xl5er

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  1. Thanks Trey! Cannot believe the CSI episode was 2009!! Seems like yesterday. Was not aware your production company name was WF! Will look for it.
  2. Obituary for engineer Abba Tor who worked with architect Eero Saarinen on JFK structure. Notably determined roof concrete needed to be poured in four sections requiring slit skylights which turned out to be attractive design features. Some interesting construction factlets plus links... https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/17/nyregion/abba-tor-dead.html?_r=0 They're incorporating the building into a hotel!... http://twahotel.com/ "Designing TWA" book about the building. http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/D/bo22381671.html
  3. Holy cow I didn't realize those highways were brand new for the fair! I have vivid memories of dad driving us along that big arc behind Bell System to watch construction progress and at night once the buildings were illuminated. He worked for Transit Mix Concrete in Flushing. Between this construction and the Verrazano Bridge anchors they must've poured a whole buncha concrete in the early 60s!
  4. Any reason that collection appeared 8 March? No worries. I'm grateful someone periodically remembers the NYWF. Some of those captions were...inaccurate. Nice lens on first shot. Compressed distance to make Shea look like within throwing distance.
  5. Great photo. Good luck. Curious what performances are continuous. Western wagon and Egyptian glyphs quite a juxtaposition.
  6. Well that was fortuitous! You inspired me to re-check with nearby U Miami. I found out as a resident I can use their library and pay a fee for more services. This was not the case when I first inquired years ago.
  7. No. Mongo pawn in game of life. Only know what read in article.
  8. Allied worlds fair service corp? Whats the significance of that one, Bill? Was that a bone of contention from a previous PTU thread?
  9. The Sanborn company produced detailed building atlases for fire insurance and other purposes. A partial map of the 1915 Expo... ...was included in this article: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/historical-atlas-maps-american-west/ Anyone doing research may like to know the Library of Congress has a collection of Sanborn maps and that Cal State Northridge intends to digitize their collection for online access. PS Note the Incubator exhibit top middle right.
  10. Is it verified to be NYWF? Has a Danish feel, with the wood, spartan lines, and interesting... whatsomever ... looks like petal shaped canopies around fans, suspended from ceiling.
  11. I suppose, as the article mentions, it IS a form of time travel, if not for you but for the treasures you see fit to send into the future. We don't so much leave the included objects behind as send them forward on a journey. This short article is about the "golden age" of capsules and how many low profile capsules may be forgotten and ripe for discovery. http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/time-capsule-how-to-find As always, if you open a capsule and hear the Michigan Rag sung and see floating dollar signs, walk quickly away.
  12. I remember a similar tower from the incredibly detailed plastic model I made of this 1938 fireboat. The many brass fittings were reproduced in shiny golden plastic. The tower on the boat had a platform for a fireman to direct the stream. The truck tower did look like it was controlled remotely. Lots more pre war pics of NYC fireboats in action fighting ship fires available for those inclined toward the intersection of several PTU interests. For another take on cylinders spouting water look into hydraulic mining in the Sierra Nevada. (I literally thought to myself, "That region is a gold mine of history!" and had my Sunday chuckle) PS Take it from me. Standing on a tall tower on a rocking boat is an experience the Chinese may subtly describe as "interesting."
  13. Used to read quite a bit on this subject and those names don't ring any bells. I vividly remembered that whole "individually molded seat" business as one of the unique features of the space program. As cool as the space rockets were to a young boy, those NASA guys even infused the mundane with high tech! Imagine my surprise when I discovered life coming full circle with my Sleep Number fully adjustable bed frame having ZERO-G as one of its standard positions, now that space rockets have swapped priorities with creature comfort in whats left of my life. I had encountered the same phenom when a year before I bought the top of the line, all motorized, LaZBoy recliner, which also assumes the Zero-G position, but I dont think it uses that phrase, which the saleswoman began helpfully describing as, "Like the astronauts..." before I waved her off. "You're preaching to the choir, lady." That position equalizes support along your entire back, is infinitely comfortable and if I told you how much it cost, you would call me courageous too.
  14. T&T was always on my list whenever I visited the fair.
  15. Yes, worm's eye view. Made me feel more like I was there than a postcard type shot.