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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. TV Remote Control 1956

    You are probably thinking of the Zenith Avanti (pedestal cabinet) or maybe the curved console.
  2. The tall rod on the cart is the remote control receiver antenna. We have a picture of an operator using a larger handheld control with a long antenna wand while standing on the roof of the Japan pavilion. This does appear to be a more compact remote control for walking around.
  3. What if you threw a party and nobody came?

    Ok - help - I can't find what time the grounds opened in the morning. Edit - dug out the guidebook - gates open 9 am, most exhibits 10 am, a few at 9 am.
  4. What if you threw a party and nobody came?

    Bill, is May the process date or a known exposure date? Trying to estimate from the Rocket Thrower shadow and plotting it on Google Earth (43.5 feet at 295 degrees) and the published Rocket Thrower height (43 feet), I come up with a date and time of 10:08 am EDT, April 25. To give an idea of the possible error: If the shadow is actually 42 feet long rather than 43.5 (or the published height is similarly wrong, or does not include the pedestal), the date and time come out to April 27 at 10:10 am. The 25th was the first Saturday after opening, and the 27th was the first Monday. 10:08 to 10:10 am: Is it possible from the preceding pictures on the roll that the photographer got on the skyride this quickly? This might explain why so few people had gotten to the Fountains of the Fair area.
  5. What if you threw a party and nobody came?

    By the shadow of the Rocket Thrower.
  6. What if you threw a party and nobody came?

    This is still morning. I think you would need detailed daily and hourly admission numbers to figure out some of these shots. How likely was it for out-of-towners (or New Yorkers, for that matter) to get from their hotels and homes wherever to the Fair at opening time? I wish I had kept a diary. This was my first big trip alone, and I toured other attractions like the United Nations, Empire state (I'm pretty sure), and maybe the Statue of Liberty (can't recall - that could have been another trip). As a result, I can't remember how many days out of 6 (?) I spent at the fair (maybe 3?). Also, I have no recollection of how early I arrived. I know I got lost for a while on the subway the first day (coming from the Sloane YMCA on 34th street in Manhattan).
  7. Humor Photo of the Week

    Less than a year here, and already on a wanted poster poster!
  8. Bell was paid to perform?

    This thread prompted me to get "The Great American Jet Pack" by Steve Lehto. The book says that Bell received many requests for public demos in the early 60s but turned them down due to cost (and because some were from obvious crackpots). Then a promoter of events for state and county fairs, Clyde Balschun, was prompted by his teenage son to contact Bell after reading about the belt. Balschun presented a plan to do public demos for pay, which was accepted. Regarding the fuel tanks, the pure hydrogen peroxide was so reactive that new tanks had to be "pickled" by successive fillings with more and more concentrated hydrogen peroxide until any contamination was safely burned out. Lehto also wrote a book titled "Chrysler's Turbine Car," which I have not read.
  9. NBC Today at the World's Fair promo slide

    Oops - sorry for not posting the seller's note: "I'm selling 1- vintage glass slide promoting NBC's Today Show which was being broadcast live from the World's Fair. I believe this was from the 1950's or 1960's. This slide was used in a Filmchain at the NBC studio in Washington. The Filmchain was a machine that would capture the image, turn it into an electronic signal, then converted back into a picture on your television set. This is a 35mm transparency (2" x 2" slide) encased between two pieces of glass and taped at the edges to hold it together. They were used to promote the day and time of an upcoming show. This is an original slide that was used on the air. It is not a reproduction. These slides were brought home by my father as his personal souvenirs."
  10. Promo slide TODAY at the World's Fair CHANNEL 4 The artwork is very apparently a freebie from Fomica, with the TODAY promo text burned in. The slide is mounted in glass, as it typically would be for use in a TV studio. The mount is marked with the NBC "snake" logo. This was faded toward purple, so I have played with the color.
  11. What if you threw a party and nobody came?

    How about a little perspective warp, which only loses some sky in the upper right?
  12. What if you threw a party and nobody came?

    This is a test. This is only a test. If this had been a real World's Fair day... By the way, other than being slightly tilted, this is the perfect moment of exposure for its symmetry, and I also like the fact that it's aimed just high enough that the flags aren't cut off.
  13. General Electric Progressland Newsreel

    Thanks. They must have used the last segments over and over - I've already seen them somewhere.
  14. Opening day from the air

    All the above images except those of the actual fair strike me as illustrations of a typical failure of architecture - producing monumental photographs and magazine covers, but absolutely horrific if turned into reality. Who would want to live with the sky blotted out everywhere by overhead highways? The fair of course was much more reasonable in providing the open vistas for appreciation of the architecture.
  15. Starting the day at 11 AM in May or June 1964

    Hmm ... now I have to see where the error could be. ... Duh - the shadows are on the ramp, not the horizontal plaza - now to figure out if the error would be in the direction I found.
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