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  1. The recent thread with the Civil Engineering pavilion at the Brussels World's Fair sent me looking for more information and this film popped up (scroll down). Great tour of a wonderful fair. Thailand's entry in Brussels is at about 1:50. They sure got locked in to an architectural style for exposition road shows in the 50s and 60s.
  2. There for just a few months

    Well, whatever it might be, considering that there is a canal behind the stand and the entire thing is exposed to the elements, I suspect some sort of protective cord would be needed if that's what it is. I know I'd want one. It was 1964. The product safety codes fifty-five years ago were pretty lax. I remember my father messing with a power cord the thickness of a garden hose to light up a front yard tree at Christmas time over fifty years ago. I'll bet that cord was thirty years old at that time. Or...maybe that was the detonator for the long discussed impending implosion of the Belgian Village at the close of the Fair. All she needed was a signal from her boss.
  3. JFK Airport TWA Hotel

    Thank you so much for sharing this information. The TWA Hotel is an inspired concept for saving a magnificent structure and honoring its history and providing a service to New Yorkers and guests from across the globe. What a beautiful place it is today. I feared it might go the way of Pennsylvania Station.
  4. There for just a few months

    Maybe it's just a radio. Many photos suggest there was often plenty of down time when daily attendance was low.
  5. Was Ringling Brothers really there? I don't recall that at all.
  6. Let's visit the Lake Mall, shall we?

    The multi level expressway in the background certainly speaks volumes about the overall ambience (or lack thereof) of the Amusement Zone in 1964. I've been to rural county fairs with more charm than we see in this rather chaotic scene. What is the date on the photo? People are wearing sweaters and jackets. Maybe it was the final weeks of 1965 and Fair crew had begun the process of throwing in the towel and just let the sign dangle there. The ticket booth to the dancing waters looks like it was swiped from the East Cheesecake County Fair held every year at Elk Snout, Nebraska. I'll still never quite understand finally getting to a world's fair, ANY world's fair, and then hanging in what amounts to the carnival section. Chicago in 1893 had the first Midway and it held some remarkable charms from the Ferris Wheel to native villages to hoochee coochee dancers. I get the appeal of that particular amusement area just as I understand the allure of the 1939 NY Amusement Zone (Hey, there was a naked woman frozen in a block of ice for god's sake) but why plan a trip and devote time to carnival rides you could easily find at any amusement park or state fair? With all of the once-in-a-lifetime experiences across the fairgrounds what is the appeal of bumper cars? On top of that, the pavilions with their spectacular shows and rides were FREE.
  7. A very rare souvenir!

    I'll bet the bidding on this will make the three thousand dollar Expo flag look like chump change
  8. Do you know where to find an Expo flag, Bill? I mean other than the 3K version.
  9. I saw it and wish I could get one but 3 grand is ludicrous. That's a $500 price drop, however. It was 3,500 bucks two days ago.
  10. Thank you, Wayne. I'm using a Mac but I'll bet it's a similar process.
  11. You supply the caption

    No caption. If this was in my family collection and I could be identified as one of this three hapless souls touching stuff in that weird little exhibit, I'd burn the photograph and possibly the entire house just to be certain the thing was really gone.
  12. Well, speaking of the Expo experience, Montreal city councilor, Marvin Rotrand, is proposing Montreal prepare to place a bid for Expo 30. The article appears in the February 6 edition of the Montreal Gazette. He is nearing retirement after 39 years as a councilor from Snowden (Cote-des-Neiges---Notre Dame-de-Grace) but notes there are two years before the Expo 30 bids will be considered and that would provide the City with much more time to build the fair than it had for Expo 67. He sees the idea as a potential economic and civic boost. Well, every world's fair promotor has had that thought. Nevertheless, he suggests that Parc Jean Drapeau is an ideal site but recognizes with all of the current renovations taking place, it might not work for a fair location and there are other possibilities. At 67, he has powerful memories of "the golden summer" of 1967 and thinks it might be possible to recreate that spirit. I recall that's what initially sparked the concept for the 1964-65 NYWF--an opportunity to recreate the wonder of the 1939 Fair. In any event, he is urging the mayor and city council to consider his idea. It's a very cool idea but I sort of doubt I'll be around for an Expo 30. The web address is endless and I never manage to correctly record them. So here's the thing: Search Bill Brownstein, Montreal Gazette (he is the author of the article) or search Expo 67; hit news, and the story will appear.
  13. I cannot recall if I mentioned this in an earlier post. Moshe Safdie's apartment in Habitat has been totally refurbished and is now open to the public for tours. https://www.dezeen.com/2018/11/27/moshe-safddie-architects-habitat-67-renovation/ If it does not open search Expo 67 then hit news. The story appears that way. It's worth a look at the stunning interior and exterior photos. If you go to the de zeen website via this link and type Habitat in the search box, this story and several other Habitat stories will open.
  14. Now where did we park?

    Eek c'est une souris!
  15. Sitting Behind the Wheel

    That's a cool photograph. Two beautiful kids now pushing age 60. Time waits for no-one.