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  1. I believe the BIE rules provide for postponement or extension of a world's fair based on Acts of God or labor disputes. I did an article for Ed Orth's publication Expo Info back in the late 60s or early 70s and wrote to the BIE to access information. Based on the data they provided me at the time, the 1937 Paris Exhibition was offered a chance to extend their run beyond the usual 6 month period based on floods and labor strikes that delayed the opening of several pavilions beyond the fair's opening date in May of 1937. The US Pavilion wasn't officially opened until July. The French government wisely decided to decline the offer due to the mounting threat of war.
  2. Sad news - a member has passed away

    So sorry to hear this. I always enjoyed his posts.
  3. Sermons From Science had exhibits at several world's fairs, including Expo 67 and Hemisfair '68, which have been discussed in other threads. Here is a photo of their exhibit at the Golden Gate International Exposition.
  4. The US had huge pavilions of groundbreaking design at Brussels 1958, Montreal 1967, and Osaka 1970. The USSR also had large pavilions the were very flashy but maybe not quite as groundbreaking in their design and construction. The reason for these entries was the Cold War, each country trying to outdo the other. Since the end of the Cold War this has not been the case. At Expo 2000 in Hannover, the US started with a large pavilion and ended up construction nothing. The former USSR had a tiny exhibit located inside one of the vast halls that contained mostly Third World nations.
  5. Considering the current pandemic and the ensuing restrictions on international travel and large public gatherings, I wonder if Expo 2020 will be postponed or even cancelled altogether?
  6. Where was the UN in 1964?

    I noticed the last storefront in this photo is labeled "Monaco." Was this some sort of official exhibit or just a place to sell merchandise from Monaco. Anyone know?
  7. Or the Smithsonian. I know that's where Ed Orth's vast collection of 1939-40 NYWF material went.

  9. I've seen the 1964-65 New York World's Fair referred to as a "trade fair" but never the 1939-40 Fair. Since the 1939 season of the Fair was recognized by the BIE, I think someone didn't do their homework before writing this article.
  10. Since Indonesia was boarded up for most if not all of the 1965 season, did the Fair Corporation pay for demolition?
  11. I'll go for the obvious . . . Better Living Center.
  12. Interesting early concept photos of the Venezuela and Minnesota Pavilions.
  13. Biograph Co Film Preservation 68mm

    If you enter "New York World's Fair" in the webpage search, there's a great documentary about a man who shot 16mm color footage of the 1939-40 Fair on closing day.
  14. I just saw a great 10 minute MGM "TravelTalks" newsreel of the 1937 Paris Exposition on Turner Classic Movies. A fairly comprehensive tour of the international pavilions (Nazi Germany conspicuously avoided) and French provincial/colonial exhibits. Also some good footage of the illuminated fountain/firework display over the Seine. All in glorious color!
  15. Walt Disney at Expo 64

    Did you mean to file this under Expo 74??
  16. I think it was a place to get official World's Fair information.
  17. Not to be cynical, but this looks like a skid row hotel that the owner slapped a coat of paint on, installed some awnings, new signage and some flags, and laid in waiting for unsuspecting World's Fair visitors who had failed to make lodging reservations in advance.
  18. Excellent 1939 Link!

    Some of the best Trylon and Perisphere photos I've seen.
  19. Undeveloped film from 1964

    A couple things I noticed in the BuzzFeed video. The test film he used to experiment with developing was Tri-X, a high speed black and white film stock. It appears the film from the Fair was also black and white. I can remember trying to buy black and white 8mm film in the mid-60s and it was very difficult to find. It seems odd that Kodak would have provided black and white film with the camera that was won as a prize.
  20. Montreal Then and Now

    It's kind of funny that they claim La Ronde was "empty" during Expo 67.
  21. Let there be light!

    Recent expos have foregone this type of lighting with the exception of Expo 2010. The industrial section was like Las Vegas on steroids. Here are a few examples . . .
  22. Good one, Jim. One of my favorite "Twilight Zone" episodes!!
  23. Anyone for lung cancer?

    I've been with the airlines for 42 years. Back when smoking was allowed, maintenance technicians used to trace pressurization leaks at doors and window exits by looking for trails of that "sticky tobacco residue." I can remember the first time a mechanic showed me what he had found at the aft left door on a B707. It looked like brown jelly. Disgusting doesn't even begin to describe it.
  24. You've been riding your bike in the sun too long. ;-) But seriously, most of those glass pieces in the photo would fetch big money today with the revived interest in mid-century modern decor.
  25. Doris Day

    She was my absolute favorite singer and actress. As an airline employee of 42 years, I've had the pleasure of meeting many celebrities but, unfortunately, never Doris Day. It's doubtful I ever would have met her but in a world of hate and division, it was always nice to know there was a kind spirit like Doris Day.