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  1. I've long wanted to post to nywf64.com my collection of commercial slides of the Fair. My collection is incomplete so I turned to Bill Cotter who very generously provided the missing slides so that there could be a relatively complete collection of them on the website. The slide sets are those produced by Photo Lab of Washington, D.C. and Blackhawk Films of Davenport, IA under the United Air Lines MAINLINER Vacation Series title. Click on either of the images below to visit the featured presentation at nywf64.com. Many thanks, Bill, for allowing me to use your slide images for these features! I appreciate it very much!
  2. New for 2018 at nywf64.com

    Jim & Wayne, thanks for finding the errors. The flash-card set is not a part of the postcards. But, it is online at nywf64.com. You can view it at http://www.nywf64.com/educards01.shtml
  3. New for 2018 at nywf64.com

    It's been a while since I posted the new items that have shown up at nywf64.com. I thought I'd take this opportunity to let you know what's new at nywf64.com over the past year, including the latest presentation of For Those Who Produced the New York World's Fair 1965-1965 -- the presentation book given to those in the World's Fair Corporation who were instrumental in the creation and operation of the Fair. Please enjoy these featured attractions at nywf64.com ... Click on any of the photos below to go to that feature:
  4. The Look and Feel of nywf64.com

    I've been working over the past year or so to standardize the "look and feel" of nywf64.com ... Every page has a navigation banner near the top with topics that have drop-down menus behind them directing you to the various features found on the website (for example: "Attractions", "Maps", "Artifacts", etc.) Each page now has a secondary banner giving a brief description of what you are looking at (for example: "1964 & 1965 Official Guidebook & Souvenir Map Entries") The secondary banner is headed by a Table of Contents button. Clock-on the Table of Contents button to get a drop-down menu of the various pages that can be found within that topic (see below). For Attractions (such as IBM, Eastman Kodak, Republic of China, etc.) the first few pages have been standardized whenever possible. The first page will always contain the 1964 & 1965 Guidebook entries along with a link to a map showing you the location of the attraction. The next page contains the page from the World's Fair Information Manual for the exhibit or attraction (presented courtesy of the Gary Holmes collection). The World's Fair Information Manual was the book that the guides in the information booths used to reference for visitors what was contained in each attraction. The next page features Postcards issued for that exhibit. The following page features any advertisements that were done for the exhibit and the page following that is a gallery of photographs and miscellaneous items. Pages that follow those contain brochures, magazine articles, booklets, etc. in no particular order. The website is always a "work in progress" so certainly not every artifact from the fair is online. Maybe someday... There's a lot of stuff at nywf64.com and because of that it's not always easy to find things there. One always has to second-guess how the visitor navigates the site. If you have any questions about site navigation or comments about the material or errors that you find, please contact me and let me know. The Search Feature is not working at this time. I hopefully will be able to get that back up and running sooner than later. As always, thanks for your interest in my website. I hope you find it entertaining and educational. Best, Bill Young -- Host, nywf64.com
  5. Hello Everybody, Bill Cotter or Randy, I'm thinking you might have information, or anyone else who collects the Fair... I recently purchased some Blackhawk Films / United Air Lines MAINLINER Vacation Series of slides from the '64 Fair. What information can you give me about the series? How many slides were in the series? How were they numbered? Anything else about the series that you might be able to share? Actually I've been doing some searching of posts here at the Community and I did find a bit of information on the slides. Also have found that Bill Cotter has wonderful list of them on his website! Thanks very much for any additional info. There are some really beautiful shots in the sets I purchased. One box is a set of masters of the slides that came from Davenport, IA. The box is labeled 6/25 and 350-633. According to Bill's website, this is the "633" set of slides. Of them the seller said, "I went to Davenport, IA to buy a large storage locker full of books,(over 240 boxes). While there the owner(a house flipper/real estate agent) asked me to look at another storage locker full of stuff. Located in this mess of boxes were 3 Large boxes of slides and ephemera of Blackhawk Films Slides and materials. When I finally got home and looked, I realized I stumbled across thousands of amazing originals/masters. The woman’s house where these items came out of was the film editor/negative dept. head for Blackhawk Films. Her name and picture are actually in the back of the catalogs. Also, in the box were “sample copies” or what I believe were back-ups to each of the masters." Bill
  6. Passing the baton

    That was the second logo the Fair used. It was during the time that the Unisphere was supposed to have actual round objects circling the globe. After the design was changed the logo changed to the one we all know and love. See: Evolution of the Unisphere as Theme Center / Evolution of the Fair's Logo at www.nywf64.com I went to the '62 World's Fair in Seattle and I'm pretty sure we never got into the exhibition building that had the '64 World's Fair exhibit. I think it was right behind the Space Needle. My parents are lucky I didn't see it or they would have been pestered non-stop for two years to go to it! To my great regret.
  7. A quiet evening at Expo

    Does anyone know or remember how the dome was lit? Did it glow/shimmer from ambient lighting or were there lights on the framework or lights that shown on the framework from the inside?
  8. Kodak Pavilion Model

    Ah! The photos on the Picture Tower are printed, not actual photos. They are mounted on a hardboard and attached to the frame. Craig, I paid $1250 for the model. Considerably more than what the one you saw in 2013 but less than the one I saw in 2002. I’m not used to spending dough like that for a collectible, but couldn’t pass it up.
  9. Kodak Pavilion Model

    Wayne, these are photos the seller took of the model I bought.
  10. Kodak Pavilion Model

    I found it by accident. I was bored and was surfing eBay. Typed in “1964 York fair Kodak” and it came up in the listings with 3 days to go on the auction. I did a “Best Offer” at first but bought it outright after some consideration. Decided the price the seller was asking was reasonable considering how rare I thought the model was. I hadn’t seen one up for sale in 16 years.
  11. Kodak Pavilion Model

    I purchased a model of the Eastman Kodak Pavilion from the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair that was on eBay about a week ago. The model is one of a number of models Kodak advertised as being available for display at high-visibility Kodak dealers during the run of the Fair. I'm not sure how many were produced or still survive, but the last one of these that I saw go for sale was back in 2002 on eBay. There may have been other models sold since ... not sure. The model in 2002 went for $2700. Thankfully, I got this model for much less (although I had to swallow hard a couple of times before I pressed the "Buy It Now" button). The model was listed under "Cameras -- Other Equipment" on eBay. Had the seller listed it under the 1964/1965 New York World's Fair category, he probably could have asked a lot more for it and would have gotten it. I've attached the photos from eBay that accompanied the auction. The model is made of a type of resin and is painted grey. The base is wood and painted grey and light blue. There is a stamp on the bottom of the base that says DISPLAYMASTERS, INC. and it looks like they were out of New Jersey but it's difficult to read the address on the stamp. The model is fairly heavy due to the wood base and the resin. It is 23 1/2 inches long; 13 1/2 inches wide and about 6 inches tall. The photos on the Picture Tower are still clear and bright ... the model must've been stored out of the light for quite a while. There are some chips out of the picture frames and slight paint loss on parts of the resin but otherwise it is in remarkably good condition for its age. I was scared to death that shipping would damage it somehow but it arrived in great shape with no damage thanks to the seller's excellent packing. I purchased it from Pacific Rim Camera out of Salem, Oregon. Thought the members here might like seeing the model. It was so surprising to me to see that a GE Model came up for sale at auction at almost the same time. And, NO, I'm not the lucky bidder on THAT model. Rita was OK with my purchase of the Kodak model but I'm sure a divorce would have been in order if I had said, "Oh, by the way, I also spent $15K on a GE model." Bill nywf64.com Kodak Model Page at nywf64.com Regarding DISPLAYMASTERS, INC., I found this online in reference to the company: It appears the firm began before 1949, but I can't be certain of that. In 1966, the company is listed as follows: Displaymasters, Inc. 354 Undercliff Avenue Edgewater, New Jersey 07020 (201) 943-4224 Employees: 20 Advertising Displays SIC 3993 President: J.C. Roll The same listing is carried in the 1967 and 1968 NJ Industrial Directory. There is no listing for the company in the 1956-57 NJ Industrial Directory, but that should not be construed as an indicator of existence.
  12. Progressland model up for auction

    Randy... you have a great memory. I have a record of that model auction at nywf64.com. The model was #7 of 14. It sold on 10/19/02 for $5100. There’re photos of that model on the General Electric pages at nywf64.com
  13. Stop by nywf64.com to read Craig Bavaro's latest essay. Craig is an avid historian of the New York World's Fair 1964-1965 Corporation and he has contributed a number of excellent essays from information he has compiled from the files of the Corporation during his research trips to the NY Public Library where the Fair's archives are stored. His latest contribution is an excellent story on the problems encountered with Unisphere's much touted innovative lighting system ... namely the fact that the lights representing the capitals of the world kept going out! Did you know that in 1965 one of the capitals was out for the entire season? Find out which one in Craig's fascinating essay titled, " I Think We Have A Light Out!" ... only at nywf64.com!
  14. I came across this today in the Chicago Tribune Archives for May 28, 1964. I thought it was interesting to find this after reading the post in "Something For Everyone" regarding the film exploring why America has lost its taste for World's Fairs. How nostalgic to look back at a time when major US cities actually VIED to host World's Fairs ... when legislatures actually allocated monies for feasibility studies to explore the possibilities. Also, I didn't know that Chicago had considered hosting a Bicentennial Exposition as well. Here is the small article: Chicago Told Need of Plan for 1976 World's Fair If Chicago wishes to hold a world fair here in 1976, the 200th anniversary of the United States, it will have to make a thoro study as to its feasibility, an official of the New York's World fair said here last night. Maj. Gen. William E. Potter [Ret.], executive vice president of the New York fair, spoke to "The Committee of '76," a group of Chicagoans seeking to bring the fair to the city in 1976, at the Racquet Club, 1365 N. Dearborn st. Travel, Housing A study would have to determine whether the people of Chicago want such a fair, who would come to the fair, how will they get here, where will they stay, and will their coming pay the costs of the fair, Potter told the group. "While many of the details of a fair so distant are impossible to plan today, administration, housing, and transportation can be presently considered," Potter said. "You can't hold back on expenses in planning because if you do, in the end it would reduce your chances of getting the fair," Potter said. He said the New York fair will pay off its 30 million dollars in bonds, sold to finance the fair, this year because it laid its plans well. State Pays for Study The Illinois legislature last year set up a state commission to study the possibility of holdin a 1976 Chicago world's fair and appropriated $40,000 to the group. Boston and Philadelphia also are endeavoring to get the 1976 fair. Potter said the talking Lincoln exhibit at the New York fair is attracting much attention and is reviving patriotism among fair visitors. He said the 1976 fair, being the bi-centennial of the nation, would have to do the same thing on a much grander scale. He suggested a square mile of dredged land in Lake Michigan, one half mile off the city's God coast as a possible fair site. He cautioned against using the fair as a slum clearance project which would require millions of dollars in roads which later would have little use.