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Everything posted by magikbilly

  1. That's good and a relief because I don't know anything else in that 1964 photo! Thanks Bill!
  2. Long Island Rail Road?
  3. Lovely! From the location this appears a delivery photo?
  4. Chasing the Moon: American Experience on PBS

    Not THAT long, JIm! July 16th was my 50th Birthday! LOL
  5. 50 today folks! :)

  6. I'm not buying it. If it were a fold, I would think it would go through the flag pole and statue. I would leave it be. Was the darkroom guy discussing prints as he said or negatives as this was? I looked briefly there are some clouds that can look like this...
  7. International Pavilion souvenirs I'd say - perhaps recently purchased from the location. That trail is odd indeed.
  8. Bring back the fountains!

    Oddly enough, the proposed water park appears to replace the mist that was so problematic to start with in May 1939! LOL
  9. Bring back the fountains!

    I recognized the rendering - it must have been posted in here.
  10. Bring back the fountains!

  11. The first thing I'd want to see? The first sunset in the Theme Area, with the Perisphere lit red and swollen...walk around the Helicline clockwise starting under the Observation bridge, stop at The Astronomer, turn my back to the nearly complete sunset and look back to the Plaza of Light to see the first lights of the Power Zone exhibits flash on.
  12. Hello, I post this to celebrate a wonderful time I had walking in the park with a friend, slipping between the memories, about 8 years ago the other day. I don't have this photograph in hand yet to make a proper scan, but I wanted to show it as it is so unusual. While this entrance and signage show up almost enough in photographs and slides in an unintentional or indirect way, often a bit too far away, rarely is this most important of entrances the subject of the photograph. Not sure why. Bill? Jim? Trey? Randy? It would seem this should appear much more than it does. There are enough Futurama entrance photographs, but there you had the time on those huge lines to actually take some photographs. I can't claim to have seen quantities of lines streaming into this structure in all my years. A theoretical lack of a pair painted yellow Kodak feet doesn't quite explain this view almost always missing from albums of nearly any size. Perhaps it is the location with the trees at your back - perhaps a photo-unfriendly situation? I have been finding this fair extremely vertical and tight in some places. This is most apparent in the large format slides - doesn't quite register the same in 35mm undoubtedly due to some lens business. Here we have the entrance to the future photographed as focal point (thankfully it is a decent composition), nicely readable sign, with what I believe is a ticket booth (one of two; the other out of frame to the right) and/or a venue to purchase the 25 cent Official Program. A nice long line of folk wait to enter and ascend the Otis Elevator, largest in the world of course, and witness the Democracity display. The actual entrance is surprisingly small, no? This was 90' per side, yes? No, I am not fully certain this is 1940, but I will be when I get it. This photograph has a brother taken on the Helicline. After seeing the Democracity and walking across the Observation Bridge the photographer entered the Trylon, passed through and exited onto the Helicline. Just as the photographer exited the Trylon and started walking down the gentle incline he turned to his extreme right and took a superb photo unlike any I have seen. This I do not have a decent enough scan of to show yet. They are medium format photographs and will be very cold b/w and quite sharp despite the granular paper. The sign on the booth will be readable for example. This image below, made from a poor snapshot taken with a phone or blender or something, is quite spatially distorted and wanting. But, you will get the idea. It is actually rather copped here with a faked corner because it was so curved in the sale photo. I recall Bill has a very good one, probably in his book, and there is a superb image* in the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Samuel Gottsho. Once I can make a reasonable scan of this it should not come up quite as short. The Entrance to the Perisphere at the base of the Trylon, late summer, 1940 New York World's Fair © EKL15 Best wishes, Eric * In this image here there are a series of 4 framed posters, or what appear to be framed posters, on the side of the Trylon to the right in this image I just posted. Have we discussed these? I seem to recall it but can't remember what we found them to be. Anyone? You can also see the other booth, and a framed image of Democracity used in the Official Program on the side of the booth. Here is a version you can click on that enlarges to a tremendous degree. Click image
  13. RCA World's Fair "Camera Bus" Blueprint?

    So in this case the bus was actually a bus?
  14. RCA World's Fair "Camera Bus" Blueprint?

    Hi Bill, I did think that re "bus" from some Apollo mission stuff (NOT to confuse things) "...Main bus B overload..." or something in relation to Apollo 13 but still don't know what it is. Is it some kind of relay or transfer? I dunno...
  15. PS - I might wager the Reverse of the tickets will be as important as the Obverse in authentication.
  16. If they were 1939, I would be looking at papers, fonts, inks, colors, age, and the feel of the stock, how they were cut and so on. If I knew anything about these tickets you have I am certain I would ask you to post good scans of them for review. Perhaps someone here has knowlegde in this area specifically? You might try to email the dealer that sold the reprints as reprints and ask?
  17. RCA World's Fair "Camera Bus" Blueprint?

    They do indeed, and that is where Bill or Randy are needed! I'm stuck in 1939!
  18. RCA World's Fair "Camera Bus" Blueprint?

    Hello, I have no idea, but it seems to have been sold in back in January - and perhaps returned. His other auctions, closed and/or recent - it seems every blueprint this guy sells eventually had something to NASA - even things designed/drawn for MGM studios. It (the NASA bit) could just be "extended" sales hype/hope based on some things he might have had that were of the same origin.
  19. Hi All, Just added a large late 1937/early 1938 rendering of what this might look like and indeed this early diagram has one escalator ending "early" and folks popping up on the Bridge and walking across to enter the Perisphere's lower ring (which we know was not end design)! Compare to the later diagram above, which shows Democracity beyond a suggestion. The later diagram above also has things that would change - the Helicline supports are staggered left and right. As Jim said above, to see the evolution of thought with thses structures - wonderful!
  20. Hi, Thanks everyone :D I am glad you liked it. I have just a few of these pre-fair large publicity shots and I really like this one as it can really provide a sense of scale once the height and dimensions are imaginable. Not a climb for the faint of heart! The only others I had or have seen (and sold) were from Herb Rolfes - perhaps 4 or 5 just of this subject, and so long ago from Herb himself. Best wishes, and Happy Holidays! Eric
  21. Hi All, I wanted to share a new 11x14 photo I added to my collection. Late 1938, Perisphere nearing completion from the highest point available. You can see the Observation Platform and also the edge of the Trylon on the far right. It can be seen at the NYPL site as NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11686556 here - NYPL . I am unable to make a scan at this size so I am showing their copy for now. Mine is also double-weight, lacks the "FILE COPY" stamps all over the place, and is actually not as cropped as the NYPL example - so showing a good bit more image . The vantage - this was taken from inside the absolute tip top window looking down, with the GCP off to the far left. There is another photo of the same at the NYPL taken at the 470 foot window (you can see it at the linked page - see the other oversized images in this collection), but when you look out of that window, you can just barely see "over" to the center of the top surface of the Perisphere, where the rings meet - you need to be at this height - nearing 610' to see this in this fashion! And that is a bit too high for me! Oddly, the landscaping is ahead of the structures construction! This is now one of my favorite photographs. Best always and enjoy, Eric
  22. Hi Wayne, That is a good question but this thread makes me feel like I/we may well have already seen some interiors and did not know it. Best wishes, Eric
  23. Wow! I am shocked - I made my last guess of Rainier just by looking at rocks, trails and that dotted clue I did not have a guidebook handy!
  24. Hi Trey, That was my first guess too - inside Sun Valley. It's all I can think of. But I would expect to see ice skaters and people eating - not sitting like this. But, we do not know the rest of the exhibit. I still think that dotted trail might be a clue? What about Wshington State (Mt. Ranier) or Mount...Adams...? Is the climbing gear generic or also a clue? Eric
  25. Hi Bill, Where was this taken?