This is one of the first photos I've seen where the Trylon and Perisphere really do look "temporary." The gypsum board and paint are rippling and bubbling. Nevertheless, how cool to see those people on the Helicline soaking in the view.
Both photographs are wonderful. I've never seen a shot taken from the pavilion and looking toward the theme center either. Random shots such as these are full of treasures. I notice the man leaning against what appears to be a stack of bottles in cases--perhaps some brand of soda. It's a snap shot of precise moment in time. Very cool.
I've seen countless photos of the Jump in 1939 with the giant Life Savers on the tower along with a huge American flag on the very top. That is how it appeared in 1939 and it was advertised as the Life Savers Parachute Jump. Even a quick internet search of images of the tower in 1939 will result in the tower decorated with those rings. When, in 1939, was the tower devoid of those giant Life Savers rings? How can this be a 1939 photograph? And the huge flagpole on the top was added in 1939 precisely because many believed that a US flag had to fly higher than the Soviet flag (at the USSR pavilion) somewhere on the grounds and the Parachute Jump was selected. In 1940, the USSR pavilion was gone, demolished. It's an unusual angle, but I don't see any flag on top of the tower---and it was a large pole and flag. Many. of the parachutes had multi-colored stripes, but I have not seen a shot taken at an angle that allowed for that Life Savers label on the inside of a parachute to be easily seen.
Jim, that is a most painful memory to carry all of these years. That is a jolting loss for one so young. And it's a shame your father was not recognized and remembered at the site of the accident in some manner. I am glad, however, that you found this site. Jim
I agree, Bill. I thought that that there might have been a more concrete proposal for an exhibit that was dumped for some reason. I know there was a good deal of negativity toward Texas in the years right after the assassination of President Kennedy. Texas probably did not have to worry too much about growth or jobs in the 1960's, however. Over the next few decades, its population overtook that of NYS as did its economic prowess. NYS did not provide an exhibit at Hemisfair in 1968.
What a different fair it would have been if most of the nations represented by those flags had actually participated. I am trying to identify nations via the flags. Flags on the map but non-participants: Israel, Peoples Republic of China, Argentina, Brazil, Greece---just to identify a few. I wonder what thoughts they had when placing those flags on that design board.