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  1. Facebook Madness

    I always try to correct people on any misinformation I see in the various World's Fair Facebook groups
  2. Touring the American Interiors Pavilion

    Great photos! It's interesting to see furnishings that would have been considered "chic" in the 1960's, but would most likely be considered "horrific" by many interior designers today
  3. Got some time to kill?

    At least the GE waiting area was done tastefully at the NYWF. Similar canopies were added to Shanghai's Expo 2010, as the oppressive summer heat closed-in, but were very unsightly and blocked views of the pavilions. Trying to get decent photos of otherwise attractive pavilions was extremely challenging....
  4. Was this a change in architecture?

    Looks the same to me, just from a different perspective. I'm not aware of any changes made to the building during 1964-65.
  5. A beautiful advertising poster created for the 1884-1885 World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition by J.S. Rivers - Lithographer, Printer and Stationer - New Orleans.
  6. The "Worlds Fair Auction" has started!

    I never find anything in those auctions that I collect, since I mainly concentrate on paper items.....books, brochures, stereoviews, etc.
  7. It's sad when no one wants their photos

    That's how I always feel when I see old photos of people in antique stores, knowing that there has to be some descendants of those long-deceased people that would love to have the photos if they knew they existed....
  8. One error I see here refers to "a brick paved promenade lined by dozens of full grown oak trees". There were only a few large trees contained within the Crystal Palace - most of them being beneath the barrel-vaulted central transept. The entire floor of the Crystal Palace was constructed of wood planks, with narrow spaces between each of the boards so that the automatic sweeping machines could sweep dust and small debris to the ground below. Air was circulated throughout the building by the placement of louvered openings, as the individual glass-pane windows were stationary and did not open.
  9. I guess we just prefer to not be "showy" anymore....or at least that's one way to explain it Yes, it sounds like the interior may be more high-tech than some of our past pavilions.
  10. USA Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai, by Fentress Architects.... https://www.archdaily.com/906748/a-first-look-at-the-us-pavilion-for-expo-2020-dubai-designed-by-fentress
  11. Official Report of Expo Milano 2015 - February 2018 - in English.... https://issuu.com/expomilano2015/docs/expo-milano-2015_official-report_en?e=33507884%2F61901053&fbclid=IwAR0e2rbB7D6THO6nWs6teMIXDvx4xdAzaRVJZUx9d0IjXLtxQxFW-Gh6OYI
  12. It is the Palace of Education at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. It and the Palace of Food Products had identical half-domes on their west facades facing the Palace of Fine Arts and lagoon....
  13. Actually many exhibitions and World's Fairs had the "Shoot the Chutes" ride....it was a very popular attraction at turn-of-the-century fairs and amusement parks.
  14. An industrial exhibition that became a small-scale World's Fair: The Fifth National Industrial Exhibition held in Osaka, Japan from March 1st - July 31st, 1903 A total of 10 nations participated - including the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France and Russia. The five-month fair was attended by over four million visitors. The site is now Tennoji Park, containing the Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts and the Tennoji Zoo. Site Plan.... Aerial view from Obayashi Tower.... Main Entrance.... World Street & Main Entrance.... World Street with Fine Arts Building and Obayashi Tower in the distance.... Agricultural, Forestry and Marine Products Building.... Industrial Building.... Educational Building.... Machinery Building.... Foreign Samples Building.... Transportation Building.... Aichi Prefecture Shops.... Water Chutes.... World Street and Main Entrance at night....
  15. This was the final in a series of great national industrial exhibitions to be held in Japan and the only one in which foreign nations were invited to take part. A sixth exposition was scheduled for 1907, with suggestions that it be an international exposition, but was eventually cancelled due to financial difficulties following the 1904-05 Russo-Japanese War. Instead, Tokyo hosted the Meiji Industrial Exhibition in 1907, an exclusively national enterprise, on an even larger scale than that of the 1903 Osaka event. Aerial view.... Main Hall across Shinobazu Pond....
  16. Stereoscopic image from the 1885-1886 North, Central and South American Exposition....successor to the 1884-85 World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition. The fair opened in November of 1885 and closed in April of 1886....a financial failure! Edward L. Wilson (Centennial Photographic Co.) obtained exclusive rights to produce stereoviews and other photographic images for the 1884-85 exposition; while local New Orleans photographer, George Francois Mugnier, produced the photographic images during 1885-86. Images from the 1885-86 exposition are extremely rare! The exposition's 33-acre Main Building is seen at the left, and the 14-acre States Exhibits Building is visible beyond the trees in the background. The asphalt walkway to the right is bordered by crushed shell, concealing drainage ditches dug to carry off rainwater during unpredictable downpours.
  17. Many of the exposition structures still remain, including the National Palace (now the National Art Museum of Catalonia) and the Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village). The Olympic Stadium was constructed for the 1929 exposition in hopes that Barcelona would host the 1936 Olympic Games....but lost the honor to Berlin. The stadium was finally used for its intended purpose during the 1992 Olympics. One of the more popular attractions remaining from the exposition is the "Fuente Magica" (Magic Fountain) with its evening shows consisting of synchronized fountain-jets, colored lighting and music.... Current images of the former exposition site in Montjuic Park....
  18. San Francisco's Midwinter Exposition was in many ways a scaled-down version of Chicago's 1893 World's Columbian Exposition....a major difference being that the main structures were designed in an eclectic mixture of architectural styles....California Mission, Romanesque, Egyptian, Indian, and Persian. The central "Court of Honor" featured the 266-foot high Bonet Electric Tower, illuminated at night with multi-colored lights, around which were grouped the Administration, Horticulture & Agriculture, Fine Arts, Manufactures, and Machinery buildings. The exposition even featured a smaller version of Chicago's famous 250-foot Ferris Wheel - the 100-foot diameter Firth Wheel. The Japanese Village was one of the more notable attractions which survives to this day as the Japanese Tea Garden; and the Court of Honor remains as the Music Concourse. Court of Honor & Electric Tower.... Administration Building & California Fountain.... Administration Building.... California Fountain.... Horticulture & Agriculture Building & California Fountain.... Horticulture & Agriculture Building.... Fine Arts Building.... Manufactures Building.... Machinery Building.... Electric Tower.... Night panorama of exposition from Strawberry Hill.... Firth Wheel.... Japanese Village....
  19. Two views of the Plaza de Panama during the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. The first view looks south from the Sacramento Valley Counties Building (now the site of the San Diego Museum of Art) - buildings seen at the far left and far right are the present House of Hospitality (reconstructed in 1997) and the House of Charm (reconstructed in 1996) - the Spreckels Organ Pavilion is seen in the distance. The second view looks north from the Spreckels Organ Pavilion - buildings seen at the left and right were demolished in 1933 due to deterioration - the Sacramento Valley Counties Building is seen in the distance.
  20. This World's Fair was greatly overshadowed the following year by the 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris....
  21. Here's the floor-plan of the Palace of Industry.... Another site plan....
  22. Yes, the Arch of Triumph (former main entrance) remains, along with the former Grand Cafe Restaurant (now the Zoology Museum), the Hivernacle (glass-roofed conservatory), the Umbracle (lattice-roofed conservatory), the Grand Cascade and the lake. The Barcelona Zoo now occupies the area where the semi-circular Palace of Industry once stood.
  23. Copies of my book "1884-NEW ORLEANS-1885 The Great World's Fair" - ISBN 978-0-692-06509-9 - are now available for purchase at the following retail locations: Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street, New Orleans, LA 70115 Arcadian Books - 714 Orleans Street, New Orleans, LA 70116 Oak Alley Plantation Gift Shop - 3645 Highway 18, Vacherie, LA 70090
  24. Signed copies of my new book "1884- NEW ORLEANS-1885 The Great World's Fair" - ISBN 978-0-692-06509-9 - are now available for purchase on eBay. Softcover, 308 pages, 8.5 x 8.5 inches, containing over 250 rare photographic images by the Centennial Photographic Company, consisting of stereoviews, magic lantern slides, and cabinet card photographs, all from my personal collection: https://www.ebay.com/itm/302660338569?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649