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  1. Touring the American Interiors Pavilion

    These photos remind me of the rooms in the bomb shelter in the movie, "Blast From The Past."

    The plan for the NYS pavilion came true due to the idiotic logic of the Fair Corporation in the final months. If by the words, "may be altered," they meant neglect, no funding, rust, rot and graffiti artists, they were correct. And if their words "recreation center" envisioned drug deals, ruining the Texaco map with ten million roller skate wheels and fifty years of searing summers and frigid winters slowly devouring the pavilion, then the Corporation was spot on.
  3. Got some time to kill?

    Doug, I think you just have to live long enough to be older than dirt. Or you have to have been the first visitor through the turnstiles at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Or which ever comes first. Then you're a lifer. Jim
  4. Got some time to kill?

    As I remember back almost fifty five years I recall waiting in lines at Johnson's Wax (the film, "To Be Alive," was on everyone's list), GE (for reasons stated above), Bell Telephone. Vatican, GM and Ford. I believe we even stood in line at The Schaefer Center. I remember my mother spent several weeks prior to our trip talking to friends who had visited the Fair. She even brought along a list of pavilions her many friends said were a "must see," and it was annotated with stars (four meant don't think of returning home without seeing it and one meant that the exhibit wasn't much but it might offer a cold beer, a good meal, or unique souvenirs). Anything below a one was relegated to the "you can see that schlock at the New York State Fair for crying out loud." And that included every ride at the Fair except the Swiss Sky ride and the Uniroyal Tire Ferris Wheel. And she stuck to that list with a great deal of pride and she only veered off of it when she discovered there was an Austrian pavilion (she was Austrian) and when my Dad located the bar in the Ireland pavilion. He was Irish. OK, in truth, they veered off the list one more Time when we passed Lowenbrau Gardens on a hot afternoon.
  5. Got some time to kill?

    My family waited for quite a few pavilion attractions and this was one of therm. I agree some, today, might not elect to wait for an attraction like this, but in 1965, we sure did. It wasn't even open for discussion. GE was a highly regarded company and its pavilion won all sorts of praise, if not from official critics, it did come from the millions of regular folks who visited the Fair. And the GE presentation was novel and remarkably creative for 1965. We didn't have personal computers and most didn't even have color television yet. So a demonstration like the Carousel of Progress where the audience moved around the presentation which used robotic creations that seemed so life like was a wonder of that era. The entire Fair was filled with such wonders and it was our great good fortune that we all stood in long lines and waited to get in. Those lines were a testament to the marvels inside and they have allowed me a lifetime of happy memories.
  6. Pictures of the Day

    The photograph of "tasty fish straight from the North Sea" is creepy. And those white things along the base of the plate remind me of prescription bottles. Maybe they were just that because anyone who would try to eat that pile would need a variety of prescriptions.
  7. https://pokemongohub.net/post/event/montreal-safari-zone-2019/ Scroll down through the Pokemon stuff and there is an aerial video of Ile Ste. Helene as it looks today.
  8. If there had been real plans to take care of the park it would have been cool if the fountainhead remained.
  9. Anyone want to go for a ride?

    I thought I had read, some years ago, that the Great Adventure cars had been changed and the 1964 cars became history. Fifty five years is a very long time for a cable car. I wouldn't want to get into one. Oddly enough, there is a news story, today, about British Columbia's Sea to Sky gondolas crashing to the ground after what appears to be a deliberate act by someone who cut the cables. Thirty or more cars crashed but did so at night when the gondolas were idle. It's a crime scene but, fortunately, nobody was hurt. During the day the gondolas carry about 240 people at any one time.
  10. I gotta defend myself. Every now and then I type in Expo 67 then click on news. Any recent news story that contains those words pops up and, in this case, it was a strange story about some sort of Pokemon festival in the Parc. And this time there was the attached aerial video of Ile Ste. Helene and I found it quite compelling.
  11. https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/appreciation-in-1967-yves-jasmin-made-montreal-go-viral This is a Montreal Gazette tribute to Yves Jasmin, the head of public relations for Expo 67. He died last month at the age of 97. Among his contributions was the remarkable full page advertisement in Life and Look magazines that depicted the USSR pavilion with the caption: "Look what the Russians are building forty miles from the USA. As an American you should look into it." The Gazette praises Mr Jasmin's "efforts and work ethic" for the stunning success of Expo 67. He had hoped Expo might attract thirty million people. Because of Mr Jasmin's creativity, however, "Expo's turnstiles clicked over fifty million times."
  12. A May 1965 view of a kitchen display

    "The Kitchen Side of Marriage"? Holy crap.
  13. Those shrines are such a wonderful part of Quebec heritage. I'm thinking of St. Joseph Oratory and St. Anne de Beaupre in particular. And for over fifty years I've felt that Notre Dame de Montreal is one of the most beautiful human creations I've ever seen. That ethereal blue surrounding the main altar always takes my breath away. Thanks, Annabelle. I think it's wonderful you were able to correspond with such remarkable men. Jim
  14. Annabelle, his obituary glows with praise for his work and his character. It sounds like you had the opportunity to know him. Do you have any particular memories? He lived to see Expo's 50th anniversary and was properly honored for his dedication to Expo and to Montreal.
  15. Strangely, I had a similar thought. I does suggest some sort of bank.
  16. Let there be light!

    I think lighting has been a hallmark of the great expositions since the days when huge searchlights bathed the grounds of the World's Columbian, to the pavilions decked in thousands of incandescent bulbs including the Electric Tower at the Pan American, to the jack-o-lantern projected onto the Perisphere to these magnificent shots shared by expo boy.
  17. I wonder what that thing is in the middle on the shelf between the two windows. It's blue and orange so it is a NYWF souvenir of some sort.
  18. Let there be light!

    That is exactly what a great pavilion at a world's fair should look like. I loved that pavilion. It took my breath away when I was 12 and it still does in these photographs.
  19. NYS is unusual in that the highest court in the state is not the Supreme Court. Instead it is the NYS Court of Appeals. Anything decided by the NYS Supreme Court may be upheld or overturned by the NYS Court of Appeals.
  20. Today, BBC Radio, offered a feature story about the Fortnite gaming finals held at Flushing Meadow park. Forty million players began the online games on line edition but the finalists, who packed Arthur Ashe stadium are certain to leave with $50K each. And the winner walks home with a cool $3 million smackers. I know nothing about this game but the words Flushing Meadow certainly caught my attention.
  21. Considering nobody would be likely to see the backward S, I don't see what publicity it would garner. I'll bet it was just a dumb error .
  22. You may be correct, Bill, but considering the 1939 Board for Design, there were some remarkably artful and creative pavilions. Con Edison, NCR, GM, Heinz (which initially wanted a pickle shaped building), Italy, USSR, Poland, GE and the list goes on.
  23. A rare peek inside Austria

    My mother was Austrian and couldn't wait to go into that pavilion. She said she was pleased but I've often thought she was really a bit disappointed. It was basically a large gift shop and this restaurant. It was lacking in actual exhibits. There was little to truly remind her of her heritage other than rather silly gifts. And as I recall, she didn't even buy anything from the gift/souvenir area.
  24. Maybe it's a function of age, but I've increasingly noticed how dramatically different the 1939 and 1964 Fair layout truly were. What I mean is that one of the accolades given to the 1939 NYWF was the remarkable attention given to the overall theme as pavilion architecture radiated on avenues extending from the theme center. That attention to theme was even captured in the subtle rainbow color pattern permitted exhibitors as one walked from the pure white Trylon and Perisphere to the farthest extremities of the Fair's avenues. This didn't happen in 1964. It was something of an architectural free-for-all and the Fair planners (or lack thereof) were widely criticized for that lack of architectural unity at the time. This photo captures that lack of thematic cohesion. This is not to say the Fair lacked creativity. It was a colorful collection of unique styles but it was basically a "to each his own" attitude that gave us what we see in this photograph. Therein lies a major difference between the two Flushing Meadow fairs.