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  1. Boy Scout Jamboree at the Fair?

    It sounds like the "Camporee" is a good guess! I'll do a bit of online digging to see if the word Camporee yields any gold. Thanks Bill!
  2. Hi everybody, I recently received an email from somebody (regarding a post on my blog)… here's what he had to say: Hi - I enjoyed the article you posted on the "The Wonderful World of Scouting". I'm a boy scout from a scouting family, and in my youth, my unit from queens village attended the "WORLD BOY SCOUT JAMBOREE" @ THE NEW YORK WORLDS FAIR GROUNDS in the middle 60's and camped there for a long weekend. We were assigned certain areas per size of Troop. I remember it being much of a challenge to bivouac in a small area. The latrines were not convenient and cooking was a huge challenge with limited ground fire use. Having gone there 3x with family an school, we had an idea where we were. The most interesting part of the experience of course for us was meeting 'boy scouts' from all over the world. The scouts & the signal corp had set up acouple of short wave radio attractions so a person could speak to Someone in 'Britain or France" ! Wow very impressionable times. My question is = being I am not computer savvy, I can't seem to find any historical evidence of this. Can you help? Regards, Douglas I told him that I would relay his question to the very knowledgeable people on this forum to see if anybody had any information. I figured that somebody must be aware of the Jamboree that Douglas recalls. Thanks!
  3. Bendix Lama Temple?

    Wikipedia had this great bit of the original spiel for the Lama Temple, which partly convinced me that my photos were from this show. It's amazing that Herbert Taeffae recalled it word for word so many years later: It might sound strange and a trifle incongruous having lovely girls in front of the million dollar temple of Jehol whose gold leaf roof you can see over the top of this façade, but the fact is that we have a girlie show in here and a good one. The author of the book, Forbidden Tibet, Horizon Hunters and technical advisor of the picture, Lost Horizon, he doesn't want his good name associated with this scandalous enterprise as brought back from the land of the lost horizon, those Terpsichordion aphrodisiacs, the love temptation dancers from the lamaseries of Tibet. A lama is a Buddhist priest and as such he must remain celibate. He must be deaf to the calls of the flesh, immune to the pangs of passion, and adverse to the charms of beautiful women. In other words he must not marry or anything. Once each year he is given a test. The questions of which are the unquestionable figures of questionable young ladies, courtesans brought from the outside world to corrupt the young lama and seduce him from his holy way of life. Now ladies, this show has been approved by Good Housekeeping, but in case a stray moron seeking a racy spicy girl show is in this otherwise obviously intellectual audience, he too can go in there and not know the difference, but you, you lovers of art will surely recognize this show to be the apogee of oriental choreography. The whole thing rises to a climax when Sasha and her hilarious horde of vivacious vestal virgins unite in that unclad climax, that orgiastic ecstasy at the tail end of our performance, the passion dance of love. It's terrific. Now once inside sit down as long as you like and admire the bare beautiful temple but those beautiful bare forms and they I say are not too formal. Go on right away. This being the first show of the afternoon I am going to cut the price of admission in half. Everybody goes. — Oral interview with Herbert Taffae, October 2007, Albuquerque, NM. Mr. Taffae remembered his spiel perfectly and told it with great charm.
  4. I have a small group of about 15 Kodachrome slides from the 39/40 NYWF. About half of them are from a scandalous girlie show! After doing a little bit of research, I am wondering if these photos depict the show at the Bendix Lama Temple (so, probably 1940?). If anybody out there has any info, please share!
  5. A Fun Detail

    I have no idea. They kind of look like metal window frames, but that doesn't make much sense. I'll zoom in and maybe somebody else will have a good guess.
  6. A Fun Detail

    In scanning some slides, I found this amusing detail as seen from one of the observation towers at the New York State pavilion. Notice the word "Hi!" in the dirt at the base of the pavilion, only visible to those in the tower! Has anybody seen this before?
  7. It kind of reminds me of the GM Firebird concept cars too, though it is certainly different from those.
  8. OK, here's another mystery... check out this beautiful, extremely futuristic car model! You can see that the Philco exhibit was next door, but presumably the car belonged to some other exhibit (Ford?).
  9. Thanks for your input, Bill, Randy and Mike! Bill, I put a few up already: http://gorillasdontblog.blogspot.com/2012/11/century-21-expo-seattle-1962.html And I think this particular photo of the model train will go up on January 17. Yes, I am working on posts that far in advance!
  10. I have a small batch of images from the Century 21 Expo, and this one was included. Does anybody know anything about it? I might guess it is from the Hall of Industry, but am probably wrong!
  11. Kodak print envelope

    Randy, ha ha, yours is WAY cooler!
  12. Kodak print envelope

    A friend gave me some vintage negatives of Disneyland, and some of them were in envelopes like this. Not sure if you've see one of these before (I know, you probably have). I love the World's Fair graphic!
  13. Isn't the Internet wonderful sometimes?

    Wow, this is amazing! Of course it helps to contact somebody with 15,000 images of the Fair!
  14. A few interesting photos

    Glad you guys liked these!