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  1. Great story, Jim. Thanks for sharing that!
  2. I've been sprucing up the UNISPHERE pages at nywf64.com and in the process I came across in interesting quote in a February 15, 1961 article from the NY Herald Tribune (article is titled, World's Fair gets a Symbol) that said, The globe will be tilted 23 1/2 degrees from vertical because, one official said, this will permit a better view of the United States and "we're all interested in the United States, aren't we?" The earth is tilted 23 1/2 degrees on its axis. I'm wondering if the "official" didn't know that and was speculating about the positioning of UNISPHERE or if there really was some thought put into how to tilt the sphere so that the US was more prominent. I've read a number of articles about the creation of UNISPHERE and the work and calculations that went into fabricating it and always though that possibly the stress of the winds on the open globe might have had some affect on how UNISPHERE was positioned. But I've never read or seen any discussion on how the placement of it was decided. I look at photos of UNISPHERE from the Court of nations and North and South America are lined up perfectly with the court. Just an interesting observation from an obscure article from the early days of the Fair. I'm wondering if Craig Bavaro has ever come across any discussion of UNISPHERE placement whilst pouring over the records at the NY Public Library? Craig?
  3. A different sort of view of the US Space Park

    This is a heartbreaking photo, Bill. To think what the Hall of Science could have today if only this stuff had been taken care of. I know some of the stuff, like the Saturn V rocket section were just plywood covered with sheeting. But if only NYC and the Parks Department could have had the foresight to maintain this stuff for future generations. The few rockets that stand today outside of the HoS are bittersweet. "Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'till it's gone."
  4. Need Help From Former and Current PTU Members

    Craig, you crack me up! I've always thought that if we could just live our lives like we were in a musical, the world would be a lot better off (except if the musical is "Sweeney Todd" maybe). I guess you're living proof! "I'm Still Here" too at PTU and love that song from Follies.
  5. 23 1/2 Degrees

    Thanks everybody! Craig, I just ordered the book. Thanks for the heads up.
  6. Need Help From Former and Current PTU Members

    I recently joined or re-discovered a couple of the Facebook groups regarding the Fair so it was interesting to me to read the comments about Facebook. I was surprised to see how little has been posted on the Facebook groups in the past few years. On the other hand, this bulletin board is alive with continuous postings from people with an interest. I don't think a day goes by that I check here that I don't see and read something new. So LONG LIVE the World's Fair Community! In this day and age of Facebook, it is still THE PLACE to go for people who share a love of World's Fairs! You all make this a great place to visit.
  7. Hello everybody! I just sent out a MailChimp broadcast to subscribers to nywf64.com about some of the new things that I've put online at the website these past few weeks and wanted to inform everyone here as well. Because the sections below are screen shots of the MailChimp email campaign, you can click on the screen shots to be taken to those featured items at nywf64.com. The documents screen shot will take you to The Fair, The City and The Critics document. If you'd like to read HOW TO MAKE A UNISPHERE, the title here is the link to that document. As always, thanks for visiting nywf64.com. I truly hope you enjoy the presentations. Like Bill Cotter's fabulous website, it is always a work in progress and I am adding new things quite often (but I'm sure I'll be slowing down over the Holidays), although they are not always easy to find. I'm hoping that the Home Page will direct you to some of the things that I think are most interesting and enjoyable. But, please, don't neglect to use the Navigation Bar at the top of the website to find many of the hidden attractions. There's a lot of stuff that's gone online in the last 18 years and you will uncover many of them by using the Navigation Bar to access the drop-down menus leading to the presentations. Best, Bill
  8. Need Help From Former and Current PTU Members

    Hi suguar! I have a feeling a number of us have become "lurkers" more so than "posters." In my case, I still watch "the board" but just don't post often unless I have something to advertise that's new at nywf64.com The names you mention go "way back" to the early days when "PTU" as it was called then was a part of nywf64.com. "Way back" is going on 19 years ago! It's hard to believe that this bulletin board in one form or another has been around for that long! Some of the names you've mentioned I've lost track of as well. Others, like Mike Kraus, Liz Klug and Ken Thalheimer, Mary Ellen Coughlan, John McSweeny still have an interest in the Fair but just don't post here often any more. Interests change over 19 years too. I also think that part of the reason why you don't see some of the older names posting any more is that the "newness" of it might have worn off for some of them. You have to realize that 19 years ago, discovering that there were actually other people "out there" who share this interest was a big thing to us. All those years ago there just wasn't that much online that you could explore about the 1964/1965 New York World's Fair or other Fairs. Now, search Google for "1964 York Fair" and you will come up with a myriad of links to places to visit on the web that have a connection to the Fairs, be it UTube or any number of places where folks have posted their photos and memories. In 2000, PTU was actually a bit like a social club where people with a fascination for World's Fairs could "hang-out." It's still that way today but maybe just not as shiny and new as it was nearly two decades ago.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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:
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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?
  17. 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.
  18. Kodak Pavilion Model

    Wayne, these are photos the seller took of the model I bought.
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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!
  22. 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.
  23. We welcome historian Eric Paddon back to nywf64.com with a fascinating look at the exhibits of the Better Living Center. The Better Living Center was the 2nd largest building in the Industrial Area and was truly a "Fair within a Fair." The building housed multiple exhibits including the Borden Company with their musical review "All About Elsie" featuring their live mascot - Elsie the Cow. Other exhibits included the Dorothy Draper Dream Home and the fabulous model railroad exhbit called "Spectrackular!" So stop by nywf64.com and see what's on display at the Better Living Center -- our latest major feature focusing on the pavilions of the Fair. nywf64.com is your online source for information on the 1964/1965 New York World's Fair.
  24. The last time I posted on this Affiliates page I was hawking a new book. This time I'm hawking 50th anniversary stuff that I've set up on CafePress. I really need to stop hawking and get busy putting some new stuff on nywf64.com! I've put together four designs to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the 1964/1965 NY World's Fair and they appear on a variety of "stuff" that you can spend a lot of money on. Seriously, your eyes will bulge at the prices, but they're mostly CafePress' prices, not mine! So, if you're interested, here are the four designs. They will link you directly to the stores so you can at least window shop. I'm going to be wearing something from CafePress on the 22nd at the get-together in the Park 50th Anniversary Celebrations. I challenge anyone else who is coming that day to dress for the event as well! Ir doesn't have to be from CafePress ... just wear your best NYWF garb! Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 1964/1965 NY World's Fair - The Unisphere Turns 50! Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 1964/1965 NY World's Fair - A Gold Medallion for the 50th! Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 1964/1965 NY World's Fair - Fireworks for the 50th! Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 1964/1965 NY World's Fair - Remembering the Fair on the 50th! As always, thank you for your support! Bill