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  1. Expo at night was just magical!

    Magnificent. Great colors. Time exposure?
  2. Dumont Duoscopic 1954 Split Screen TV

    Does this thing prevent arguments - or start them? This sounds like one of Ralph Cramden's schemes...you know, like glow in the dark wallpaper....
  3. Hi All, While moving some thing to get at other things. I noticed one of my very 1939 NYWF few blocks had separated at the weld seam as mentioned above. This block is now in two even halves, both unbroken and original with no further condition problems. As one can now clean the interior of its original cloudiness, it will display better than its brother in D.C. and the other I know of in a private collection. I would be interested in selling this block to a collector, either the full item or one half - which will make a wonderful display surface! Shipping is costly for such a heavy item - perhaps local pickup? Maybe at the QM? Photostream of show and one of the blocks: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationalbuildingmuseum/5961842092/in/photostream/ The color photo of the U.S. Steel Building is from our Bill Cotter. There are other photographs in that stream as well. There is a member here who has a block just like this in his impressive collection. Anyone looking to own a bit of 1939, please drop me a line at magikbilly@yahoo.com Best always, Eric
  4. On offer are two (2) original and complete Owens-Illinois glass blocks from the 1939 New York World’s Fair, rescued from demolition in 1941 (the letter of provenance mentioned contains further information regarding these blocks). I have had a very small number of these in my collection for over a decade. One of these blocks was exhibited by the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. in Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930’s from October 2010 through 2011. Condition is Extremely Fine. The blocks on offer are complete; both halves remain together. The original lead “weld” is structurally intact and there are ample traces of the original mortar from its C. 1938 installation. The blocks have minor imperfections from their manufacture, some light interior haze from condensation over the years, and some marks from removal and storage. They remains in excellent display condition, ready to be illuminated in your home or added to your collection. I will include copies of all related paperwork and provenance as well as a copy of the C. 1940 Owens-Illinois Catalog which shows these blocks. It should be noted these blocks are a direct match to those still seen in the Queens Museum (The New York City Building in 1939). I attach a photo showing four blocks and further details are listed – this was adapted from the museum tag I wrote for the N.B.M. for its display. Additional photographs available on request. Glass block, Owens-Illinois Insulux “Solar-Selecting” Design No. 2, 400 Series, Shade Aqua, New York World’s Fair, C. 1938. Molded glass. Owens-Illinois Glass Company, manufacturer "Hollow glass blocks, which greatly increase thermal insulation, were developed as building materials in Europe by 1902. The Structural Glass Corp. introduced similar blocks in the United States in 1929. By 1935, the Owens-Illinois Glass Company announced blocks sealed from moisture with lead. The glass block shown here, typical of those in many exhibit buildings, were collected from the demolished fairgrounds in 1941." 1939 N.Y.W.F. Glass Block Please direct all inquiries to Eric K. Longo magikbilly@yahoo.com ADDITIONAL NOTES: 1) Blocks measure 12” x 12” x 3 ½”. Weight is 14.5 lbs without packing. 2) A third block on which the lead “weld” failed is also available. It is separated into two halves, unbroken, with mortar intact. This allows the interior surfaces to be cleaned. Complete blocks have some minor haze from age related condensation which does not detract from display potential (the block displayed in Washington also had minor haze); this “open” block is available at a lesser price. Contact information above. Does not include shipping and handling (estimated $75 for a single block in the continental US). Insurance is required. Thank you, Eric
  5. Merry Christmas

    Happy Merry Wonderful Everything to ALL!
  6. Suppose we did get a time machine...

    Hello Expo, Thanks - glad you liked it. Been very busy - sorry for the delay. The name you mentioned doesn't ring a bell but I stopped dealing with coins over 10 years ago. I did not like the game etc with TPG and so on. Heck, I remember when Select was 63 and Choice was 65 - once adjectives started sliding I started not liking things but that was truly ages ago. Happy Holidays! Eric
  7. Suppose we did get a time machine...

    Hello Expoboy, I am not so sure there is one! I have not seen a true Cameo, full frosted sun, on any Walker! Let alone DCam. In 1936 there was difficulty in even getting the finish brilliant. I am sure there are some in the registry but I have not been there since I had the top set of Type Dimes, and that was a very long time ago! I don't even have any scans saved. All I could find was this Pr 63 1906 Dr. Benson 10C I used to own. I bought it with the first photo shown, but B4 that I went and found online a Goldberg photo from back in the day and it was concentric colors city so I picked it up. It was just the same in hand as shown in the second photo. It was Goldberg's originally. This one was not wiped by the good Dr. Low mintage - 675. When I had it and the set there were 35 known and graded. Now? I have no idea. I bought this date because it shot me up in the Registry - a game I would not bother with anymore. I'll try to find images of my 10C set. The 1941 Pr65 10C was also rainbow toned strongly, and the Seated was deep purple as if from storage in leather. From the toning this Barber was in a cabinet. Do you collect Proof material Expoboy? Eric
  8. Suppose we did get a time machine...

    I would buy as many original 1936-1942 Proof sets as possible with an eye for frost - there has to be some Cameo Walking Lib 50C out there. Earlier Proof singles like Cameo Proof Barber or Seated material would be next and the rest in silver - halves in bulk at face. Oh, and gold. Early copper cents in high grade might also be a good thing!
  9. So much for the polls

    Hmm. My slides have portraits of both candidates by the meter?
  10. Homemade Stereo Views

    Hello, Here is one of mine - a little earlier. It is one of a two sided card. Mauretania under construction, Swan's Yards, Wallsend on Tyne, April 1907. I have about 5 of thses from 1905-1913.
  11. Truly.....The Dawn of a New Day

    I am sorry to say I must cancel this little walk :( Sincere apologies.
  12. Sorry. I have had enough image theft. Photographs like this are not common. In 16 years of collecting I have never seen another "panoramic" image like this of the entire Fair under scaffolding and snow - I am going to be using this material for a book - it would not do much good to post unique unpublished images in high res or without a watermark that will prevent theft. This is understood at the other sites I post to and is expected. I thought I was sharing something very special - something I have hesitated posting. magikbilly
  13. A reference to Moses?

    Agreed - sort of Bikini Atoll meets Nathan's Coney Island. Well, there's a 39WF tie in anyway. What was the name of the fountain of th - remember The Fountain of the Atom with those playful Electrons om the Bowling Green? Those little angels or whatever holding the hot dog made me think of those. Great sculpture and those Electrons exist - as fired ceramic they are unchanged, just like the tiles deep inside Titanic's Turkish Bath.
  14. A reference to Moses?

    I wonder - I mean, the park in this cartoon appears well kept and the..structure seems maintained.
  15. Truly.....The Dawn of a New Day

    September 23rd 2007
  16. Fantastic!!! Did you notice the gold leaf grilled bookcases? What color did it seem? Warm? It was silver...
  17. Truly.....The Dawn of a New Day

    Resurrection!, Sunday (of course). One day only. Last time, last tour. September 23rd, 2018 (Autumnal Equinox). 80th Anniversary of the burial of the WESTINGHOUSE Time Capsule of Cupaloy. APP 1 pm, @ the Time Capsule. E~
  18. I am reminded of the home on LI that was listed as having the library fashioned from the Mauretania's libabry. That sycamore room is now the boardroom at Pinewood Studios. It was more fun to show the real estate agent the home photographed in the Libabry of Congress, while Mauretania still existed, with the library installed...
  19. Titanic

    An addition. A pocket watch case made from walnut from the first Mauretania (1906, fastest liner until 1929) crafted in 1935, after scrapping, likely at Hughes Bolckow by an older man, perhaps injured in the yards and now making souvenirs. Not uncommon. A glass "window", cracked (not seen here) which only adds to the presentation of the interior contents in my opinion. And inside, a fragment of the hull of Lusitania, shelter deck likely, part of a water tight door hand-gear, recovered in 1982 by Oceaneering International. Full papers, documentation & provenance.
  20. Another cover to review

    My contributions aside, I think "C" is the best cover offered. This current image, F, is only barely balanced, and I say that that of the full image, not folded. Once folded...only "C" works. I think "C" is the "final answer" in this equation. My last suggested cover may appear, to some, as distorted on the lower left, but that is the vantage and scale of the object speaking. Quite loudly I should think. If a color version follows, will the cover be restrained to this sepia wraparound format?
  21. Another cover to review

    PS - I see my gamma is off; the cover appears too light to me here. Bill, if this image file is needed I have it saved, scanned and restored, as a HUGE tiff file from when I did the illustrations and color corrections for the National Building Museum catalog/architecture text Designing Tomorrow.
  22. Another cover to review

    I believe it to be highly polished United States Steel sheeting provided by one of its subsidiaries, such as the National Tube Company, which supplied the Helicline's steel tubes. The Trylon was supplied by the Elmira, N.Y. plant of the American Bridge Company. The Perisphere's 2,050 tons of steel was fabricated at the Ambridge, Pennsylvania plant of the American Bridge Company. The underside surface shows well in this Kodachrome taken after 10 PM - when enlarged you can see how they are fixed:
  23. Another cover to review

    Rough mockup with wraparound. This one also works folded - retains its composition: