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  1. http://rapidtrabbit.livejournal.com/290510.html A friend visited the Orange County NY fair, and posted this picture on his LJ. Notice the two lampposts, visible below the Ferris Wheel
  2. 1964 Ford Caveman

    Here's a link to a brief article with photo about an animatronic caveman from the 1964 Fair: <a href="http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2006/07/26/automated-caveman-gets-a-rear-end-drive/" target="_blank">http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2006/07/26/...rear-end-drive/</a>
  3. GE Edison replica lamp 1879

    Do you want the assembled piece with base, or just an 1880s-style carbon-filament bulb? There are a number of speciality lighting companies that sell the bulbs for $10-$15, with modern screw bases (which Edison Electric introduced in 1884).
  4. Mystery Instrument

    Here's a better picture.
  5. Mold-a-Rama today

    I've got one of the U-505 submarines
  6. Reversal processing isn't that difficult. You develop your film as normal, then use a special bleach that attacks only the oxidized silver particles. Once the image has entirely washed away, you expose the film to bright light, then develop it once more. Basically you're washing away the original image, then exposing all of the silver that wasn't originally exposed, to make a positive image. Unless you're very careful, the image will come out contrasty. I think the process dates from the extremely early days of photography, although I'm not sure.
  7. Mystery Food Court

    CANDY is what occurs first to me. Unless they had a BRANDY selection. Or were perhaps trying to cut waste by selling the MOLDY food at a discount.
  8. Mystery Photo

    An armadillo once almost killed me *and* my cat in one fell swoop. I'd gotten home late, and was sitting at the dining room table eating and reading the paper. My cat Cleo was waiting patiently on the floor behind my chair, hoping that there'd be leftovers. The table faces a window, outside of which is growing a shrubbery. I glanced up from my paper just as a huge armadillo looked in through the window - he'd evidently climbed up the bushes. He hissed and dropped out of sight. I was so surprised that I kicked my chair over backwards, stunning me and narrowly missing smashing my cat. I wonder still what the insurance investigator would have made of it had I been found dead from toppling my chair over backwards, with my cat crushed beneath me. I doubt that he would have pinned the blame on armidillos. On the bright side, Cleo (after calming down) got to lap up most of the bowl of soup that I'd spilled.
  9. Mystery Astronaut

    For what it's worth, the suit is made to resemble a Mercury pressure suit, which makes me think it was designed before 1965, when the Gemini suits would have been in the news.
  10. September 1, 1939

    I've got my doubts. The Germans began bombing about 5am or so, which would have been 11pm Thursday night in New York. The main assault got underway at 8am, which would have been 2am Friday morning at the Fair. By the time the Fair would have opened in the morning, the war was well and truly started. I'd imagine that would have been the lead story on the morning's radio news, and may have made the morning papers as well, depending on when the deadline was. I'd suspect many, if not most, of the crowd would already have heard.
  11. Nazi Germany & The Fair

    What a shame they didn't name them the Tall Tetrahedron and the Big Ball.
  12. OT Television Question

    This is completely off-topic, but one of you guys might know the answer. In 1964, CBS produced their documentary "World War One", narrated by Robert Ryan. It was 26 episodes, and played one a week through the entire season. It's generally considered to be the best documentary ever produced on the subject. In early 1968, on a Monday night which would have been either Jan 29, Feb 5 or Feb 12, CBS aired what I'm pretty sure was a 90 or 120 minute condensed version of this series. I'm pretty sure of the dates, since it ran opposite "Laugh-In", during that show's 3rd or 4th week. I'm wondering a couple things: Can someone confirm the date and runtime for me? Would anyone know if the condensed version is available anywhere, even as a museum or archive holding? The entire series is available on DVD, but I'm interested in the exact version that aired in 1968. Thanks!
  13. Happy Birthday Eric

    Happy Birthday!
  14. Photo of the Day

    I preferentially buy SC Johnson products to this day because of the "flying saucer" and the beautiful "Red Tower" headquarters building. Magnificent buildings make the world a better place, and so few corporations make the effort anymore.
  15. Westinghouse Pavilion

    I'm not sure if this should go here, or have its own thread... At any rate, while trying to learn more about a transistor radio that I bought today at the thrift store, I came across some information about the pocket radio that Westinghouse put in their 64/65 time capsule: <a href="http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Atrium/1031/trans/US/1azWestWFshtpkts.html" target="_blank">http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Atrium/1031/...tWFshtpkts.html</a> <a href="http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Atrium/1031/trans/US/1azWestWFp2.html" target="_blank">http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Atrium/1031/...azWestWFp2.html</a> <a href="http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Atrium/1031/trans/US/1azWestWFp3.html" target="_blank">http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Atrium/1031/...azWestWFp3.html</a>