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About Jim

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  • Birthday 12/27/1951

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    I live near Syracuse.
  1. Great find. You got a good deal.
  2. Night at the Fair

    And way off in the distance is the US Royal Ferris Wheel just peeking above the silhouettes.
  3. Arriving at Expo 67!

    I remember arriving for the first time. I entered (for the first time) at Place d'Acceuil and then boarded the Expo Express. It was Saturday, the second full day Expo was open. We arrived in Westmount the day before and could see Expo on the islands in the river below. It took my breath away as it glittered, that night, in the distance.
  4. That's a very nice photograph. Whatever the date, it might be a good guess that it was snapped later in the evening, after ten, when most pavilions closed.
  5. It really was majestic. Its recent restoration took place, in part, because it has been dubbed "The Eiffel Tower of Brooklyn" by many residents. Although it remains non-functioning, it is beloved.
  6. Look at the line of people waiting to get into Man In The Community.
  7. What a wonderful snapshot. A beautiful moment frozen in time. The kid in the knickers looking down at the girls is priceless.
  8. For many of us, the Trylon and Perisphere are recognizable images. We all know something about the great expositions and their buildings and New York's 1939 theme center is at the top of the list, I suspect. In 1992, I used a similar theme center photograph for my masters thesis at SUNY Binghamton and it earned a university thesis of the year award. But if the theme center photo is really cliche, that's not a selling point. If I had the photograph E, I would have use it on the cover instead. I wonder what someone seeking to learn about such a fair, someone who is not familiar with the theme center, would find appealing in such a book. Fairs are all about people and their experiences and some of the hundreds of amateur of slides and photos of people enjoying a fair that we have enjoyed on this site bring the event back to life. We've seen some great people photos from almost every fair and they leave us wondering what was happening, what they were thinking or doing or what attraction they had just enjoyed. We're world's fair enthusiasts and are drawn to the images of buildings, to maps, to landscaping, to the structures that made fairs recognizable. We often linger over a photo of a fire hydrant, waste basket or the placement of a lighting fixture. When I saw photo E, I saw the NYWF in a whole new way. I saw the joy it brought to a Depression weary nation. It reminded me why NYC held a Fair in the first place. And that photo just may attract readers unfamiliar with the NYWF because it is curious, joyful and inviting. Fairs are far more than their iconic structures. They live on in the memories of those people who enjoyed them. Thanks to Bill sharing that remarkably human and endearing photograph, I will never look at the NYWF in the same way. I'll shut up now.
  9. Seattle World's Fair illustration

    The Space Needle was, in any ways, a last minute addition to the Seattle Fair. The idea was proposed by Edward Carlson, president of the Fair. Construction of the tower began in late winter of 1960-1961 so it's likely the book was printed and sent to customers before the Space Needle concept was considered. Telephone books are like time capsules. Their information they contain is treasure trove of the past life of any given community. I have no idea if your telephone book is scarce and I suspect larger libraries, historical societies etc. may keep copies of Seattle telephone books. But you have one and to anyone interested in the Seattle World's Fair, it's a very cool artifact.
  10. I get it. I see why C is the iconic cover. Every 1939 NYWf book I own, and there are a number of them, uses the theme center on the cover. It's expected. But there is something absolutely wonderful about E. Those two are members of the greatest generation. Look at the sheer enjoyment on their faces as the Parachute Ride comes to an end. Their faces radiate everything I have ever read or heard the Fair was all about--joy, hope, enthusiasm, wonder. Your book has many excellent theme center photographs. Photo E captures something more important. Those two are a part of the 45 million who loved that Fair, never forgot it and told stories for the rest of their lives. The Fair was all about them. I hope you'll consider E.
  11. Railway Post Office

    That's far more interesting than a First Day Cover. How remarkable. It looks so crisp, clean and new. Even the stamp is in excellent condition.
  12. Is it possible, because it was a donation, that it was removed to a new location?
  13. A sad picture indeed

    PS: I just noticed the top half of the Perishpere superstructure (in the background) is gone as is the very top of the Trylon.
  14. It was Benjamin Harrison who supported the annexation Hawaii after he won the electoral college vote in 1888 and took office in 1893. Grover Cleveland, who had won the popular vote in 1888 and had first been elected in 1884, soundly defeated Harrison in 1892. Cleveland rejected Hawaiian annexation as alien to American values, in 1893, after resuming the presidency. He restored the Hawaiian monarchy and asked fellow Democrats in Congress to reverse the bill and Hawaii remained independent until 1897 when Cleveland retired and McKinley took office. Those "settler Hawaiians" were Americans who were operating massive pineapple and sugar plantations and making big money. They could make even more if Hawaii actually belonged to the US and they could export their Hawaiian products into the US and avoid tariff duties. They fomented the so-caled Revolution; attempted to overthrow the ancient monarchy, and clamored for US annexation. It's not exactly a noble moment in American history.