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George J Fogel

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  1. The first part of the Carousel of Progress

    If only we had iPhones back then! Thankfully, there are videos/films of many of the attractions (or the films themselves that were shown in them); there might yet be a video of the Carousel that includes the opening Kaleidoscope screen.
  2. The book is nearing the finish line!

    It looks great, Bill! (I couldn't find the errant comma.) Will the photographs only be in B/W? One suggestion: I think "...and plenty of the innovative architecture" would read better without the "the."
  3. Here's the URL: https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1100267/terre-hommes-exposition-ile-sainte-helene-expo-67-archives Google Translate in the Chrome browser (or at its own website) renders the French text into fairly understandable English.
  4. "The Bugaboo of Bugville"

    From the cursory description in this article from Business Screen magazine, it seems that it was a stop-motion film in Technicolor.
  5. Good jobs

    Thanks for the answer, Randy!
  6. Good jobs

    Were other pavilions at the 1939 Fair air-conditioned? (Thinking of the Futurama ride in the dead of summer...)
  7. Inside the New York State Pavilion

    I'm also impressed with the color, which seems very realistic. Bill: did you fix this in PhotoShop?
  8. It looks like a part of the Challenge to Greatness ride at the United States pavilion.
  9. Why aren't we riding these in our cities today?

    The monorails at the Fair operated at 9 MPH, although the SAFEGE design was capable of speeds up to 90 MPH. http://www.nywf64.com/amf07.shtml
  10. Italia '61

    I find that Google Translate makes the Italia 61site comprehensible to this non-Italian speaker... Interestingly, the text itself uses the Circarama name for the Disney film process, but the description makes it clear that the film was actually presented in Circlevision, Disney's improved successor format. (Basically, Circarvision used eleven 16mm projectors, while Circlevision used nine 35mm projectors and delivered a superior image. https://d23.com/a-to-z/circarama-u-s-a/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circle-Vision_360°
  11. EPCOT displayed various robotic arms in its early years. http://www.lostepcot.com/communicorepictures.html#expo
  12. A peek inside the New York City Pavilion

    Look how timeless that style is... yet it's 80 years old.

    Same from me, Bill. And thanks for the constant stream of new pictures of our favorite Fair!
  14. I can only imagine what a visitor to the 1893 fair felt upon seeing it for the first time. Hopefully, just as thunderstruck as this 12-year-old boy was on April 25, 1964, when he first set foot on the NYWF.
  15. Argentina for Expo 2023

    I visited Łódź once (my mom was born there) and was hoping that they would get the Fair; it would have had an amazing effect on that frequently overlooked city. Then again, I've always wanted to visit Buenos Aires...
  16. One fine night in 1965

    Can't get enough of those ethereal night-time views; thanks!
  17. Night at Expo '67

    Bill, I have to second Jim's comments. Expo 67 was my "other" world's fair, and I was lucky enough to be able to spend a solid week there. My parents had a close friend who lived in Montreal and I stayed out there in Westmont, happy to be able to take 2 Metro lines back-and-forth each day! Looking at photos of both fairs, expo definitely was far more elegant, photogenic and international than the New York fair. But New York had the dark rides!!! Now, if I could only get my hands on one of those reflective lighting fixtures...
  18. An Amphicar passing Hawaii

    I've wondered if the Amphicars at Disney World are the same exact vehicles that were at the Fair... How many could the manufacturer have made?
  19. Better Living Center #1: Looking Around

    There were a few exhibits I would return to at each visit (and there was never a line to get in): Hershey's Chocolate (watching the chocolate in the conching machine; no samples that I recall) Canada Dry (free samples of ...ugh... Wink) Whirlpool dishwasher large enough to stand in while it ran through a wash cycle (behind Plexiglas shields) Demonstration of an amazing blender (possibly the Vitamix?) performed an extremely jolly Australian lady ("We remember what the Yanks did in the War!")
  20. TV Remote Control 1956

    I knew that the first B/W TV screens were also round, but I thought they had died out by the mid-50's... We had a Dumont but the screen was already squared off. Now, I do remember those plastic sheets to turn B/W into COLORED TV!
  21. TV Remote Control 1956

    I see that the screen was round with the top and bottom masked off; could this have been an early color TV?
  22. Touring the Official Map #3

    Thanks for sharing them with us, Ralph
  23. Unbuilt Pavilions

    I was lucky enough to live close enough to the New York Fair that I lost track of the number of my visits. I was also fortunate to have the opportunity to stay with a family friend in Montreal and spend a week at expo67....and returned a year later for a day at the first season of Man and His World. As others have said, both were magical places and had very different vibes. In retrospect, expo67 was more well-designed and New York's was garish, but the adventures to be had in and around their respective pavilions were glorious! Thanks to this site and other online resources, we have an incredible amount of material at our fingertips... a far cry from the few ephemera I had kept and the occasional Fair retrospective exhibits I managed to attend at the Flushing Town Hall and the Queens Museum. The flat park that tops the old Corona Dump is hallowed ground; I feel its electricity every time I step into the park. I haven't revisited the expo site since 1968; judging from the pictures I've seen i'd feel very out-of-joint if I visited it today.
  24. The first view of wonderland...

    And the excitement and anticipation start to build...!
  25. Thailand

    As ever, awesome pictures. Ralph: I missed your background story (if you ever introduced yourself before posting these series of amazing photographs).... How did it come to pass that you were able to take such great shots? Both technically (what equipment did you use?) and artistically (how did you get to some of those really out-of-the-way places?) Thanks for all that you've posted; I've seen things that I haven't seen in 50+ years and it is a great visit to my youth.