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  1. I have no ability to draw or sketch but I do wonder why anyone would go to a world's fair and then sit to have a sketch or a portrait made. And judging by the sketch it looks like one of those caricature drawings.
  2. I had the great misfortune to have watched the movie, Sex Kittens Go To College on TCM. Oddly, it’s only redeeming aspect was the fact that one of the stars of this insipid film is Sam Thinko, a robot. But Sam was incognito for some reason. His real name is Elektro. The star of the Westinghouse 1939 pavilion. I really like TCM and learn a good deal from classic movies. As ridiculous as this 1960s bomb is, the fact remains that its best performer is the Westinghouse robot. Electro had a second career long after his starring role in 1939.
  3. Electro the Robot

    It’s hard to believe Elektro didn’t receive an Axademy Award nomination.
  4. Now that’s a photographic gem. So much of the fair’s architectural geometry is evident. If only the planners had given more thought to permanence when the buildings began to rise.
  5. The Fair From the Air

    It’s a good film although I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a promotional film of the NYWF that didn’t linger on the GM and Ford pavilions and, especially, the Pieta in the Vatican Pavilion.
  6. That’s good info. Thank you for sharing and welcome to this site! Keep posting!
  7. I wonder where that world’s fair bag and the little glide-a-ride things are today.
  8. A few new slides.

    Eric, I’ve never seen a closeup shot of Clotho. What a beautiful photograph. I sometimes wonder how many Fair visitors understood the statuary. Nevertheless, it’s a wonderful image. The photograph of The Four Freedoms at the far end of Constitution Mall is so rare. Well, I’ve never seen a shot like that and it’s just remarkable. One gets a real sense of the length of the Mall and whoever took that photo really captured the ephemeral beauty of the Fair: The Mall, the fireworks, the statuary. What a glorious moment in time forever captured on film. Eric, the two spotlights. Where were they located?
  9. A few new slides.

    How wonderful it could have been had 1939 statuary been designed as permanent features of the planned park. When the statues were created, virtually everyone believed the Fair would make a ton of money so why not include statuary for the magnificent park that was certain to follow? That shot of the Four Freedoms silhouetted against the evening sky is beautiful. It could not have been an emotionally easy task for those who were assigned to knock them down. Unless, of course, the demolition folks were total philistines.
  10. A few new slides.

    Eric, that second-to-last photograph of the Four Freedoms silhouetted by a setting sun near the Lagoon of Nations is quite wonderful especially for a visitor’s snapshot. When I look at that photo it feels like 1939. Eric, those are Leo Friedlander’s Four Freedoms, right? The Moods of Time were near the Theme Center. Paul Manship was the artist. That second photo caught me off guard. I’ve never seen it. Too bad Westinghouse didn’t include her in their Time Capsule.
  11. A few new slides.

    Great photos, Eric. The Four Freedom statues were epic. They provide a powerful image of that aspirational fair.
  12. Time to set sail!

    I feel like I should respond by saying “oh my god; did I say all of that aloud?!”
  13. Time to set sail!

    If I had visited the Fair on a day when everything--every pavilion, every exhibit, every restaurant, every souvenir shop, every Kodak photo spot, even the Brass Rail restaurants--had closed for the day for whatever reason, and my only world's fair option was to climb aboard that aluminum raft which looks as if it was assembled in someone's garage during a weekend and which clearly has no life vests and bob up and down on a decidedly polluted man made pond, I'd have to take a pass and forego the otherwise memorable lake view of the Fair parking lots. \
  14. Great photos. It must have been a beautiful setting for the GGIE. Had it been the only world’s fair in 1939, that fair would rank as one of the best but it lived in the shadow of the Trylon and Perisphere.
  15. HO Scale Amusement Park Opens

    That Ferris wheel is truly amazing!!
  16. A nice day at Chrysler in 1964

    Great shot; so crisp and clear. But nobody is using any chairs and there are so few people . I wonder what the photographer thinking. Was he aiming at the folks in the distance or going for a post card image?
  17. The "other" First National City Bank

    Today it’s Citibank.
  18. Book about the Masonic Center

    Following the end of the Fair, the Masonic symbol from in front of the pavilion was relocated to the Masonic Home in Utica, NY. https://hightstown-apollo41.org/the-masonic-brotherhood-center-at-the-1964-new-york-worlds-fair/
  19. I don’t know if it’s ok to post this here but I want to say that I grieve for New York City. The covid 19 virus is beating the hell out of that great city and there is no end in clear sight. The death toll for Friday, just in the five boroughs , was nearly 700. And it appears covid hot spots are now popping up in Suffolk and Nassau counties. I never thought I’d live to see such a thing as this. With all of our modernity and electronic wizardry, and a century removed from the last great pandemic in 1918, we are still no match for an invisible virus. These are desperate days for the greatest city in the world and its nearly nine million people.
  20. And Wayne, considering how many times it was scheduled for demolition or that loud critics continued to demand its removal, it is truly remarkable it’s still there. And how vacant Paris would seem without that masterpiece.
  21. Speaking of lockdown or whatever it’s called, NBC News reports today (3.31.20) that a part of the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow Corona Park will be used as a field hospital for victims of Coronavirus. The precise location is the Billie Jean King stadium. And yes, I just noticed the word Corona in the name of the park. That’s really rather weird.
  22. Sad news - a member has passed away

    I am so sorry to hear this news. He enriched this site with his knowledge and enthusiasm.
  23. The BIE is not relevant or at least it should not be in making this decision It has not spent one single cent to build anything at Expo 2020. The BIE’s irrelevance cannot be measured by any existing device. Remember that the IOC had virtually no intention of postponing the Tokyo Olympic Summer Games. Their slogan, “the games must go on,” was finally called into question when member nations. specifically Canada and Australia, announced they would not send their teams to Tokyo because of covid 19. Other nations announced the same intent and the US Olympic swimming organization expressed its desire that the games be postponed. If the Expo 2020 planners deem it best to postpone their exposition they should do so and ignore anything coming from the BIE. The BIE is an anachronism. Some of the greatest fairs in history were planned, built and enjoyed without “official sanction” of the BIE.. The BIE contributes nothing to any exposition. It builds nothing and offers no financial support. Robert Moses may have been correct over fifty years ago when he called the BIE “a bunch of old men in.a dingy Paris apartment.” In this situation, the BIE is desperately trying to justify its existence if it attempts to interfere in this exposition’s decision and its opinion doesn’t amount to a hill of beans.
  24. Belgem Waffles with Insect Butter?

    Why would anybody want to make something like that?
  25. Perisphere Play

    It’s an absolutely wonderful photograph in its own way. It captures a quite moment in time. Those two kids have the entire Theme Center to themselves. I cannot fully explain but this is exactly the type of photograph that makes me want to return to the Park and try to find and stand on the exact spot where those two are playing, to just stand there and look at the photograph and feel transported to another time. Thank you very much for sharing this with us.