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About Jim

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  • Birthday 12/27/1951

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  1. These shots always strike me as remarkable in another way. Other than the Unisphere, virtually everything in that photograph is gone. It's all rather strange.
  2. I wonder if the Columbian's attendance numbers were ever clearly recorded as containing the greatest world's fair single day attendance until the second half of the 20th Century. I wonder because the BIE, for whatever it's worth, seems to control such things and there was no BIE in 1893 and, therefore, no officially sanctioned exposition.
  3. That's what I wondered about. But as I recall, many of those visitors were bussed to the fair per government "request" specifically to boost attendance and to establish records. Erik Larsen's account of the crush of visitors at the Columbian on Chicago Day is wonderful. 60,000 visitors by 10 AM and the 64th Street main gate and the ticket sellers we're standing up to their ankles in silver dollar coins. And that was just one gate. By day's end, the Fair had collected several tons of silver dollar coins. The thought that 30 thousand visitors rode the Ferris wheel that one day is remarkably illuminating. Many fair historians still wonder how the enforcement of Sunday Blue laws by an act of Congress may have cost the Fair five million additional visitors. Ironically, Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, just outside of Jackson Park averaged 25 to 30 thousand visitors during the Fair's Sunday closures. Despite all of this, the Columbian did set a exposition attendance record and it closed in the black after paying off all of its debts in September of 1893. And the Columbian eclipsed the records set in Paris in 1889
  4. And AT&T, once a powerful monopoly, is a shadow of its former self.
  5. There was an expectation that the attendance for the closing ceremonies (October 30, 1893) might surpass that of Chicago Day. However, Mayor Carter Harrison was assassinated in his home just prior to the end of the Fair and closing ceremonies, complete with a recreation of Columbus' landing (on the shore of Jackson Park, the site of the Fair) were cancelled. Instead, a memorial service was held at the Fair. The Columbian's numbers are impressive. For example, the Ferris Wheel had 1, 453, 611 paid visitors with several thousand more who were given free passes. On Chicago Day, nearly 35,000 rode the Wheel.
  6. Some of those folks look like they've been baking in the sun for hours. Look at those sun burns.
  7. We've discussed the single day attendance records for several expositions including Montreal and Shanghai. However, Erik Larsen points out in The Devil In The White City that the World's Columbian set a record of over 751,000 visitors in one day, Chicago Day, on October 9, 1893. Would this qualify as the single largest crowd in one day for any world's fair?
  8. Undated view of the Chrysler lagoon

    Where are the people?
  9. A different angle on New England

    I don't even remember this pavilion. Interesting photograph.
  10. What a crystal clear day that was.
  11. The New York State Pavilion in 1965

    Back in the day when New York was truly The Empire State....
  12. There is something very special about a world's fair built on or near water. The photo provides clear evidence. The World's Columbian Exposition (1893), A Century of Progress (1933-34), Paris (1937), the GGIE (1939-40) and Expo 67 (1967) made magnificent use of the water features available to them. There were a few others, but these expositions had a remarkable charm and quality because of their use of the lake or ocean features in close proximity.
  13. So much for the polls

    Somehow, I suspect those applause-o-meters are a notch below scientific in their results. Didn't Queen For A Day use an applause-o-meter?
  14. That is so beautiful. I wish I had a time machine to see the GGIE.
  15. I've always figured they were placed there for aesthetic reasons and really no more. Having said this, they've always looked cheap to me. Even the sculpture at the 1939 fair, although temporary, had a much more effective look of permanence.