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  1. The water along the beaches of Lake Ontario become quite warm by July. Fair Haven beach, for example, can be like a Florida surf by August. However, it's all sand and one can walk out quite some distance and the water is warm. Deeper water isn't going to be like that especially into September and October.
  2. That water looks to be brutally cold. Buster Crabbe replaced Johnny Weissmuller in NY in 1939 and Gertrude Ederle joined the swimmers in 1939. As a total aside, TCM ran the film Sunday In New York a few weeks ago. Filmed on location in NYC in 1963, it stars Jane Fonda, Rod Taylor and Cliff Robertson. Simply because of the date the movie was created, I wondered if I might spot something, anything, that would make reference to the upcoming 1964 NYWF. And I did find something. On Fifth Avenue in front of the mezzanine one leading to the ice rink at Rockefeller Center, a NYC metro bus stops to either take on or discharge Fonda and Taylor. There, on the front of the bus is an advertisement for The 1964 New York World's Fair. I had been watching the, advertising cards inside of the various bus scenes but could not spot a Fair reference and then I spotted the advertising card on the front of the bus. It's a small find, I realize, but it made my day.
  3. Monorail fortunes, which made a strong forward step in Seattle in 1962, didn't do itself much good by allowing 1964 AMF entry to be displayed with the midway rides. Rather than circle the fairgrounds and/or serve as some form of visitor transportation, it was merely an attraction, a carnival ride. It didn't sell itself as a dynamic and possible transport system of the future. And here we are 55 years later with monorails more of a curiosity than a significant form of mass transit.
  4. Night comes to the Fair

    Larry, I believe you had the coolest job in the world. Jim
  5. I can remember the loud clicking sound the Zenith Space Command TV Remote Control used to make. Thus the name "clicker," as in ":where's the damn clicker? The game has already started." I still call it a clicker but there isn't a single soul under 40 who knows why.
  6. Holy crap. Telephone books are veritable time capsule and they, as a utility item, are fast disappearing. It is hard to imagine that some museum or library would not value it as a primary for Montreal in 1967. Even in a digital era, there will remain a place for hard copy sources.Print media and handwritten letters will always hold value.
  7. What a cool place it was in 1967 and remains in 2019.
  8. All things Expo 67

    Ron, I think it has more to do with the influence of the BIE and their granting of various types and sizes of expositions. I believe that makes 2030 the earliest possibility and it allows for a an excellent t amount of time for planning and preparation. Having said this, it doesn't appear that Mr Rotrand's proposal has received much support or at least I have not seen any further news stories about this idea. Jim
  9. The Schaefer Center

    My father was determined to eat at the Schaffer Centre and he was not disappointed. I remember it was remarkably elegant, had good food and was very comfortable and cool. To this day, I have one small souvenir, a sugar cube I took from the bowl on the table. It has a photo of the Schaffer Centre on one side and the Unisphere on the other. On one edge are the words "The Internatioal Exposition at Flushing Measdow.." A fifty two year old sugar cube...
  10. All things Expo 67

    A gentleman named Marvin Rotrand who is the Montreal councilman for Snowdon (Cote-des Neiges--Notre Dame de Grace) has suggested that the city begin preparations to make a formal proposal to the BIE to host an Expo 30. His ideas appeared in the Montreal Gazette on February 6, 2019. Welcome to this site, Ron. We all learn from each other so please keep posting.
  11. All things Expo 67

    I believe the website for the proposed Expo 17 is still available although the idea never got off the ground.
  12. What pavilion? Johnny Carson show

    I'm fairly certain that I saw a shot of the DuPont pavilion right near the end of that intro sequence.
  13. The Dominican Republic pavilion

    The US invaded the Dominican Republic in 1965. It was not the first time nor was it universally welcomed by Dominicans.
  14. High over the Fair

    Incredible photograph...
  15. I believe they were members of the Daughters of Charity. Interestingly, nuns of this same order appear in the final scene of Meet Me In St. Louis when the family is visiting the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.
  16. I wonder if those two people are.
  17. Now that's appealing. They look like refugees.
  18. There are two kids with matching shirts in the background.
  19. Aerial Tower Ride & Waffle Restaurant

    There's not a cloud in the sky.
  20. Entrance to the Chrysler islands

    I still have my Chrysler VIP tag. Every visitor got one.
  21. Can anyone identify these slides?

    My father bought two sets of slides just like these and then included them with the slides he took. He spent quite a few minutes selecting the ones he wanted. They came in a long pack of maybe six or eight slides. I still have them. I will check them to see what other identifying information there might be.
  22. What a great find. I didn't realize this building was still there. It is rather nondescript; however, it is unfortunate it has to go'.
  23. This is a cool idea and what you have so far reminds me of what I missed. My mother asked me to visit just two pavilions to be able to report back to her: Austria and West Germany. I made it to West Germany but never got to Austria. I cannot remember why. Anyway, I see you're making your own photo montage to mesh with the audio recording. It's an excellent project. I've seen most of those photographs before. Are they in the public domain?
  24. The go-karts were a 1965 addition

    That's pretty much what happened in 1940 after the USSR pavilion had been removed. The Fair had no exhibitor for that rather significant space so it became the American Common which was basically an empty space with grass. And that was a lot more appealing than that go-cart thing in 1965. Looking any those go-cart photos, I can almost hear Bette Davis saying "what a dump!".
  25. I find Bill Bryson to be a creative and elegant writer and I am presently reading At Home: A Short History of Private Life, a book Mr. Bryson wrote about ten years ago. It is a well researched and very creative history of the evolution of middle class life in the UK. Mr. Bryson has alternated his home between New England and Scotland for close to 40 years. In any event, Chapter One is a must read for any world's fair enthusiast. Mr. Bryson focuses his attention like a laser beam on the 1851 Great Exhibition. The entire greenhouse concept was never envisioned by those planning the exhibition. With only two years to plan and construct the buildings, time had been wasted in angry and unproductive "committee" meetings. Enter Joseph Paxrton, a private gardener, a land owner and a Liberal M P representing Coventry. Recognizing that the Exhibition planners were in trouble and that too much time had already passed for the planners to have time to complete a suitable display building. Paxton contacted the committee and proposed what amounted to a vastly enlarged version model of a smaller greenhouse he had built for his plants. His glass and iron design would be called The Great Conservatory. Paxton had created and developed a stronger prefabricated glass and he had developed techniques for construction with iron. He promised completion in twelve months and would build a conservatory that was 1,848 feet long, 408 feet wide and 108 feet tall. It required 4,500 tons of iron, 60,000 square feet of timber and 293.000 panes of glass. It took 2,000 men just eight months to complete what would become the largest indoor space on earth and it came in well under budget. To prevent too much trapped heat, Paxton designed three foot panes of glass to open and close and encourage air flow. Vast ground level pools snd the largest fountain complex in the world, at that time, also helped to cool the temperatures in the building. In the center of the vast structure, there was a brick paved promenade lined by dozens of full grown oak trees. Twenty-five thousand plants and trees from across the globe were planted and on display. Mr. Paxton saved the exhibition which was so well received that 6.5 million people paid for the thrill of exploring the inventions, machinery, artistry, food, clothing, music, dance, and science of over 60 participating nations. Much like Seattle Century 21 planner, Edward Carlson, who sketched his concept of a tower (which became the Space Needle) on the back of a cocktail napkin while sitting in a skyline defining tower in Stuttgart, Joseph Paxton drew his plans for the mammoth Hyde Park building on an ink blotter. What amounted to a simple doodle became the largest single structure in the world and won the imagination and devotion nearly seven million visitors in six months. Mr. Bryson continues his story with all sorts of additional statistics about the Crystal Palace and he describes its removal (led by Paxton) to Sydenham after the fair had ended. The fair had turned a profit and some of that money was used to pay for the preservation of the Crystal Palace. People loved it. I learned far more about the Great Exhibition and its spectacular Crystal Palace than I can relate here. I urge you to explore the first chapter. It 'is brilliant and endlessly fascinating. You'll become a Crystal Palace expert and you will be sorely tempted to read the entire book.