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  1. 1964 Ford Caveman

    Interesting, and quite disconcerting. The photo being the point of the discontent. Ewwwww..split caveman back.
  2. puzzling

    I'm a big fan of the puzzles. I have most of them. None of those in the boxes, however. Almost all the boxes I own are bent and battered. I am highly temped to put the puzzles together, paste them, and mount them on a wall. My walls being equally bent and battered. The puzzles would be an improvement to the walls! Randy, do you know why some of the puzzles were sold in box, and some on cardboard backing w/cellophane wrap? Were the wrapped puzzles sold at the fair? P.S. Howdy, everybody.
  3. Just curious. Does this bounty mold a rama have any connection to the fair? The seller claims none in his description, but as the bounty was at the fair, I couldn't help but wonder. <a href="http://cgi.aol.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3616098311&category=208" target="_blank">http://cgi.aol.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?V...11&category=208</a>
  4. Hello past and current Boy Scouting enthusiasts! I have several questions in regard to a piece of the Boy Scout uniform worn at the NYWF. Specifically I wonder of the neckerchief. <a href="http://www.stefford.com/jjmsr/images/6465_NYWF_nc.gif" target="_blank">http://www.stefford.com/jjmsr/images/6465_NYWF_nc.gif</a> Were fair neckerchiefs standard issue to all Boy Scouts in the New York area ? Were they issued (or available for purchase) to all scouts visiting the fair? Were they worn, "only" by those who preformed services specifically at the fair? Were they issued only to those service scouts who repeatedly performed services, or any who volunteered at the fair? Bill? Anyone?
  5. the Coventry cross

    In November of 1940 the German bombing raids known as the blitz destroyed much of Old Coventry Cathedral. Jock Forbes, the church's stone mason, walked through the rubble the following morning. He took two charred oak beams that had fallen from the roof and lashed them together to form a cross. He stood that cross in a sand bucket. Over time the cross came to symbolize the futility of war. The moving story of the Coventry charred cross was told at the Protestant and Orthodox center at the New York World's fair. There the actual charred beams lashed together to form a cross, from the destroyed Coventry Church, was exhibited in 1964. After the fair, the charred cross returned to the cathedral. A replica of it (built to stand in for the touring cross) is on display at the church. One can view the cross on line at: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/robert.orland/cov/cathedrals/oldcathedral.html The page also has much information on the Coventry Church.
  6. They Want How Much?!

    This comic book has been graded and sealed by CGC. Such comic books often go for twice, if not three times, that of non CGC comics. Professionally graded, and sealed, comic books are in very high demand. The condition of such comic books are assured, as they have been graded by experts in the field. Such comic books have also been sealed, in high quality Mylar, (the grade, with reasons for it are clearly listed on the comic book casing.) so that no further damage can occur. Once the seal is broken, the comic book is significantly devalued. This comic book also has the fact that it's the third golden age appearance of the Green lantern going for it. It's a premium comic book, and thus commands a premium price. Rose, proud comic book geek
  7. Scarves

    I wish I hadn't missed that one. I had one just like it as a child-although not from the fair. I think the scarves are great fun. I've used them to (carefully) decorate my walls. I have the scarf you picked up; and it accentuates that orange fair apron I have quite well. Ultimately what things are worth is what we're willing to pay. What price we'll be happy with no matter what. If your happy: you did well.
  8. Pressed Pennies

    Oh sure a dollar collection would be nice. An elongated irradiated dollar collection, though, that would be world fair collecting bliss. A girl can dream, anyway. (I also collect elongated pennies from the 64-65 fair.)
  9. Let the Buyer Beware

    I had one of those Yaz hats. I loved Yaz. Still do. I had a bruins give away painters cap, too. Those painters caps were everywhere, as has been said before, in the 80's. Do you think this person is confusing the 65 fair with the 82 fair? Perhaps he bought the hats from someone who told him they were from the 64-65 fair (making this a bit of a white lie). Perhaps not. I'm very interested in what your source says, Randy.
  10. Educating The World About The NYWFs

    Hello Glen. I also apologize for visiting your thread so late in it's history. One question: Why couldn't I find your display, and collection, and you (for world fair fellowship) when I was in MA???? I'm from Fall River, originally. I've also lived in various parts of MA. "Woosta" was not far away at all, once. I'm like you: I look for fair bargains. You'll find me in the eBay auctions that start under $15. Now and then I'll splurge way up into the $30 dollar range. Feel no shame in starting small, or searching for bargains. I'm sure you've noted that one's collection grows no matter where one starts. Thanks for sharing your collection with us and others. Your helping this great legacy live again.
  11. Happy 4th of July

    We're all dominoes. I say this all the time. All of us, each one of us, is a cause and effect. We all lead to something else, we all are because of something else. History is the name of that thing that ties us together and helps explain us. I remember those brave men, as I remember many on the fourth. Those, especially, that gave their lives for the betterment of others. On a personal note: I had my own little fireworks here. My dog, pooka the pug, gave birth to six puppies. My sister and I will keep two of the six. I'm naming one Dolly, after Dolly Madison and, of course, the cup cakes. For all our little fireworks, though. I don't forget the big booms. Those things that so clearly mark our lives. Like that of the passing of Detectives Lynch and Socha. I love those fireworks, Randy. (As a side note: I learned recently that a sixties and seventies celebrity was tied to the Hartford circus fire. Charles Nelson Riley was at that fire as a child, and survived it.)
  12. Space Age City

    Thanks for the well wishes! Yes, the Dymaxion house is nifty stuff (long timers may recall that nifty is the epitome of goodness to me.). I run (well okay amble. My running days may well have been left behind with my red ball sneakers) to it every time I go to the Henry Ford. I have a confession, in fact, in regard to this. My sister and I walked in the house shortly after it was opened to the public. We didn't know we weren't supposed to walk into the living room area-which has it's original wood flooring. We had just left that area when a guide came by and chastised another worker for not partitioning that area off. Oops. We felt awful, but what was done was done. ...and yes, it was a nifty experience. The house is filled with space saving ideas, including dumb waiter like closets. I don't think I could live in the dymaxion house, though. Too many windows. The house had something of the effect of a fish bowl, albeit a very well designed, fishbowl. The Henry Ford, by the way, is a place to make a few fair sightings, sort of, kind of. There are turbo cars, JFK's car, and mold a rama machines (with a few designs also found at the fair). I'm not sure any of these things can be confirmed to have been at the fair, but they could have been. There's also a Spirit of St. Louis replica (one of several made for the movie) that wasn't at the fair, but, is exactly like the one that was at the fair. Of course if one isn't into looking for (gasp) fair legacies; there is that matter of the Wright brothers home, the court house Lincoln worked as a lawyer in (as well as the very morbid site of the chair he sat in while shot), part of Edison's Menlo park lab, and countless pop culture items (like an entire dinner, and vintage service station, along with HOJO's and Holiday Inn neon signs) ...and it's not too far from the giant tire.
  13. Thanks for the welcomes back Randy, and Jim. I've missed you both, and PTU, a great deal. It's nice to hear from you!
  14. Space Age City

    Wayne, have you seen the Dymaxion house? If anyone has the chance, or desire, they/you might want to check out the house of the once future at the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, MI. Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion house was a dream of the future. Affordable housing in the round. Wonderful stuff. <a href="http://www.thehenryford.org/museum/dymaxion/default.asp" target="_blank">http://www.thehenryford.org/museum/dymaxion/default.asp</a> I do love Googie architecture and I'll be sure to check out that link. Thank you for it.
  15. The Old Central Park Zoo

    I remember visiting the old zoo when a child. It may be my ever fading memory: but I do recall the equivalent of an elephant in a chicken coop. Not literally, of course. Bars, and small spaces. The smell of urine, my mother holding tight and muttering "oh dear" a good deal. Yet it was all fascinating to me. I saw things I had never seen before. I often dreamt of the Mandrill I had seen. That whale reminds me of one that used to reside at Old orchard beach, Maine. Another place my parents took me a summer long ago.
  16. As I've been away for a good part of this last year: the news of your illness came late to me. I wish you a speedy recovery and rejoice with the other PTUer's that you are back. I was diagnosed with diabetes this year, and am learning of the complications that come with it. I can add you to the list of strong role models to follow along my own path to wellness. Be well Ray, I think of you often and remain blessed by your audio archives. Rose (back to lurking.)
  17. <!--coloro:blue--><span style="color:blue"><!--/coloro-->Often the famous and infamous are featured in songs. Sometimes celebrities even appear as animated subjects in other characters television shows. Grover Whalen, in a rather off beat way, has done both. Well at least sort of. It was John Astin who "appears" as Grover Whalen in an episode of Pinky and the Brain. The episode is entitled "Mice don't dance." It was Groucho Marx who, to all Marx brothers and classic film fans, keeps Grover Whalen immortal. In the song "Lydia the Tattooed lady"; we are all asked to note "Grover Whalen 'unveilin' the Trilon." The song also contains the lyrics: "My life was wrapped around the circus. Her name was Lydia. I met her at the world's fair in 1900, marked down from 1940. " Grover Whalen, and the fair remains alive in popular culture of both the past and recent years. Rose (For full lyrics to Lydia go to : <a href="http://www.anycities.com/lydiaolydia/" target="_blank">http://www.anycities.com/lydiaolydia/</a>, the song has many cultural references, and still makes one (at least me, and that is one) laugh<!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc-->
  18. <!--coloro:blue--><span style="color:blue"><!--/coloro-->I have been a semi frequent visitor to the Prelinger Archives since Marc William's mention of the site in a PTU post. Today, thanks to the archives and Marc's first mention of them, I was a visitor to the Amusement area of the 1939/40 fair. I was surprised by many things I saw, and intrigued by others. Johnny Weissmuller at the Aquacade? Morton Downey Sr. as it's M.C.? A Bill, "Bojangles" Robinson review? Six inch tall dancers, baby incubators, and children being pulled by sled dogs. Amazing. To view it all yourself, in color : <a href="http://www.archive.org/movies/details-db.php?collection=prelinger&collectionid=38845a" target="_blank">http://www.archive.org/movies/details-db.p...ectionid=38845a</a> Please note that this movie is just one part of several films on the 39-40 fair. (I hope to view them all) The Prelinger Archives are a wonderful resource, and one I hope never disappears. I had some initial viewing problems with the film via RealPlayer. QuickTime seamed to work well for me, however.<!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc-->
  19. <!--coloro:blue--><span style="color:blue"><!--/coloro-->From Sept. 7, 1989 to December 31, 1989 The Queens Museum of Art held a special exphibit called "Remembering The Future: The New Work World's Fair From 1939 to 1964". I am aware of a companion book to the exhibit, and hope to own it soon. Many of you may have visited this exhibit. Some of you may have played some part in it's conception. I did not have the privilege of visiting the exhibit and wonder of its contents. Were rare "artifacts" from the fair on view? Were such artifacts (if included) part of private collections? Was the exhibit a showcase of the current items from the fair in the Queens Museum? Were there any plans in 1989 (in conjunction with the exhibit) for revitalization or showcasing fair legacies in the park? I am, as always, anxious to learn more.<!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc-->
  20. Howard Johnson's Restaurants

    Thank you all for the warm welcome! It's good to be back. I've missed all of you, and this place. (I beg your pardon as I go through old posts, and try my best to catch up.)
  21. Kind Words for Moses in 1965

    It's true. Some aspects of the fair were not sophisticated. Some were not, as we say now, cutting edge. (Some were, however.) It, as Mr. Kilpatrick implies, didn't matter. There was enough wonder in Flushing Meadows to fill our minds and hearts, if not the fairs cash registers. Robert Moses may have made some mistakes. He did, however, try his best to offer something of value to the general public. I think he succeeded. It's good to know that at least one pundit of the press knew this.
  22. Project '64

    The status of these files is alarming. Thank God your going through them, Eric. What you are researching and transcribing could lead to their only possible longevity. Thank you.
  23. Glass blower?

    ...Something about mothers and blow glass. (and it's scary to know that I'm almost your mothers age, bunny.) My mom had two very small blown glass figurines. Until very recently; I had no idea that the figurines came from the fair. My mother no longer has the figures. I'm a bit afraid that my childhood has something to do with their demise. (I do know that I was responsible for a broken, hand blown, swan that my mother had purchased in New Hampshire. I wasn't a malicious child, just a clumsy one. In fact, I'm still clumsy.)
  24. Lounge Trains

    He named a species already known to be named. Odd, isn't it, how names are conceived. The glide a rides could have been called any thing from sit and rides to long benches on wheels a go go. Glide a ride is good. So are these files. Thank you again.
  25. These files seem priceless to me. I'm so grateful that someone is preserving each bit of the history of the 64-65 NYWF. The fair could never be fully understood, nor the history of New York attached to it, without things such as this. Thank you, Chairman