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  • Location I live in a small town in Upstate New York, south of Syracuse.
  1. I, somehow, missed this post when bobster first added it.  I love the cover of the guide book.  It is so appealing, so full of allure and mystery.  Who wouldn't want to go to that Fair?  With all of the incredible difficulties 1939 brought to the world, one thing remains rather remarkable.  People still knew how to dream and they really did believe that tomorrow would be better.     Now, what ever became of the "Hormone Woman (Booth 25) in the Hall of Science"?  Holy crap.  I did not realize people even knew there were hormones back in 1939.  And that exhibit sure had to beat a baby incubator or something.
  2. I remember the first time I saw one of those lights and I have remembered them for fifty one years.  I know a good number of people here have found them or have rescued one or two.  I never saw one again after leaving the Fair although I realize there are still some at the Orange (NY) County Fairgrounds.  I need to drive down that way.
  3. That Unisphere shot is really rather wonderful.  I love the gentle color.
  4. Is this really Kodak?

    That sort of clown would give nightmares to any kid.  How often was Emmett Kelly actually at the pavilion and what did they do on his day off?  This suggests they asked one of the maintenance guys to put on make up and scare the poop out of five year olds. The second shot does provide a good view of the inside of that pavilion which was none too comfortable as I recall.  There was a room where a film was shown and the seating was basically a T shaped thing.  It was sort of a pole with a small piece of wood on it and one basically sat/leaned backward on it.  
  5. Just a guess but they look like those tanks used to fill balloons with helium or whatever gas they use.  Is that pink thing a balloon?  There is a souvenir stand right there and they did sell balloons.
  6. That's great stuff.  While the film makes one wonder if the Middletons ever saw anything other than the Westinghouse Pavilion, it's a wonderful period piece.  It captures the hope that The Greatest Generation had for this nation in 1939.  Those families had not fully recovered from the Depression and for the kids, it may have been all they ever knew of life.  Then along came this fair and their curiosity, ambition, hope and boundless enthusiasm for a better tomorrow just bubbled over.  And we can actually feel it in this film and it even jumps off the pages of the comic book version.  As tough as those time were (and they were going to get a whole lot more difficult in just another year or two) it must have been an endlessly fascinating time to be alive.
  7. Can you ID this location?

    That's hilarious--a grief counselor for each car!   I love it. Thanks for posting the photo, Bill.  I really never knew too much about Gyrotron.  I agree that it does not appear that safety was not the main concern of the design team.  But it was 1967 and in those days, it was pretty much every man for himself in such situations.
  8. Night comes to the Fair

    I absolutely, vividly recall walking out of the Churchill exhibit on a warm Labor Day evening in 1965 at about the same time we see in that photograph.  It  was warm, slightly humid and the sights, sounds and smells of the Fair were everywhere.  It was still summer but there was that slight hint of the coming autumn.  I cannot quite explain it but I remember it as if it happened yesterday.  It was our last day at the Fair.  I was also very aware, as we exited that building into the warm evening air, the the Fair was going to close and all that I could see around me was going to disappear.
  9. I just noticed the giant Jane Parker sign in the far distance behind the Bell System.  I recall how controversial that was and how Moses fought that sign.  But it was erected on private land just beyond the fairgrounds and loomed over the place.  It stood there, looking down on a vast park, for decades thereafter.  It was demolished maybe ten or twelve years ago.
  10. Thank you.  I do remember this story.  I recall it did not last very long in its incarnation in Florida.
  11. I am sure this has been previously discussed, Bill, but where in Florida did this thing end up?
  12. Photographs from Eric/Magikbilly

    I have not seen this.  Is it really June, 1940?  How can that be?  There is no sign of human life at the Fair.  The fountains in the Lagoon of Nations are not operating.  No flags are flying.  It's difficult to discern if there are even automobiles on the roadways.  If it is June of 1940, when the Fair would have been in full operation, it has to be doctored in some manner.  Regardless, it's a cool shot.
  13. Maybe that's a tree as mentioned in that report we commented on a week or so ago.  Today, it would be a full grown beast.  As for the sign, it could have been anywhere.  It's obviously portable and it looks as if somebody just parked it there.
  14. Yikes, that really is forlorn.
  15. A peek inside the Tent of Tomorrow

    I love how crisp and perfect that map really is in this photograph.  That map was a prime Fair destination for millions.