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  • Location I live in a small town in Upstate New York, south of Syracuse.
  1. You sure that's a person up there?  And that place was open?  Wow.  There is nothing to attract anyone--no signs, banners--nothing.  And what do you think was going on with the People Tree?  One could walk up a staircase inside.  Is it possible that the banners were closed in that manner in wet weather or something?  Was it still the People Tree?
  2. The whole scene looks sterile and empty.   Maybe the shot was taken after the close of that season.  Even the Katimavik looks empty.  I mean, even the shadows of the sculptures etc. on the inside are missing.  The nylon banners on the tree look like closed window shades and not the multi-level panels we saw in 1967.  Is the photo dated?
  3. A fine day in June 1964

    The second shot appear to have geraniums but the gardens do not look full yet so I'd bet very late spring or early summer.  They were recently planted. Geraniums would do well in a setting like that.  Geraniums are the number one summer bedding and container plant in the Northeast because they tolerate direct sun and prefer drier soil conditions. The top photo is not very clear but I see yellow and even hints of purple in the plantings.  That suggests pansies.  They are generally quite hardy in cold weather but in the Northeast they are an early spring bedding plant generally replaced by late spring because they do not tolerate direct sun.  They prefer shade and cooler weather. They would be totally fried by June in a setting like that.  The trees are full and some people appear to be wearing jackets. I'd bet it's May.  I don't think those nuns are looking for anything.  Their veils are just a funky design.  I am not sure what order that would have been.
  4. Eric, I immediately thought of that Twilight Zone episode when that plane attempting to land at LaGuardia flies back into prehistoric time and they  see dinosaurs in Manhattan and when they try to break the "time barrier" they can only make it to 1939 and they all see the world's fair.  In that scene the place looks as empty as in that photo.  Very strange.  The odd thing is that the place looks completed and ready to go.  So, if the shot was taken in the weeks prior to the opening, there would have to be all sorts of signs of life making final preparations or something.  I don't get it.  But the lighting is amazing.  It's almost as if Ansel Adams decided to take one urban photograph. Foot injuries are a mess.  For me, it is progressive nerve damage with no known origin.  It has ruined my ability to run and now even easily walk.  It is also in my hands.  Some days the pain is rough.  It's is amazing how fortunate we  are when we are healthy and everything works ok.  I've learned aging is not for the timid and that my warranty seems to have run out.  The thing is everything looks normal on the outside but the disease is real.   People have trouble understanding how painful small injuries can be or how an invisible disease can be so damaging.  Maybe something disfiguring or dramatic would be more impressive to those people.  Anyway, give it time.  I swim every day at the local YMCA to stay mobile etc.  Maybe that would help you as well especially if you can't walk on it very well. Jim
  5. The lighting in the photo is ethereal.  And the complete absence of people and transportation makes it all surreal.  It's really quite wonderful.   I hope you quickly recover, Eric.  It sounds like a tough injury. Best, Jim
  6. I sure agree with Bill.   I'd much rather spend time back in "then."  But these are very cool shots.  Thank you.
  7. Yikes.  That's mod.  It's actually an overdose of mod.  Flower Power was taking root (pun intended) on the Left coast during the 1967 "summer of love."
  8. I've read that visitors to the All-Russian Exhibition Center refer to the former Expo pavilion as "Montreal."
  9. The People Tree was so cool.  Well, the whole Canada Pavilion complex was wonderful.
  10. Those Belgian waffles (original NYWF recipe and vendor) are still available at the New York State Fair every summer.
  11. I was 12 and when the lights went out (about 5:30 PM EST as I recall), my mother asked me to go outside to see if other houses had power.  I remember standing in the street and not seeing a light anywhere.  It was creepy.  Of course, there was no way to learn what had happened.  Nobody knew for several days what had caused the problem or just how massive the extent of the blackout really was.  
  12. Expo advertisement

    In 2012, Concordia University in Montreal held a forum on Expo 67 and this advertisement, which appeared in Life and Look, was discussed.  It was remembered as the single most effective print ad for Expo.  I well remember this advertisement and it was discussed here in a thread a few years ago.  It really was a brilliant idea.  I was 14 and this ad caught my attention.  One of the forum guests had been an official Expo hostess who was hired for the job at age 16 because she was fluent in five languages.  The other guest is a professor of architectural studies at Concordia.  Both are fascinating people. That Concordia forum can now be found on You Tube under the title, The Legacy of Expo 67.  It might help to add the word Concordia.  This print ad is discussed in the early part of the forum.
  13. Dead Horse Bay

    Eric, Isn't it remarkable that in 2015, with all that we think that we know and understand about the world, that a place like Dead Horse Bay actually exits and is such a treasure trove of history? Jim
  14. Dead Horse Bay

    The ABC News website has a remarkable article about a little known spot on the mouth Jamaica bay in Brooklyn known as Dead Horse Bay.  It is a rather lengthy story on the history of  what is NYC's most unknown and most polluted spot.  Its history as a 19th Century location for rendering plants for horses, dogs, cats and other animals is incredibly creepy.  However, in the early 1950s, Robert Moses used this long forgotten site as a dumping ground for thousands of tons of debris from neighborhoods he bulldozed for his urban projects.  He, evidently, envisioned creating a massive new landfill area that would, one day, support a vast waterfront park.  But the debris includes everything from tens of thousands of glass bottles, sewing machines, dentures, furniture, newspapers, automobile parts, prescription bottles, clothing--all of the stuff of everyday life in those long ago destroyed neighborhoods.  Then he capped it all with topsoil which promptly washed away exposing tons of debris now over sixty years old.  Moses' vision of a park never happened and the area is a mess but has become something of a living time capsule for school groups and individuals who quietly explore the place.  The ABC story slams Moses for what he did at that time and the manner in which he, in his usual cavalier manner, eradicated entire neighborhoods and simply disposed of the buildings and whatever was left in them in Dead Horse Bay.  It refers to those who silently allowed him ("the most powerful unelected person in New York history") to get away with such incredible obliteration as "spineless." In any event, to read the story and to see the attached photos and film clips, simply search for ABC News (10.31.15) and scroll down the list of leading news stories until you come to Dead Horse Bay.  It's an amazing story.
  15. I've read accounts of the final night of the Buffalo Pan American Exposition and how the thousands of incandescent bulbs which studded each building slowly glowed to illumination at dusk one last time and then were slowly turned down a few minutes later and dimmed forever.  Crowds stood on the grounds weeping at the thought of it all disappearing forever.  And it did.