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Everything posted by waynebretl

  1. "Hazel" TV Show with New York World's Fair Storyline

    The same thing goes for the pavilions that were selected ahead of time for depiction on souvenir plates, glasses, etc.
  2. "Hazel" TV Show with New York World's Fair Storyline

    Thanks for posting that! It's always interesting to see what attractions get mentioned in media at the time and compare to what is most remembered now.
  3. Press and Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, New York) · 12 Aug 1939, Sat · Page 17 Downloaded on Apr 13, 2019 Is there any chance more extensive pictures of the Washington State exhibit interior are archived somewhere? The lack of comprehensive interior pavilion shots is a recurring frustration in both 1939 and 1964.
  4. Looks like the Kautz Glacier route.
  5. I asked over in a thread by a climbing enthusiast on another web site, and someone said it looks like the east side of Mount Rainier. From the 1939 guidebook: Washington had "realistic, activated, three-dimensional displays...the crown of mighty Mt. Rainier..."
  6. Could it be a stage setting with an audience? Or, New Hampshire, which had "realistic dioramas" reproducing "some of the State's famous activities, interests, and scenic beauties." "One of the displays depicts Tuckerman's Ravine on the side of Mount Washington." That mountain may be too steep to be Mt. Washington, I don't know; and the photo doesn't show the ravine. The only other reference I could find was that the Japan pavilion had a "worlds largest" photo mural of Mt. Fuji.
  7. Are these worth it?

    These are the original Kodachrome Viewmaster process, so they should not have faded. Hard to believe they are an unopened set, hard to picture anyone having them and not looking at them. The question is whether they are worth it to you. I think I have seen individual packets list for $15-$20 each. You have the advantage here of getting them all without waiting for individual packets to show up in the future. I have a full set and like them quite well. As far as photographic quality, Viewmaster pics are great at nominal magnification (that you get with the viewer), but since they are about 8mm size, they do not stand up well to enlargement. On the other hand, if you just want to see the content and don't care about the 3D, you can find them at: http://www.nywf64.com/vm01.shtml
  8. Any further clues if you brighten up the dark semicircle on the left?
  9. Thanks - too short, but great!
  10. TWA Rocket to the Moon

    Just ran across another video about Riverview Park in Chicago. Mentions in several places rides that they inherited from the World's Fair (all 1939, I think).
  11. NYT Redbird Subway Car Reefs

    Thanks for that! Now, if someone had just photographed the demise of the Tower of the Four Winds...
  12. The Vault III CD-ROM

    Larry, when you write "tapes" do you really mean tapes, or Vault CDs? I thought Ray's tapes were being held by his sister, who won't give permission to release/re-record/post them.
  13. The Vault III CD-ROM

    Hi - just reviving this topic to remind those who have Ray Dashner's The Vault audio CD to refresh their backup copy. CDs are not guaranteed to last forever, although I find that my original still is OK at this late date. Why take a chance? Bill, I assume that there is still no availability of the originals?
  14. Anyone hungry?

    I wonder if their recipe at the fair was exactly the same as their canned products? Their canned version was some of the most highly salted ever, and apparenlty still is: https://www.walmart.com/ip/La-Choy-Chicken-Chow-Mein-42-Ounce/10292171?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0&wl13=1411&adid=22222222227000000000&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=42423897272&wl4=aud-566049426705:pla-51320962143&wl5=9030209&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=8175035&wl11=local&wl12=10292171&wl13=1411&veh=sem&gclid=CjwKCAjw1dzkBRBWEiwAROVDLFcT0NWBB0v96Fu_TYgczTsJScNU8OExh0jGJ5wyiqk3_qVJkxUvBxoCWdwQAvD_BwE 1520 g per serving
  15. A different angle on Johnson Wax

    It is elevated, just no fountains beneath it.
  16. Got your passport handy?

    Really neat!
  17. What pavilion? Johnny Carson show

    Never noticed the sparkles - there are more than one. Maybe a reflection of the fireworks?
  18. I can't find the original posting, so doing a new one. This night-time shot was part of the Johnny Carson show opening on 8-24-64. The question is, what pavilion is it? Reposting in case any new inspiration prompts an answer. Here's the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW0_npkgG_M
  19. What pavilion? Johnny Carson show

    Here's what I see: Fireworks Fountain of the Planets Mormon pavilion with luminaire left foreground [The Mystery!] GM facade with luminaires foreground General Foods Arch [I think] (the lighted images portion) with luminaires beyond Stained glass [Jordan pavilion?] Luminaires [Mormon Pavilion in background?] Luminaires (tilted) Fireworks DuPont Blue and yellow lighted rosette [unidentified pavilion] Fountain of the Planets GE (very brief and fading to Carson studio) The crossed lines of the mystery shot look like they could be the Christian Science roof, but the colored discs really throw it off.
  20. What pavilion? Johnny Carson show

    Whatever it was, it had to be brightly lit, as you can see only brightly lit stuff in that intro. I believe it was produced on film, as the color TV cameras of the time were not even that sensitive. Color movie film was still struggling to get usable images of anything that wasn't very bright. This mystery might be solved if only we could see more in the shadows, but increasing the brightness and contrast in Photoshop doesn't reveal anything. Also, it's hard to guess what the real angle is; was the cameraman tilting the camera for effect? To an old TV nut, it's also interesting to see them using optical titles. Most likely black text on a white paper motorized roll, with video inverted and keyed over the background.
  21. Fantastic, Troubled History of Videophone

    Unfortunately, the system would have to run at standard TV resolution and bandwidth (4 MHz, or 4 million cycles per second) to interface with a TV set. This could be accomplished by a video game with a short cable connected to the TV, but not over even a new specially designed Picturephone network. The Picturephone network comtemplated carrying only 1/8 of standard TV bandwidth. Also, at the time, even if you added a low resolution camera to the home set, there was no affordable way to convert the low resolution up to a TV set's scan at the other end, or to digitize the video for transmission. That all would await digital video processing and complex computer chips. It was about 20 years more before such things were possible in expensive special-effects devices for TV studios, and not until the 1990s that it was doable for the home in standard definition TV and then HDTV.
  22. Time travelers form the future got the dress code right, but forgot that there would be no GPS.
  23. Fantastic, Troubled History of Videophone

    For those who can digest the technical details, here's a paper on the experiments that helped determine the picture size and resolution: http://doc.telephonecollectors.info/dm/64Apr_BLR_P114_PICTUREPHONE_Service_Experiments.pdf
  24. High over the Fair

    Yes, a really big and passenger-carrying "drone" From the World's Fair Information Manual: Heliport and Port of New York - New Jersey Exhibit ... There are three Sikorsky S-61N helicopters for the sightseeing and scheduled passenger operations. New York Airways, Inc., uses one of these helicopters for "shuttle Air Bus" service between the heliport, Manhattan and the Port Authority airports. Two of the helicopters are in constant use for sightseeing. These aircrafts carry 24 passengers every 6 minutes to "SEE THE FAIR FROM THE AIR", at altitudes up to 500 feet. Flights commence at 9:00 a.m. and continue long after dark. ---- Anyone know if the sightseeing flights were available both years? The '65 guide only uses the term "scheduled flights."