Time Warner cable has a brief segment each day called "Today in New York History." It's generally about as good as TWC service. That said, whoever selects the topics for each day has a connection with the New York State Museum in Albany. Some daily segments are informative; some are dumb. Today's included NY Giant's Bobby Thomson's three run homer in 1951 known as the "shot heard round the world" on October 3, 1951. It then used New Yorker's reaction to the 1995 Simpson verdict. That's dumb. It was a California story, not New York's. I am going to watch on October 4 to see if they use Pope Paul's NYC visit as an important moment in NYS history for that day. I'll bet they don't.
Eric, I did wonder about that and looked at some photographs in the Richard Wurts book last night. Those columns did not appear to be glass encased to me. Are you suggesting that just because something has been printed in a book or appears on television or on a website it might not be accurate?!! Of course, this makes it possible (maybe probable) that those "loud speakers" at the top of the Perisphere were never used as such. (Does anyone refer to these things as loud speakers today?) I also notice that the Helicline is not labeled as such. It's a more utilitarian "down ramp." Pre-Fair drawings can be very interesting and highlight the evolution of ideas. Wouldn't you love to go back for just one hour and tour the Theme Center? I am endlessly amazed by those vanished structures. Jim
I've never seen the red embossed stamp prior to this thread. I have collected stamps for years and, oddly, it doesn't even appear in my book. It's very interesting and you are likely correct in that very few were issued. I do know that, in the old days, when stamps came in perforated sheets that one could put virtually any image on an SASE and mail it to the post office where the commemorative was to be issued, That SASE would be returned as a first day of issue. I don't even know if that is possible today. In addition, the blocks of four we see above really no longer exist due to the manner in which stamps are now issued as self-adhesive.
I'd never heard that Mr. Moses tried to strong arm the Postal Service into issuing a two year commemorative. As far as I know they have never issued a true commemorative that represents more than the year of issue. The embossed envelopes are not considered to be commemoratives by stamp collectors and such envelopes tend to be issued for as long as that stamp denomination remains unchanged.
Sunday, October 4, marks the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's fourteen hour visit to NYC which culminated with a remarkable stop at the Vatican Pavilion at the Fair. I remember that day very clearly. I was in Catholic school--grade 8. The Pope's visit was on plane just below the second coming to the Dominican nuns in my school. They brought in portable television's--borrowed from local parents and members of the parish. We spent the entire day watching every move the Pope made. One network used Bishop Fulton J. Sheen as its authoritative commentator on all things Catholic. I will always remember his response when asked by the commentator watching the Pope arrive what his small cap was called. Bishop Sheen's hesitant response was that "it's a red cap." Kids and nuns found that pretty funny in 1965. The Pope's visit to the Fair came that evening so we were all home but had been instructed to continue watching under pain of eternal damnation as I recall. I did watch and can still recall the grainy black and white images of his arrival at the Fair and the Unisphere in the background with the splashing fountains. I still remember the Pope standing on the balcony of the Vatican Pavilion and blessing the crowd. We had been told that such blessings did count although they passed through a cathode ray tube and were filtered by black and white photography. Several years ago, I had some surgery and my cousin who knows of my fascination with the Fair, brought me a 1965 Guide Book as a gift.. My doctor, making his rounds, saw it and spent nearly an hour in the room with me remembering his Fair visits as a boy. Raised in Nassau County, he had served as an altar boy at the Pavilion half a dozen times he recalled. Evidently, he had done so well that he was asked to attend the Pope's visit inside of the Pavilion and walked in a procession that led him to the Pieta display area. That Guide Book was the first he had seen since he was a kid and his first hand memories of October 4, 1965, flowed back as if they had happened that morning. How cool is that?
It was unfortunate that the IOC did not give a more serious consideration to Almaty for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. I understand the government is considerably less than democratic but so is that of China and Beijing won those games. Those were the only two bidding cities.
Eric, I just re-read my 1939 Guide Book which states: "...you find yourself entering the Perisphere at its base and mounting the longest moving electric stairway in the world. Swept upward, soundlessly, and delivered at the entrance fifty feet above the ground, you step onto one or the other of two revolving balconies...."It was, evidently, a huge escalator. Was there a separate entrance into the Trylon? I have aways believed that there was and that one crossed the bridge into the Perisphere. Were there, then, elevators in the Trylon? If so, why were there two ways to get into the Perisphere--or were there? Oddly, the Guide Book makes no mention of entering the Trylon. But that does not explain the images of people on that bridge connecting the Trylon to the Perisphere--or have I somehow lost my mind on this topic? Jim
I believe it took one into the Trylon and up what was billed as the world's longest escalator and then to a bridge which crossed from the Trylon and into the Perisphere. One exited the Perisphere after viewing Democracity via the Helicline.
Hi Lenny, I found a similar account while doing research at the New York Historical Society many years ago and it was the first reference I encountered about the flag on the Parachute Jump in New Yorker magazine as I recall. I agree with your comments and welcome you to this site. You will find some good people with some amazing ideas and information about the fairs. Thank you for posting this information. Keep posting!
These are stunning. I never realized the magnificent color of this fair. It is too often pictured in monochrome or in colorized postal cards. What an incredible series of scenes of the science pavilion. The vivid colors still impress today. I have never seen the Sky Ride as this film captures it. It must have been the thrill of a lifetime. The Avenue of Flags takes on a whole new dimension when seen in actual footage. It was spectacular as the Lake Michigan winds whipped those enormous banners towering over the crowds. The GM pavilion is far larger and more magnificent than I had ever appreciated and seeing that dirigible pass by probably impresses me, today, as much as it did fairgoers in 1933. And how cool and exciting is that television building?! Sinclair's dinosaurs were quite entertaining in 1933 and their 1964 cousins were basically the same. This means that 1933 technology was very good and needed little updating thirty years after Chicago's fair closed. These films are an absolute treasure. A Century of Progress must have been an incredible fair. Hell, it turned a profit and that alone makes it remarkable. It certainly had one of the most beautiful settings of any great world's fair. The lake is such an inspiring backdrop. Water makes all the difference in the world. I would rank the Century of Progress with the GGIE and Expo 67 for the sheer beauty of its setting.
25 cents was also the price of the Guide Book and I agree that extra amount in 1939 was not always easy for many people. I have to wonder how many may have gone to the Fair but did not visit the Theme Center because of the entrance fee--especially if it was a family of four or five people.
I still remember going to the Fair in September of 1965 and my father thought the $2.50 entry fee was expensive. I suppose these things are relative to the time period.
For whatever it's worth I would drop the phrase, "world's fair," simply because it was never used and Expo's organizers purposely referred to the event as an international exposition. Robert Fulford, in Remember Expo, states that the organizers wanted to be distinct from the recent NYWF and, therefore, never used the phrase "world's fair." One other thought, the performers at Expo came from all over the globe and not just Canada.