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  1. The photo makes me think of Dick Solomon (John Lithgow) on Third Rock From The Sun when he discovers cigarettes for the first time. He is sitting in his office with half a dozen packs of cigarettes lined up in front of him and is smoking two cigarettes at a time. In walks his secretary who tries to lecture him about the evils of smoking and she tells him tobacco can knock ten years off of one's life. Dick thinks for a moment and responds: "Yes but those ten years are at the end of your life and they're crappy anyway." On a secondary note, the flag on the distant UK pavilion tower is that of the city of Montreal. So this is Man and His World.
  2. Very cool discoveries. I've always liked the word "Odditorium." Those prices of 40 and 50 cents weren't exactly inexpensive in 1939.
  3. When Ya Gotta Go...

    I remember older women wearing shoes like those when I was very small. They always looked so uncomfortable. I wonder what is going on with the gentleman in the far right of this photograph.
  4. I send you good wishes, Eric, and I thank you for this wonderful photo and all of the photos you share with us. Best, Jim
  5. A few months ago The News, Buffalo's metropolitan newspaper, provided a selection of "then and now" photographs of the Pan American Exposition https://buffalonews.com/2018/09/06/gallery6469/#image=26 Many years ago, during the Centenary of the Pan, I toured the site. I clearly recall meeting a home owner on Elmwood Parkway directly across from the small memorial marking the site of The Temple of Music. He saw me take a few snapshots of the memoriaL plaque. Very friendly, he explained why that the memorial is misplaced and that the Temple of Music (where McKinley was shot) really should be placed on his property. He said that he has repeatedly measured distances using vintage maps. ,
  6. I found this article documenting the recent changes to Ile Ste Helene. https://archpaper.com/2019/10/former-expo-67-site-massive-renovation-lemay/
  7. Undeveloped film from 1964

    I agree. I often wonder what became of the families, friends and loved ones and why did nobody want those photos. Two thoughts: When the last of my mother's closest friends died about ten years ago, the deceased woman's family sorted through dozens of photograph albums and took snapshots that meant the most to each. All the rest they shared with the families of their mother's friends and allowed us to take any photos that had special memories for us. It was liked discovering a treasure chest of memories. Secondly, when my sister turned 60, I put all of our 1965 NYWF slides onto a dvd and I enlarged two photos which captured my sister and our father together. We lost him just two months after our Fair trip and that loss hurt her very much so those two beautiful snapshots, captured their deep affection half a century later. My sister had not seen those slides in fifty years and she loved discovering them and seeing us with our long departed parents. This may be the best gift I have ever given. The best way to preserve so many photographic memories may just be the good old fashion photograph album. Such albums capture the past even better than a time capsule.
  8. Stegosaurus Sighting

    Great information. Thank you for sharing this with us. You are living in a beautiful part of the world.
  9. Stegosaurus Sighting

    What a great find and many thanks for sharing. Also, I had no idea there was a senior citizen National Park pass. I have to look into that.
  10. Seen at the Berlin pavilion

    A moving tribute to JFK and one of the proudest moments of his brief presidency; I wonder where that memorial is today.
  11. I've seen this before but I'm glad you posted it What a terrible scene and what a loss it was. I sometimes thought that either the city or provincial governments might have considered fully restoring the dome for the 50th anniversary, but that never came to pass. I'm wondering if I can make out a little portion of the Autostade in the upper left. It's a very grainy photo but the stadium stood until later in that decade till it was bulldozed into a parking lot. . I also believe I can discern one of the NYS pavilion towers the lower right corner of the photo. I spent two days at the Montreal summer games just a few weeks after that epic fire.. Following the debacle of Munich in 1972, I don't recall any serious security presence during the Montreal games or in the city or on the crowded Expo Islands. But that was the final time I rode the mini rail. We climbed aboard on Ile Ste. Helene but were allowed to complete the original Expo tour right through the futuristic ghost town of Ile Notre Dame. There was a sadness to the place.
  12. That shot speaks volumes about the popularity of the USA pavilion.
  13. One for our detectives

    I agree. What a shame to cut a tree and display it in a form that amounts to a utility pole. I don't believe this could happen today--at least without a great deal of blow back. MacMilloan Bloedel was a Canadian lumber and paper company which frequently relied on clear cutting of pristine forests on the west coast. The company finally met with serious resistance to such policies in 1993 when it was learned they planned to clear cut forests on Clayoquot Sound near Vancouver. A blockade was created by environmentalists, land owners, indigenous people and others and MacMillan Bloedel put an end to clear cutting practices. Might it have been displayed near the Pulp and Paper Pavilion?
  14. "When time ran out"

    Wow. That thing cracked like an egg.
  15. I agree. It was a cool pavilion. I see the infamous Jane Parker sign way in the background.
  16. Interesting Toy

    That may be the coolest world's fair collectible I've ever seen.
  17. I liked the before and after photos of Ile Ste. Helene near the bottom. Sorry the other architectural images are not precise.
  18. https://www.claudecormier.com/en/projet/parc-jean-drapeau/ I found this interesting photo history of Parc Jean Drapeau, including the most current redesign of Ile Ste. Helene, and would like to share it with other Expo 67 fans.
  19. Trouble makers beware!

    Those trees (in the photo) have been pruned. There is virtually no growth and no branches on the lower part of the crowns of these trees. If they had not been pruned, there would be no view at all--especially in this photo.
  20. That photograph's colors are almost surreal. There is someone or something on the roadway near the automobile. And then there are the two streaks of light and what appears to be a vehicle near the truck. It doesn't seem possible that the photo hides every human being. Possibly the shot was taken in the dark hours after the Fair closed for the day. Or it's just another colorful yet sad explanation as to why the Fair didn't come close to its target attendance.
  21. Trouble makers beware!

    Twenty-five years isn't much in the life of a tree. Trees grow at various rates and some top out much shorter than others. I cannot quite tell by the leaves what those trees are but it is evident there has been some pruning at some point. The leaves look somewhat like oak but I'm not certain, but I'd bet they are 1939 trees transplanted there for that fair.
  22. Thank you for your post, Sheri. I loved your words: "When I last inhaled the beauty of Expo 67 was October 2008; it still blew me away." Your post is wonderful. Best, Jim
  23. https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/history-through-our-eyes/history-through-our-eyes-sept-7-1976-man-and-his-world The Gazette recently re-printed a September 7, 1976 editorial marking the closure of Man and His World for the season. It appears that the Gazette had a strong feeling that the experiment to keep Expo 67's spirit going forward was not doing well. I hope it is an interesting read.
  24. https://www.kqed.org/news/10593090/the-hazards-of-growing-up-on-treasure-island I found this short video, created by a high school student, which highlights the Naval Station hazards left behind after the military base closed. There are concerns that some portions of the land are radioactive. And there is talk about living on the island but no real acknowledgement of the 1939 World's Fair. It has to be remarkable, if one loves history, to understand what once happened or once existed on the ground where one lives. I hope that it proves to be interesting.