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  1. The recent thread with the Civil Engineering pavilion at the Brussels World's Fair sent me looking for more information and this film popped up (scroll down). Great tour of a wonderful fair. Thailand's entry in Brussels is at about 1:50. They sure got locked in to an architectural style for exposition road shows in the 50s and 60s.
  2. There for just a few months

    Well, whatever it might be, considering that there is a canal behind the stand and the entire thing is exposed to the elements, I suspect some sort of protective cord would be needed if that's what it is. I know I'd want one. It was 1964. The product safety codes fifty-five years ago were pretty lax. I remember my father messing with a power cord the thickness of a garden hose to light up a front yard tree at Christmas time over fifty years ago. I'll bet that cord was thirty years old at that time. Or...maybe that was the detonator for the long discussed impending implosion of the Belgian Village at the close of the Fair. All she needed was a signal from her boss.
  3. JFK Airport TWA Hotel

    Thank you so much for sharing this information. The TWA Hotel is an inspired concept for saving a magnificent structure and honoring its history and providing a service to New Yorkers and guests from across the globe. What a beautiful place it is today. I feared it might go the way of Pennsylvania Station.
  4. There for just a few months

    Maybe it's just a radio. Many photos suggest there was often plenty of down time when daily attendance was low.
  5. Was Ringling Brothers really there? I don't recall that at all.
  6. Let's visit the Lake Mall, shall we?

    The multi level expressway in the background certainly speaks volumes about the overall ambience (or lack thereof) of the Amusement Zone in 1964. I've been to rural county fairs with more charm than we see in this rather chaotic scene. What is the date on the photo? People are wearing sweaters and jackets. Maybe it was the final weeks of 1965 and Fair crew had begun the process of throwing in the towel and just let the sign dangle there. The ticket booth to the dancing waters looks like it was swiped from the East Cheesecake County Fair held every year at Elk Snout, Nebraska. I'll still never quite understand finally getting to a world's fair, ANY world's fair, and then hanging in what amounts to the carnival section. Chicago in 1893 had the first Midway and it held some remarkable charms from the Ferris Wheel to native villages to hoochee coochee dancers. I get the appeal of that particular amusement area just as I understand the allure of the 1939 NY Amusement Zone (Hey, there was a naked woman frozen in a block of ice for god's sake) but why plan a trip and devote time to carnival rides you could easily find at any amusement park or state fair? With all of the once-in-a-lifetime experiences across the fairgrounds what is the appeal of bumper cars? On top of that, the pavilions with their spectacular shows and rides were FREE.
  7. A very rare souvenir!

    I'll bet the bidding on this will make the three thousand dollar Expo flag look like chump change
  8. Do you know where to find an Expo flag, Bill? I mean other than the 3K version.
  9. I saw it and wish I could get one but 3 grand is ludicrous. That's a $500 price drop, however. It was 3,500 bucks two days ago.
  10. Thank you, Wayne. I'm using a Mac but I'll bet it's a similar process.
  11. You supply the caption

    No caption. If this was in my family collection and I could be identified as one of this three hapless souls touching stuff in that weird little exhibit, I'd burn the photograph and possibly the entire house just to be certain the thing was really gone.
  12. Well, speaking of the Expo experience, Montreal city councilor, Marvin Rotrand, is proposing Montreal prepare to place a bid for Expo 30. The article appears in the February 6 edition of the Montreal Gazette. He is nearing retirement after 39 years as a councilor from Snowden (Cote-des-Neiges---Notre Dame-de-Grace) but notes there are two years before the Expo 30 bids will be considered and that would provide the City with much more time to build the fair than it had for Expo 67. He sees the idea as a potential economic and civic boost. Well, every world's fair promotor has had that thought. Nevertheless, he suggests that Parc Jean Drapeau is an ideal site but recognizes with all of the current renovations taking place, it might not work for a fair location and there are other possibilities. At 67, he has powerful memories of "the golden summer" of 1967 and thinks it might be possible to recreate that spirit. I recall that's what initially sparked the concept for the 1964-65 NYWF--an opportunity to recreate the wonder of the 1939 Fair. In any event, he is urging the mayor and city council to consider his idea. It's a very cool idea but I sort of doubt I'll be around for an Expo 30. The web address is endless and I never manage to correctly record them. So here's the thing: Search Bill Brownstein, Montreal Gazette (he is the author of the article) or search Expo 67; hit news, and the story will appear.
  13. I cannot recall if I mentioned this in an earlier post. Moshe Safdie's apartment in Habitat has been totally refurbished and is now open to the public for tours. https://www.dezeen.com/2018/11/27/moshe-safddie-architects-habitat-67-renovation/ If it does not open search Expo 67 then hit news. The story appears that way. It's worth a look at the stunning interior and exterior photos. If you go to the de zeen website via this link and type Habitat in the search box, this story and several other Habitat stories will open.
  14. Now where did we park?

    Eek c'est une souris!
  15. Sitting Behind the Wheel

    That's a cool photograph. Two beautiful kids now pushing age 60. Time waits for no-one.
  16. I suppose that's accurate, Annabelle. I've thought that myself. However, the difference between Disney and something like Expo 67 (or any great world's fair) might be that Expo was ephemeral. It existed for just six months and then was gone. It really was a metaphorical snapshot of Canada and the world in a precise moment in time. Even as Man And His World existed, it never recaptured the imagination and spirit of Expo. It's brief time is a part of the reason nearly 51 million people stormed the gates in 1967. There would never be another opportunity. And it gave every exhibitor the chance to try to provide a display that might be remembered for a lifetime and so many did just that. Disney is there and may be there for decades to come. Those parks, because they are commercial ventures, will be updated and "improved" over all those coming years. The attractions will aim at the imagination in order to make big money for Disney but will never have the spark of competing Soviet and USA pavilions or the fleeting magic of Labyrinth or the pride of the Canada pavilion. I suspect none of us will ever see an event with the spirit and joy of Expo again, however, and have not for fifty two years. I also suspect I'm preaching to the choir because you were able to live the Expo experience in such a wonderful way. Jim
  17. In an academic way, both films (Canada 1967 and To Be Alive) tell a wonderful story about how people viewed life and the world around them in the mid-1960s. They are remarkable primary sources.
  18. Add a bit of oil and that pretty much explains what sardines experience in their can.
  19. One of the Tilden PediCabs

    Those pedicab drivers must have been wiped out at the end of a long, hot and humid day.
  20. Where was Engineer's Plaza located? Is that plaque still there today? What was the fountain?
  21. When folks come to visit

    I recently read that Moshe Safdie's duplex apartment in Habitat was renovated in 2018 and is now open to the public for tours. www.https://www.dezeen.com/2018/11/27/moshe-safdie-architects-habitat-67-renovation/ PS: Allow me to add: Holy crap, my typed web address as a link finally, actually works. Tomorrow I'm going to take photos of all the flying pigs.
  22. TWA Rocket to the Moon

    What is the location of that spaceship thing?
  23. Got your passport handy?

    I've read that stamped Expo passports have become very popular collectibles at flea markets and antique shows.
  24. I'll always remember the part of the film when the Mounties, in 360 degrees and on horseback with lances drawn, charge toward the camera. It took my breath away.
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