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Everything posted by Jim

  1. I see your point, Ken. Industry generally refers to manufacturing. But it also means diligence and dedicated work. Once other cities hosted fairs (19th Century) and got out of the copycat Crystal Palace business and turned their expositions into an actual community dedicated to a theme, they were far from away from a trade fair. Something entirely new was created.
  2. While industry plays a large role in the great expositions, I don't think that equates them with the concept of a trade fair. The greatest fairs attracted significant international participation. Trade fairs remind me of that so-called "Kitchen Debate" when Vice President Nixon had an impromptu debate with Soviet Premier Khrushchev in Moscow in 1959. They debated who made the most and best appliances and machinery at a Moscow Trade Fair full of displays of that stuff. They stood in a model kitchen and argued about refrigerators and ovens. That's quite different from an event that hosts significant numbers of nation states highlighting their history, culture, political systems, future goals and achievements. The 1939 NYWF was no trade fair. It really was an international exposition with sixty nations participating in some significant form.
  3. I posted the above comment on the wrong thread so I’ve tried to recreate it in the Lisbon fair thread. I must have been really tired or something.
  4. The info I found indicates this was an exposition where only Portuguese colonies and independent Brazil were invited to participate. The info also stated that the 1940 NYWF was a “trade fair.” Well, that’s what the internet site said but I don’t believe it!!!
  5. I had never really heard much about that 1940 Lisbon exposition. So I looked up some info and it appears only Portuguese colonies and independent Brazil were invited to attend. The site also referred to the 1939 NYWF AS A “trade fair.”
  6. It looks like something from Close Encounters. On another note, most news outlets said that Iran recently threatened to launch missile attacks on Haifa and in Dubai if war should come to pass. Not one newscaster even mentioned Dubai’s world’s fair plans. There was a time when a city hosting a world’s fair was big news. I guess not any more although a middle attack would certainly put a dent in attendance figures. I’d put up with a tornado just to see a great fair, but a missile attack would put a wet blanket on the best of plans.
  7. Interesting. The family with the young girl and boy appear to be comfortably dressed. No heavy jackets or coats. But when one scans to the right, that group of adults, especially the women, look as if they’re dressed for a polar vortex. I like the boy’s sweater but that’s because I had one much like it at the time. Now I realize I could wear it for ugly sweater day.
  8. American history is full of tragic stories of demolition. On a national level one of the greatest losses was Pennsylvania Station in NYC but every town and every city has an equally regretful story of lost magnificence. 1960s urban renewal made such demolition acceptable until the results produced uninspired and sometimes unfortunate changes. As I look at this photo it makes me wonder what history might be like if the Romans had demolished the Coliseum and replaced it with something new with better seating, larger brightly lighted locker rooms for the gladiators and visiting captives preparing for battle, more snack bars and souvenir stands and sky boxes for member of the Senate. And of course, a much larger parking area for chariots. Maybe building with steel makes demolition and replacement far too tempting and far too easy. Fortunately, the Pyramids are constructed with twenty ton blocks of stone or somebody would have proposed replacing them with something more “modern.”
  9. Another post-Fair view from April 1968

    There is a dreariness to this photo. The park in 1968 was one vast, endless empty place. It's so totally devoid of structures that the Unisphere seems dwarfed by the loneliness of the place.
  10. Waiting for the fireworks, June 1964

    I agree. Perfect photo and perfect time of day
  11. Interesting article but no matter how long I look at the photograph I do not see how expo 2020’s “Sustainability pavilion recalls the towers of New York’s 1964 fair.”
  12. Light crowds on this day in June 1965

    Excellent photograph. I can almost feel the warmth and humidity in the moments before the front blows through the Fair.
  13. Oh, these lucky people

    It reminds me of the episode of I Love Lucy when Ricky and Fred trick their wives into wearing horse feed bags as a hat because the women believe the things were created by a famous Parisian designer. Truth is if those women were forced to wear those things when they were in public they would be indignant. People wear some strange crap (convinced it’s cool or charming or something) when it’s their own choice, however. I still remember standing there and absorbing that view. One could almost touch the Unisphere
  14. claimed to be NYWF

    I found the same thing. Founded in 1973...
  15. That’s about the view the passengers of Flight 33 saw in that Twilight Zone episode.
  16. Happy New Year! T&P RARE

    It’s amazing how positively creative humans can be when we put our best selves into a project. These photos are proof.
  17. Futurama 64/65 Inspired?

    If I correctly recall, Lowell on the tv sitcom. Wings, once sold a device called the Car-B-Cue. The company slogan was something to the effect: “Remember when hitting a possum was sad? Well, now it’s a party!” And Roy Biggins who ran Aeromass Airlines purchased one because he was driving to Virginia that weekend and had always wanted to try Peking Duck. Funny enough but there is no question that very few people in 1965 understood the incredible tragedy of destroying habitats and forests in the name of mechanized progress. The stunning loss of Amazon rainforest this year, alone, is evidence that we now know much better what is good for our collective futures. The problem is we’re still not ready to do what is fully necessary to save our fragile planet.
  18. Say goodnight to the Fair

    I so clearly remember standing on the train platform and looking back over the Fair. It was early September of 1965 and it was a warm, late summer evening. The Fair glittered with such color that it has forever remained in my memory. I knew I would never see it again and I kept looking until our train arrived. I did not know the meaning of the word, ephemeral, in 1965 but I understood the concept and that I had spent two days at the event of a lifetime.
  19. My god it looks like a Florida post hurricane photo from the present day. I sort of feel sorry for those abandoned palm trees. Everything was viewed as disposable in 1965.
  20. It looks like a parade float created in one of those awful 19th century insane asylums. The garbage strewn underneath is a nice touch, however. I can’t imagine why this exhibit wasn’t more popular....
  21. Why would anyone want to claim that vehicle in a parking lot?
  22. I wonder if the photographer knew this young woman or simply knew a memorable photo subject when he, or she, saw one.
  23. That’s how I remember Expo. By June planners, directors, visitors and the press had to realize Expo was already an extraordinary success beyond anyone’s imagination.
  24. Lunch, anyone?

    I like the hats.
  25. Wow. Everyone there is trim and well dressed.