth the most in all is feeling. Feeling something given by those who care, who love, who share. Something given by those on this board.

    Holy Moley!! A Worlds Fair get together that I might actually be able to get to? I'm in! Yes, my sister and I did, eventually, re locate to Florida. She, after a short stay, decided to move back to MI, but I remain in the land of sunshine and giant rodents. I'd, most certainly, if it is at all possible, be interested in a SIP (maybe a theme P, if anyone is thinking that way) or other such get together. ...and in regard to the mold a rama...it is shinny-er. It's also incredibly brittle. After posting, here, last night; I saw a reference that Marc made to his Henry Ford mold a rama plunder. His waxy goodness crumbling over a season. I wouldn't blame the cold for that...it's as if the toys molecularity is that of a stack of cards in a strong breeze. The mold a rama toys are, now, doomed to fall apart at any second. There is some smell...but not that heavy scent that is reminiscent of melted crayon. I had actually sniffed the toys...a foolish thing, one that I truly had to explain to my companion...but the scent, was, a part of it all. After putting in the quarters; I anticipated one scent of childhood. It, isn't, there, anymore. Mold a ramas are still wonderfully nostalgic looking. They evoke a nostalgic feeling from me. I'll always put in a few quarters and be happy with the result...but like so many things, the experience with them has changed. Thank you so much for responding!

    It's a wee bit off topic but: Recently a friend and I indulged in the joys of mold a rama goodness. This at the Central Florida Zoo. A place with several mold a rama machines. As a nostalgic soul, fair fan, and lover of instant toys made of hot wax: I couldn't pass up purchasing a few small, plastic, animals. It seemed to me with those purchases, and those I've made at the Henry Ford in MI: that the current plastic used in the machines produces a much thinner shell. Something, I've learned, crumbles very easily. The fair dino's (of which, like many of you, I have a few) seem of thicker stuff and seem more durable. Is this my imagination? Has the years of dust on my fair dino's somehow accumulated so thick as to make a thicker shell? Simply wondering as to differences between today's mold a rama models and yesterdays (including those of the fair) ...and, Randy that Vatican mold a rama is extraordinary. Although, like any child, I'd have gravitated to dinosaurs, the catholic school child in me might have thought a tiny vatican pavilion a worthy souvenir. (and it's remarkable my grandmother didn't think in the same way. She, brought home a candle shaped like the Pieta.)
  4. irradiated dimes

    I truly hate to post this. I feel very stupid. I apparently care less about being perceived as dull witted, however, and more about my level of curiosity. I often see irradiated dimes from the fair offered for sale on ebay. What was the purpose of exposing dimes to radiation? How were the dimes exposed to the radiation? Would the dimes, to this day, retain any level of radiation? Thank you for putting up with these questions.
  5. In honor of last nights win: I've been trying my best to find some sort of confirmable fair reference to the Boston Red Sox. The best I can do for now: richard Radatz, of the Boston Red Sox, threw in the 1964 All Star Game. The All Star game was held in Shea Stadium. Shea was built in conjunction with the 1964-65 world fair. One could, and many did, watch the all star game at the Singer bowl in the New York worlds fair. (Frank Malzone and Eddie Bressoud, Red Sox both, were also a part of that game.) Yes, it's a rather pathetic and distant link to the fair, but, a link none the less. (Let's not get into that other Shea Red Sox link. 86 was so far after the fair, after all.
  6. This has nothing to do with the fair, but I thought it was fun. I wanted to share it with my PTU brethren. If your just sitting at your computer with not much to do; try this: Lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles (that's to the right....). Now, while doing this, draw the number "6" in the air with your right hand. Your foot will change direction. Want to calculate exactly how much younger or older you are than well known people? check out: <a href="http://www.frontiernet.net/%7Ecdm/age1.html" target="_blank">http://www.frontiernet.net/%7Ecdm/age1.html</a> It will also tell you how old you were when certain famous/infamous events occurred. Odd sort of things to occupy the mind ever so briefly.
  7. What is this?

    To all those that know fair collectables: What is this thing? <a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3614808733&category=4169" target="_blank">http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...3&category=4169</a>
  8. It's as if everyone felt as if they had license to destroy. Most people must have thought "well it's all going to be leveled tomorrow." True, but didn't any of these people grasp that some pavillion owners (or the city) might want to save something from the fair? Didn't they realize that some of what was there might be slated to be used later, somehow? I know I'd be tempted to take a memento. Something that, clearly, wasn't going to be used again. I wouldn't be immune to that. It's just that I can't conceive of destroying anything. (I think I'd also still be prone to asking permission from someone before I took anything. ) The last day seems like such public bedlam. What a shame that the remaining buildings never fully filled their planned purpose.
  9. Tickets

    Most of the time these tickets are offered with other items. I presume that by combining items the seller is hoping for a higher overall profit. I often see these tickets with fair guide books. Chairman is right. It's a wonderful collectible, though. Holding one can't help but make you feel the anticipation of the fair, and all that might await you.
  10. SiP Feb 18, 07 pictures

    Thank you for sharing your memories and photos. I would love to attend one of these SIP's (I'd love a weekend. Tour the grounds, "do" the museum, and then have a picnic. Next day, Mets!). I hope I can someday. When I go though, I'll hope for warmer weather than you had. Your brave souls.
  11. GROUP PHOTO SiP Feb 18th 2007 :)

    Thank you! I hope I can attend one of these someday!
  12. I, did get to ride It's a small world as a child. It is one of those world fair memories I never forgot. (As opposed to those memories which were re kindled by PTU.) I think I remember everything about that ride. I was absolutely amazed by it. Riding the Florida version, many moons later: was almost as wondrous an experience. (Even though it did take a very long time to get that song out of my mind!) As a side note: While visiting It's a small world at the fair; I remember my father walking up to a man in a suit and shaking his hand. "Who was that man, Daddy?" I remember asking. "Walt Disney" He replied. For decades I believed him. Finding anything or anyone at that fair seemed possible.
  13. Where is it?

    The rumor was that Disney wanted it shipped to Anaheim, but balked at the cost. Thus it was destroyed, and maybe, dumped quite near by. Quite the shame, it was a wondrous thing. Just about anything there is to do with the fair can be found at the superb nywf64.com, including "where are they now's."
  14. Chrysanthemums

    Oh, and I've contacted the still existing company about their roses! You know, I just may do this.
  15. Chrysanthemums

    What a wonderful idea!!! I could plant the "relatives" of the NYWF Roses. At last a world fair legacy I can own....sort of. I wanted to plant more roses this year! ...and I do love roses, not just for names sake! You know, I've got to look into this! (...and the catalog is in my price range, too.)
  16. Ford Badge

    Hmmm.....Michigan you say?
  17. They Want How Much?!

    Wow! That's beautiful....and very, very expensive. I'm very glad to see that some part of the sale will go to a worthy charity.
  18. Interesting Item,, what is it ? NY 1939

    You did very well with that auction. Congratulations! Thank you, also, for introducing us all to the piece. I'll keep looking for whatever it may have been attached to. Like Scotland Yard: I'll never give up! Consider sticking around, FMG: you may enjoy learning more, and sharing more, about the fairs.
  19. Interesting Item,, what is it ? NY 1939

    Regret nothing. I'm sure it found a good new home. Hopefully you profited from the experience in numerous ways. I do hope the person who won the auction knows where this piece came from.
  20. Anyone seen these before?

    Thank you Bill. I appreciate that. I have a great love of the small parks, too. In so many ways their size and simplicity allowed for an intimacy that just can't be duplicated now. One could absorb them, their experience, and they still retained their wonder. I really miss Lincoln park, and (although to a lessor degree) Rocky Point, Crescent Park, and the many other small amusement areas that I grew up with. I know how you must feel about Betrands Island, Bill.
  21. Sinclair Dinoland

    I just finished reading, looking, and listening to this wonderful addition to nywf64.com. When my thoughts didn't take me back millions of years: they took me back 42. The Sinclair exhibit was one of the highlights of the fair for me. It's one of the moments of my visit I still remember close to vividly. As a child I was awed by the dino's, and I don't think I stopped talking about my experience at the exhibit for years afterwards. I was always telling school friends of it, and always mentioning it whenever my parents drove by a Sinclair gas station. (Lucky for them, there was only one in our home town!) The exhibit spurred on my interest in archeology and history, it helped me look enthusiastically toward those subjects in school. I loved the exhibit, and I loved this feature. The addition of audio was wonderful, and I especially enjoyed scanning the photos while listening to the narration. Thank you very much Bill. Your website is amazing and a wonderful, wonderful resource. It comes second only to visiting the fair itself. Great job!
  22. Anyone seen these before?

    Thank you for offering to look for photos of the park, Bill. I very much appreciate it. I would, most certainly, be interested in any that might pop up in your collection of vintage photos. The place was a small regional amusement area called Lincoln Park. It was located on the border of Fall River, MA and N. Dartmouth, MA. (Sometimes it's also listed as "outside New Bedford, MA") It started, as so many amusement parks did, as a trolley destination. It grew, to include a very popular ballroom, roller skating rink, bowling alley, and (for the time) "modern" amusement rides. There was the "pavillion" where "world famous" clam cakes and chowder were massively consumed, and a small stage which hosted all sorts of acts. During the thirties and forties some big bands came through, and people as far away as Boston (which in those days seemed a considerable distance) would come to ride the rides, and dance into the evening. Lincoln Park was a popular destination from many parts of New England right into the late seventies and early eighties. Then, facing the ever expanding six flags type parks, and Disney world, it began to fade. A change in ownership (and vision) also crippled it. By the mid eighties, it closed. It seemed to take only weeks for fires to break out in the abandoned dark rides and pavilions. The old wooden coaster (the comet) held on until two years ago, when after a blizzard, it caved into white washed timber. I collect anything from the park. It being nothing but good memories for me. My grandmother (Nanny, for those who may remember my stories of her. She visited the 64/65 fair.) took me, at least, twice a year, every year of my childhood. My mother would take me now and then, and other children's parents, girl scout trips, and even school crossing guard trips, would make up other chances to ride the rides, eat great food, and watch a show. I loved that park. Many people did. I think it's memory still brings a smile to others faces. I know that items with the park name or image tend to spur on bidding wars. There are not many items from the park, but, what is out there seems coveted. Unlike it's cousins Canobie Lake Park and Rocky Point Park: I'm not aware of Lincoln Park having any fair legacies. (Rocky point being, once, a home of one of the communication arch's.) I'm apologize for testing your tolerance with my lengthiness. My passion for this place is deep. Thank you very much for your tips, Billy. I know these photos are copies, it's pretty darn obvious. Yet they are photos of the park, and I wouldn't have them otherwise. I didn't pay too much for them, thankfully. I'll tell myself that the gentleman (who had 100 percent positive feedback) meant well, maybe scanning the originals and touching them up to sell a "better" copy, or making copies to accommodate everyone in on the bidding. In any case: the tips are good ones and I'm thankful for them. I'm also thankful for your kindness, Bill, and everyone's tolerance in reading this.
  23. Love is in the Air

    A very happy Valentines day all! A very appreciative thanks for the happy Valentines day wishes! I hope you've all spent a day filled with love, wonder and great happiness.
  24. Ford and World's Fairs

    Sadly, Chrysler looks to be next. The news here is all about the loss of another thirteen thousand jobs, plant closings and the sale of the company to.....? Big news in Detroit. A sad day for a once great company. I love the post card, Randy. Nifty reference. What a joy it must have been to ride in one of those "new" Fords.