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  1. I am here in Shanghai to help co-ordinate an important 6 month exhibition at the Shanghai Sculpture park on the history of Expos with an emphasis on the fairs had a major Chinese presentation. Naturally the St. Louis Fair will be highlighted since it was China's 1st official presentation at a world expo. Prince Pu Lun was the first Chinese royality to visit the US, he celebrated his 35th birthday while he was in St. Louis and a piece of music "Prince Pu Lun Triumphal March" was written by St. Louis professor Charles Kunkel. They have a big focus on vocal and sound and are using technology that was invented here in China which will have it's world debut at the exhibition. My job is to make sure that historical fact and images are correct. The Chinese mind works differently then the western mind, and sometimes I hit a road block. There have been many books written about the history of the Expo in China. I wrote the book on the 1853 NY Crystal Palace, a passion of mine. "The Lost History of the 1853 New York Crystal Palace - America's First World's Fair". I picked up one of the Chinese history books on expos and naturally i looked up the chapter on the 1853 NYcp and to my horror they had the wrong picture. My job right now is to locate music that is associated with expos- meet me at St. Louis, Louis, its a small world, elvis it happened at the world's fair, and scott joplin "The Cascades" rag written for the st. Louis fair are some that I have. I know that there were jingles written. I have only begun my research, and some suggestions would be appreciated. Can anyone locate the the original sheet music for Prince Pu Lun's march?. The guide books were released last saturday but I am having a hard time locating a copy in english. they will be 3.00 us and will be printed in Chinese, english, korean, japanese and French. Anyone who could hook me up here in shanghai , i will bring back copies. It's just that I am sooo busy I have no time to look.By the way the exhibit on expo will be on 2 floors. On the first floor Jimmy Chiang (Carnival) and his involvemnet in the the NYWF and Oksa with a display of souvenirs and images , slides and movies. Jimmy has been named "Father of the Expo" and I met him when he found out I wrote a manuscript on China's World Expo history. The second floor will have the expo exhibit. I am staying with him as his guest while I am here for the month of april working on the exhibit. I was here for a month in January. The shanghai Sculpture Park is a must if you are coming to visit the expo. It is an incredible place, plus it is a world's fair adventure apart from the expo while you are here. Shanghai is a beautiful city and I love it. Thanks for your help and I am trying to keep this exhibition true to history.
  2. The Dublin Crystal Palace of 1853 is another World's Fair that is lost in history. It had to compete against the success of the London Crystal Palace and the stronger international representation at the NY Crystal Palace. Interior color views of the Dublin Palace show a predominent shade of blue which was quite beautiful. There were 2 refreshment saloons 1st & 2nd class. I think this was the only Worlds fair that served alcohol . There were a few American exhibits- Colt, Singer. Colt sold 40 pitols to the Irish prison system. It was the first Worlds Fair to exhibit fine arts paintings. The architect was knighted by the Queen, who visited the Dublin Crystal palace. Part of the roof blew off during a storm on Christmas Eve, the year before opening. Anyone else have some info about the Dublin Crystal Palace. Just felt that it deserves a topic started about it
  3. Hello everybody. My name is Ed Witkowski. I been wanting to join the World's Fair Commmunity for quite some time. I chose to sign up during "The Lost Weekend" So glad I am finally on. Been collecting for 45 years (all World's Fairs), but my favorite is the 1853 NY Crystal Palace. I think I am the only one in the world. Just wrote a book "The Lost History of the New York Crystal Palace - America's First World's Fair" the first book ever written on the subject. Anyway it will be interesting to see if anyone is interested in this poor forgotten fair.
  4. Floating Sinclair Fuel Dock Umbrella Roof

    Just a little history on the Sinclair floating fuel dock. Sinclair was awarded a contract to supply fuel at the World's Fair Marina. so it had Owens-Corning Fiberglass build this station with a red & white umbrella roof. Around 1968 Mario LaMotta made a deal with Sinclair had the fuel dock renovated and towed it to Manhasset Bay where it served as a fuel dock until 1972. The umbrella roof was removed that year and used as the roof for the Manhasset Bay Marina's snackbar. In 1993 it was incorporated into LaMotta's Waterside Restaurant also at Manhasset Bay Marina. Pictures are coming in a few days
  5. There is an upcoming exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington DC in October Here is the link http://www.nbm.org/exhibitions-collections/upcoming-exhibitions.html
  6. Here is the link to 13 video clips about Hemisfair Lots of information klrn.org/Hemisfair/
  7. Hello everyone. I was lucky enough to be invited to join the restricted crowds at Expo 2010 tomorrow. Even though it is going to rain, I am very excited about it. It will only be from 9-4, which is a little disappointing because their use of lighting at the Expo is extraordinary. I will take lots of pics and videos and try to share, but sometimes the govt interfers with email. I am going to try and get English language guidebooks to bring back. If I get a lot I will be happy to send them (if they are available). my email is bdayworld@aol.com. I will let you know if I get any and will send them for 6.00 plus whatever postage you want. 1st come first served. If I get them I will send them when I get back to the states on 4/28. I am very pleased with the Expo History Exhibit I am working on here in Shanghai. It has a distinct Chinese theme
  8. There are some carved furnishings on display at the Metropolitan Museum several years ago, a French Chandelier at a South? Carolina University, a small carved crypt in a Pennsylvania cemetary, Powers Greek Slave statue. Some Bennington Pottery that was shown at the Crystal Palace is on display at the Bennington Museum in Vermont.
  9. Does anyone have any images of Carnival of the 1965 season? Thanks
  10. Carnival 1965 New Yor World's Fair

    That's Goldie Hawn, not Han
  11. Carnival 1965 New Yor World's Fair

    Randy thanks for the image of the discount Disco card. I wrote a book on Chinese participation in World's Fairs and went to China in November and stayed with the man who organized Carnival in 1965. James I.C. Chiang. My book is going to be published in China and he has asked me to tell hhis story. In China he is called the "Father of the Expo" had has been involved since 2001. One of the chapters in my book about him will be the story of the NYWF 1965 Carnival, his involvement at Expo 70 and of course his involvment in Shanghai Expo 2010. I am returning to Shanghai in January for a month to work with him on several small Expo exhibits around Shanghai and one on the Expo grounds and to work on the book. He has made himself a very important man in China ( he is an American citizen by a special act of Congress in 1961) He is 88. Goldie Han was one of his Can Can dancers at the Can Can Review. Any chance of a clearer pic or a copy? attached is a pic of Goldie Hawn second from left
  12. He wrote about his visit tto the Crystal Palace in a letter to a friend, which I found reference to when doing research for my Crystal Palace book. He was recently seperated or divorced from his wife and moved to NYC.
  13. The Japan exhibit at the 1853 Doublin Crystal Crystal palace came from a private collection from the king of the Netherlands which had a presence in Japan from 1609 to 1857. The second year of the New York Crystal palace (1854) some of the items from Dublin were sent to NY. There are illustrations of these items in an issue of the 1854 Gleason's Pictorial. Stephen Foster was living in New York at the time and wrote that he visited the Crystal Palace, but I do not know if there is a connection
  14. Ny World's Fair 1883

    In 1879 The planning for this Manhatten World's Fair began. Former President Ulysses S. Grant led the fair committee. The first selected site was Central Park. Fair organizers assured New York that some of the permanent structures would become part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art & Museum of Natural History. New Yorkers would have none of it. Organizers then turned to an area between Moringside Park and Riverside Park and between 110th & 125th Streets avocated for use by Frederick Law Olmstead. This did not work because the New York Hospital for the Insane did not want to re-locate. Fleetwood Park in the Bronx, Ravenswood and Astoria in Queens and Prospect Park in Brooklyn were contemplated. Inwood, an area at the northern tip of Manhattan, had willing farmers to sell their farms, but the only site that investors would eventually support was Central Park. Grant, who also supported Central Park, resigned out of frustration in 1881. Below are proposed pictures of the Morningside site and the Inwood site. The New York Public Library has a large collection on this proposed fair in an annex in the 40's area (can't remember which street) which I uncovered about 15 years ago. It was misclassified under a 1853 heading and I found ithis collection by chance while I was searching for material on the 1853 Crystal Palace.
  15. Here is a clipping I clipped way back in 1968. It was probably a NY area newspaper
  16. Floating Sinclair Fuel Dock Umbrella Roof

    They are also looking for memorabilia from the 64-65 NY Fair to put on the walls of their restaurant
  17. National Building Museum World's Fair Exhibit

    Bill Is there a delay sometimes when you post a new topic? That is why I posted this twice thinking that the first did not post. Who is Eric? Thanks Ed
  18. National Building Museum World's Fair Exhibit

    opps Sorry about that I thought we were in 2010
  19. Loves all World's Fairs

  20. Mormon Pavilion Question

    will have to yake a ride out to Plainview to check it out Thanks
  21. Expo 72 Rio De Janeiro

    In August of 1969 groundwork was started for Expo '72 to be held in the Barra de Tijuca area of Rio de Janeiro to celebrate Brazil's 150 years of independence. Eight new hotels were planned and Japanese technicians started studying construction of a Monorail from Galeao International Airport directly to the planned fair site. Fair buildings would be permanent forming the Brazillian Science & Technology Center which was also in the planning stages. There were to be five sections - international government pavilions, Brazillian Government, foreign and domestic private enterprise, amusements and fair-linked services. The idea was short lived. By December 1969 the government announced that it would use the $30 million dollar fair budget to build a campus of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. I do not know if this was ever done. Sources: Brazillian Bulletin Sept & Dec 1969. Next topic: New York World's Fair 1883.
  22. Expo 72 Rio De Janeiro

    They did have a world's fair in 1922-23 The International Exposition of Barzil's Centennial. , 62 acres with U.S., Japan, Great Britain, France, Italy, Denmark, Mexico, Czechslovakia, Norway, Belgium, Sweden, and Portugal building pavilions. The U.S. opened 3 months late (some things never change). The U.S. pavilion eventually became the new U.S. Embassy. The Palace of Industries became the National Historic Museum and the Pavilion of States became the Sound & Image Museum. They still exist today. There were over 3,600,000 visitors.
  23. Houston World's Fair 1956

    Dr. Walter W. Kemmerer, founder of the University of Houston and executive director, announced plans for a 1956 World's Fair in Houston Texas in September 1953. The fair was to be centered on a 935 acre site ajoining the San Jacinto State Park on the Houston/Glaveston ship channel. He predicted it would grow to1400 acres and cost about $100,000,000. They hoped that many of the structures would be permanent and turned into museums. The project was discussed at the State Department with Eisenhower and John Foster Dulles with a favorable response. Many exhibits would deal with the native petroleum industry along with petro-chemical and agriculture. Other phases of international culture would not be ignored. They expected to break ground for an administration building by the end of the year. The idea was dropped in 1955 for lack of funds and interest. I have a collection of newspaper clippings on fairs that never came about, and from time to time I will be adding to this forum
  24. Houston World's Fair 1956

    They were international trade fairs with different themes held during the 50's. Here is a link that has a bit of chronology http://www.google.com/search?q=navy+pier+chicago+history&hl=en&tbs=tl:1&tbo=1&ei=-NlcSub3JJXENuzItK4C&sa=X&oi=timeline_result&ct=title&resnum=11
  25. Here are 3 souvenirs from the New York Crystal Palace. There will be more coming