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Lenny Galasso

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About Lenny Galasso

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    Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania
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    Art Deco, 1939 NYWF, Urban Architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright

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  1. A different angle on the Parachute Jump

    Hi folks, I don't know whether this confuses the conversation regarding a flag atop the Parachute Jump or helps clarify things, but I recall reading in the New York Public Library Manuscripts and Archives Division "New York World's Fair 1939 and 1940 Incorporated Records 1935-1945" documentation, a discussion regarding the concern in height that the Soviet Pavilion posed in relation to the American Flag flying above the Fair. The documentation doesn't specifically mention that the Flag referred to in the manuscript was sitting atop the Parachute Jump, though I'm not sure where else within the Fairgrounds, a flag could have sat high enough to reach the height of the Soviet Pavilion. How accurate the research that went into this manuscript is, I don't know, but it sure appears as if the flag height was relevant in 1939 when the Soviet Pavilion was there. Again, whether this is relevant to the Parachute Jump itself in 1939, I don't know. Paraphrase From the Manuscript Page viii: With the transformation of Flushing Meadows in full swing, President Roosevelt responded to a resolution of Congress and, in November 1936, invited the participation of the nations of the world. A major hurdle was cleared when the International Bureau of Expositions, the governing body of international fairs, granted formal recognition of the anticipated New York fair. Fair president Grover Whalen, a consummate and energetic promoter, traveled across the world gathering commitments from an unprecedented number of foreign governments. With the exception of Germany and China, Whalen signed every major country in the world, scoring a significant coup by securing a pledge from Stalin that the Soviet Union would construct a $4 million pavilion. While this imposing pavilion would earn revenue for the Fair, it provoked the displeasure of some members of the public who considered the dominant structure to be a political taunt; complaints were lodged that the statue of a Soviet worker holding a star aloft mounted high atop a 180-foot pylon threatened to exceed the height of the American flag that flew over the Fairgrounds. Regards, Lenny
  2. Hi, I'm not aware of a good researchable online archive website on the 1939 GGIE, but in the past I have found a number of websites that provided helpful references. It appears that some of these sources do maintain records that again, cannot be accessed online. For what it's worth and good luck with your project: http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/record.php?id=122381783 http://archive.org/stream/treasureislandma00jamerich/treasureislandma00jamerich_djvu.txt http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/tf2d5n98c4/ https://www.sfmoma.org/assets/documents/library/finding_aids/sfmoma_golden_gate_intnl_exposition_records.pdf http://www.sfmuseum.net/hist1/index0.1.html#fairs http://digital.lib.umd.edu/worldsfairs/record?pid=umd:1010 http://foundsf.org/index.php?title=Treasure_Island_Fair:_Golden_Gate_International_Exposition http://www.sfmuseum.net/hist5/treasis.html
  3. Can anyone ID this scene or speaker?

    Hi Bill, Although I can't identify the specific event, the man at the podium is undoubtedly Grover Whalen, president of the New York World's Fair Corporation. Considering that, based upon the banner, the "rally" took place sometime in 1940, it's a particularly interesting photo. With the attendance of the 1939 fair falling well below expectations, some considered fairly drastic steps to raise attendance in 1940. Consequently, although Grover Whalen continued on as the 'figurehead' president, Harvey Dow Gibson was named chairman of the board and business manager of the 1940 NYWF essentially stripping Mr. Whalen of his capacity. It's probable that by the date of the event in your photo, Grover Whalen was a bit demoralized by the whole process. Lenny
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