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    Rancho Sahuarita, Arizona
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    NYWF 1964/65. RCA Pavilion, and all the big industrial pavilions, especially Disney-created, including Illinois; Bel-Gem Waffles!

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  1. Book about the Masonic Center

    (I don't know if this is the book Randy referred to, since the image of the ebay item is gone) 32 pages; "Sponsored by Grand Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York." No idea if these were given out or sold. Contents: A few small photos of the interior Photos of the display case items, sculptures (full size George Washington, busts of some others) History of the Masons and important contributions to politics, war, and medical and other charities Many lists of famous Masons My review: be glad you can read it today and (hopefully) didn't spend a half day or more taking it all in during the fair while missing much more exciting exhibits. Masonic Center booklet.pdf
  2. No, not that ET, the Eiffel Tower! Per Encyclopaedia Britannica, the Eiffel Tower was inaugurated on this date in 1889. As most here know, the critics then were as short-sighted as some at later Expositions, but we are glad they didn't have their way and it was left in place.
  3. Sad news - a member has passed away

    Sad indeed.
  4. Wow - maybe it was not intended, but the way that's worded it sounds like it's unsure if the BIE will do the right thing or be obstinate idiots.
  5. Headlights magazine, October 1963. Articles with details of the 430 new IRT Line 7 cars and 30 new LIRR cars with NYWF tie-ins. Includes details of mechanics, interiors, livery with WF logos/lettering. Headlights October 1963.pdf
  6. Thanks! The site says "Most of them retain the full range of colors present when they were first made." Excellent!
  7. Comparing to other images of Autochromes on-line, these are brighter and more colorful than most. What is the source? Are they images of the Autochromes themselves (the first four?), or images of printed versions of the Autochromes (the fifth to last?)?
  8. Beautiful! I wonder how much color correction was done on these - I usually think of Autochromes as more subdued.
  9. High Speed Photography Pavilion

    I wonder if the "YOU can take a picture" part is accurate. When I worked at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago in the 60's, the "Electric Theater" show included a demo of a strobe light capturing the shadow of a bursting baloon on a large phosphorescent screen. I wonder if this was something similar or Kodak actually had a strobe setup such that the public could use their own cameras (with "Bulb" setting) to capture the action.
  10. Bits of this have been discussed, but here's a summary of what I have found: In Volume 23 of Anthony's Photographic Bulletin a letter dated October 25, 1892 from C.D.Arnold, Official Photographer of the World's Columbian Exposition, was published, stating that as of that date, cameras up to and including 4x5 inches could be used on the grounds on payment of a $2 fee each day. (Daily admission was 50 cents.) In April, 1904, "The Camera" magazine, Manchester, England published a letter from John A. Wakefield, Chief of Concessions, stating that cameras 4x5 inches and less in size would be aditted free to the St. Louis Fair. The Camera also published letters from the U.S. Department of Justice Solicitor General W.J Hughes to The Camera announcing this, with a copy of a letter from Hughes to the Hon. Matt. G. Reynolds, "one of the leading members of the St. Louis Bar," opining that many amateur photographers would decline to attend if there were a camera fee, and asking Reynolds to contact the proper Fair officer to have fees dropped. The letter complained about the "spies of the photographic concessionaire" at the earlier Buffalo fair, where cameras were required to bear a license tag costing $1 per day, twice the daily admission fee. (panam1901.org/visiting/fees.htm shows the daily camera fee as 50 cents.) In 1933, camera fees were apparently still in the public consciousness, as the Kodak brochure "Keep a Kodak Story of the Fair" included the note "Cameras Admitted Free" on the front page. World's fair themed box cameras were sold by Kodak and Agfa. In 1939 and 1964, Kodak was a major exhibitor, and there were no camera fees or mention of camera restrictions in fair literature.
  11. The brochure "Your Kodak at the New York World's Fair" mentions in a brief paragraph about the Eastman Garden "Don't miss the High Speed Photography Pavilion where you can take a picture in 1/100,000 second of a baseball crashing a pane of glass." Does anyone know more about this? Was it in inside the Kodak pavilion? Has such a shot surfaced somewhere?
  12. Where was the UN in 1964?

    I checked, and the BIE is/was not associated with the UN, but I could imagine BIE members putting pressure on the UN behind the scenes to kill major participation. Just a conspiracy theory of mine, but...
  13. Where was the UN in 1964?

    Wow, that must have been very early - split into two buildings, apparently where NYSP and the Vatican eventually went? How does this compare with the earliest planning maps/models we have?
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