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Jim

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  1. I don’t clearly remember this bronze from my 1965 visit to the Fair but I knew I had seen it somewhere when I opened this thread. Its official name is “On The Circuit” and it was created in 1963 and then loaned by the sculptor to the state of Illinois for their NYWF pavilion. The original still exists at New Salem State Park in Illinois. However, there is a duplicate casting at SUNY College of Environmental Forestry at Syracuse University and that’s where I have seen it and remember it. About ten years ago it was relocated a few yards to accommodate construction on the ESF campus (which is adjacent to the Syracuse University Carrier Dome) and safely restored and reestablished in front of one of ESF’s main academic buildings. The sculptor, Anna Hyatt Huntington (an ESF alum), and her husband also donated a large parcel of land in the Adirondack High Peaks and it is now the SUNY ESF Ecological Center. It makes use of 15,000 acres of one of the most famous of the Adirondack Great Camps built by William West Durant.
  2. Even the little ticket booths have an Art Deco flair.
  3. I agree. This is incredible information. Thank you for sharing this with us. And as a fan of the 1901 Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, you’ve taught me a good deal about the Chicago House Wrecking Company which demolished that fair when it closed.
  4. Aerial view of Ford

    George, that is wonderful information. Every now and then persons with great civic virtue unite to save a building that has a great story to share. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there were enough people in NYC who would battle to amp talk save the 1964 NYS Pavilion? When I was a young kid living near Syracuse, community leaders were eager to build a massive interstate highway project through and around that small city. In the way, however, was the (at the time) 130 year old Erie Canal Weighlock Building, the only structure like it in the world. Canal packet boats were steered into a lock type area and gates closed fore and aft leaving the flat bottomed packet sitting on enormous scales which calculated the weight of the boat. The weight was compared to the weight of the boat which had been measured before the boat had been loaded. This allowed Canal authorities to determine the fee. in 1962, just months before scheduled demolition, civic minded citizens raised the money to purchase and save this 19th Century technical marvel. It was restored and, over time, the surrounding area was restored to a post Civil War look and a remarkable museum and tribute to the Erie Canal was created. Every other Upstate NY city had demolished their weighlock buildings, but Syracuse saved theirs and it tells a fascinating story to this day. Your information makes me hope I can someday visit the San Diego Rotunda. Thank you for all of the great history.
  5. Aerial view of Ford

    The earlier comment about saving the Ford Rotunda is interesting and I never saw it until now. Ford did save its Century of Progress rotunda and it was moved to Dearborn after the Chicago fair closed. It stood for almost thirty more years and It was a highlight for people in the Detroit metro area every Christmas season. It was transformed into a Christmas holiday wonderland and every day for a month or more school, club, church and other groups traveled to see the spectacular decorations. The massive Rotunda burned in the early 1960s as they result of a roofing accident when hot tar ignited . The structure was a total loss. The site remains empty today but Rotunda Drive still circles the location.
  6. The two metro systems with which I have a fair amount of familiarity as a rider are Montreal and Washington, DC. However, those systems are much newer (Montreal opened its first lines in late 1966 and DC opened its first lines in the late 1970s). Today, DC has half the mileage of NYC while Montreal has about a third of NYCs mileage. Montreal’s entire Metro system is below ground and much of the DC Metro is below ground with surface lines outside of the District of Columbia in suburban Virginia and Maryland. Montreal is currently expanding and is looking to also add a surface light rail system. Both learned from NYC’s successes and errors. And each system has some remarkably appealing stations. Considering when and how NYC’s subway system was built and how many millions of people it carries every day it is still a remarkable operation.
  7. Bill, how about the New York Historical Society. They have a large collection of ephemera from both fairs and seem to prize what they have. I have made arrangements with them for a part of my collection
  8. The opening line of O Canada and one of the world’s most beautiful national anthems.
  9. That’s a cute photo of three buddies exploring Man And His World.
  10. I’ve often thought that Canadians love flags and most of their provincial flags are quite unique and beautiful. Montreal is bedecked with banners year round and they seem to exude pride and joy in whatever they represent. Those deep blue Expo 67 flags were ubiquitous in Montreal during the Exposition summer. How I wish I could find one today. They were elegant.
  11. Is the QMA actually accepting memorabilia from the two world’s fairs? Twenty or more years ago, the QMA rather vociferously announced that it was deaccessioning much of its world’s fair collections and concentrate on developing itself as an art museum which might one day rival its counterparts in Manhattan. Did the museum proceed with that plan or has it since reversed itself?
  12. Remember the Maine!

    Another example of post Expo use that didn’t really seem convincing. It looks more like a place one might find a quilt display and not anything quite so 20th Century as electricity.
  13. One of my favorite pavilions

    The 1939 Fair was over 1,200 acres and the 1964 Fair was 646 acres. Just how large was that react of land that held the Court of Peace, the Federal Building and so many international pavilions? Is it correct that, today, it remains park land?
  14. That’s very interesting information. Thank you for sharing this with us.
  15. One of my favorite pavilions

    The physical location of the pavilion had a good deal to do with its noteworthy design. It’s location marked the one departure the 1964 Fair made from the 1939 Fair, The building marked the boundary of the 1964 Fair. In 1939, that location provided the spectacular panorama of Constitution Mall and the Theme Center in one direction and the Court of Peace and the Federal Building in the other direction. In 1964, the land that was the Court of Peace was not a part of the Fair and the designers of the 1964 Bell System pavilion had to produce a design that would provide stunning backdrop to conclude the vista from the Unisphere.. The architects clearly succeeded.
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