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Everything posted by Jim

  1. Yikes. That’s a rather creepy view. It looks like an enormous fungus.
  2. A different angle on the Port Authority

    I’ve never quite known what to make of that building. It’s massive and so 1960s. But it seems so out of place, so overwhelming. That 1960s Manhattan skyline sure has changed in the past 55 years.
  3. I just noticed one has to pay thirty five bucks. I would bet virtually every member of this web site would be able to conduct a world’s fair tour far better than anyone else any where. Just a guess....
  4. Impressive beyond any words I can think to write.
  5. Trylon & Perisphere Gravesite

    This was the topic of a thread five or six years ago. I contacted Kensico Cemetery at that time and they had absolutely no idea why this cemetery monument resembles the Trylon and Perisphere. All they were able to offer is the name of the burial and the fact that the lot is provided with perpetual care. As I recall there is only one grave on this lot. Kensico is the final resting place of many remarkable New Yorkers including the great Lou Gehrig.
  6. Night at the Chrysler pavilion, May 1964

    Their sales were in third place as well. AMC was fourth in sales at that time.
  7. That’s my guess as well—a translating device.
  8. I have a full size NYWF flag and nobody who sees it knows what it is. The most popular guess is that it has something to do with the UN. I’m certain there are flag companies that would design a specialty flag but that may require a significant number of flags be made for it to be cost effective. I would also bet that very few of those first attempt at a 1964-65 flag were made. In the end, the Fair settled on a design and colors almost identical to the 1939 official flag. PS: The aerial view shows just how much of the 1939 acreage was not used in 1964. Everything above what had been the Lagoon of Nations and what was the Court of Peace, the Federal Building and a host of international pavilions was not used during the second Fair.
  9. If anyone did fall into the river that current would sweep them away very quickly.
  10. Even in a drenching rain the crowds converged on Expo.
  11. Does this mean that stuff was dumped at the site after the 1939 Fair? Or was it all a part of the debris and ashes dumped there prior to the 1939 Fair?
  12. Bill, do you know the location of that motel and is it still there in some form?
  13. I can’t remember but was it cool for guys to wear white socks with denims? There are two kids behind the tiara girls and two on the bench to the right.
  14. Another aerial view from early 1964

    I’ve often marveled that these fairs attracted FAR more people in one season than any amusement or theme park could ever hope to attract. Nearly fifty one million packed Expo 67 in one season and while the 1964-65 NYWF didn’t do as well, the more than 25 million each season is a huge number. No theme park can even aspire to attendance numbers like those
  15. Another aerial view from early 1964

    Over 41 years of teaching high school and college history classes I often told stories about this fair, about Expo 67 and about many of the great world expositions. Each was a snapshot of a moment in time and a reflection of the hopes, dreams and even fears of their respective age. Almost to a person, students expressed disbelief that such events came and went and even defined an era. They were stunned that so little remains of any of these events and many expressed regret that they might never experience anything quite like these ephemeral fairs.
  16. High above the Fair!

    Another one of those amazing photos that captures a precise moment in time. But almost everything in that scene is just memory.
  17. Another aerial view from early 1964

    It’s still incredible to consider virtually everything in this photo is gone and has been for over fifty years.
  18. Beautiful shot and you're right, it was massive but not really inspired architecture.
  19. Imaginary Photographs 1939/64

    I would give just about anything to have one hour at the 1939 Fair and if all I was able to see was the Trylon and Perisphere I would be very happy.
  20. I think there is a very old thread that maps the footprint of the 1939 Theme Center with a superimposed 1964 Theme Center. I remember the thread but it must be ten or more years ago. I really like this pre-opening view. The Perisphere is still enclosed in scaffolding and the geometry of the entire fair grounds is so fresh and wonderful.
  21. Beautiful photograph; it is impressive how the Astronomer is framed by the theme center.
  22. It might be but the Berlin Airlift was just that—airplanes carrying food, medical supplies, clothing and even Christmas gifts. All other routes into West Berlin had been cut off at the border. The airplanes flew into Tempelhoff airport in Berlin. And the Airlift took place fifteen years earlier. That looks more like a display of the air, rail and auto routes which linked West Berlin with the Federal Republic in the 1960s. Just a guess...
  23. A different sort of view of the US Space Park

    The flag is at half staff for Dr. King or that is what I think is correct if it’s April of 1968.
  24. Some fun items online

    I found myself interested in the high school yearbooks and their references to the NYWF. I had totally forgotten that I still have my farther's 1939 Syracuse University yearbook, The Onandagan. The front cover is a stylized image of the Trylon and Perisphere and there are several references to the theme of the World of Tomorrow in the yearbook. https://www.ebay.com/i/283469868351?chn=ps&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-117182-37290-0&mkcid=2&itemid=283469868351&targetid=538495483575&device=c&mktype=pla&googleloc=9005388&poi=9060109&campaignid=6470552634&mkgroupid=81274458647&rlsatarget=pla-538495483575&abcId=1139336&merchantid=108612311&gclid=EAIaIQobChMInp-kl5Xr5QIVTP_jBx1RFgArEAQYASABEgIpB_D_BwE
  25. WQXR Radio-June 10, 1965 Program on Fair

    She mentions Radcliffe. I suspect that influenced her accent if she indeed was a student there.