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Ned Merrill

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  1. If you could put it into words, I think it would be very interesting to read. As for myself, I've been wondering for years why I am so interested, maybe it has to do with its positive view of the future. And also the people who were in my life at the time, who are no longer here. Could the combintation of the pleasant memories and good feelings they bring be at the heart of it?
  2. United States #2

    My thoughts exactly
  3. United States #1

    This photo, with the two kids on the stairs, and looking up through the blue evening sky, this photo is awesome! Thanks for posting this and all of the photos!
  4. Time Travel back to 1964!

    Congratulations! You have been selected to take a trip in my NM5000 Transmogrificational Space and Time Travel Machine Model II (patent pending) ! You have been selected from the many members of this website primarily because of your many insightful posts. Also because you seem to be somewhat intelligent and trustworthy enough not to wittingly or unwittingly cause havoc to the future timeline due to those pesky causal loop issues. We also chose you because the NM5000 has not been thoroughly tested and the last person to take the trip was accidentally transmogrified about 5 feet under the Underground Home. But don't worry, we fixed this bug, so get ready for the trip of a lifetime! You have been outfitted with the latest 1964 fashions, nothing too crazy to avoid attracting undue attention, but reasonably authentic (many thanks to the Mad Men costume designer Katherine Jane Bryant). Your pockets (and special leg pouches) have been stuffed with a total of $5000 in real $100 and $20 pre-1964 bills. You have a brand-new old 1964 Timex watch on your wrist. You are ready to go! The NM5000 has been configured to place you gently down at the Kodak Picture Spot located next to the African Pavilion. The transmogrification process is instant (less than 3 microseconds!) and is virtually painless! Your sudden appearance will be carefully timed such that all people within sight of your sudden appearance will be distracted in some way (looking the other way, blinking, rubbing their eyes, or tying their shoelaces). OK, we have to admit this is not entirely true. The exception will be Mary Roberts, a 47 year old bank teller from Lyndhurst, NJ. Although she will be looking in your direction when you appear, she will be sipping what looks like a 7-Up bottle with a straw, but it is really straight gin (and her 4th one for the day!) So don't worry! No one will believe her story! Honestly, we were going to place you on the second level of the NY Pavilion tower, next to the vending machines. No one would be there to notice your sudden appearance. But we have been having trouble with transmogrifying people at heights. Sorry! The NM5000 is powered up and ready! Wait! We need to reboot! Hold on…Windows 3.1 doesn't take too long to… Now it's ready! Step into the chamber, strap on your harness (not too tight!) and just wait. You are as ready as you are going to be! Sorry, we confiscated your iPhone (you will get it back if you choose to return to 2014). The date? Monday June 15th, 1964. The time? 12:37 PM. (SHIBANG!) You are standing in front of the Unisphere. What will you do? Where will you go? Which pavilions would you visit first?
  5. A lawsuit waiting to happen

    Needs a simple orange cone on top of it.
  6. Barbecue demonstration at the Festival of Gas

    Well, maybe that is the point? Gas is smoke free, neat, etc.?
  7. Night time in the Industrial Area

    Looks like a long exposure, maybe several seconds, and maybe that's why there are no people that appear---they would be blurred if they were in motion. The ones still enough, like those sitting on benches, would appear. Just a guess, though. The flags are blurry, but maybe a couple of seconds or more exposure time?
  8. "Transportation of the Future"

    The photo shows what looks like a perfect day! Sunny with clouds, just beautiful, a photo that captures such a great time and place!
  9. "Now arriving on Track 2..."

    Extend the monorail from Flushing Meadows to Manhattan? Local stops in Astoria and Roosevelt Island too, of course.
  10. Now, where was it I parked my submarine?

    This is like the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest. For example: "LBJ, cleverly disguised in a wig, examines the World's Fair map while the officer carrying the nuclear codes dutifully shadows the President"
  11. Some views of the World's Fair Marina

    Two of the potato chip-like "Candela Structures" are still there...see this link: http://candelastructures.org/exhibit.html
  12. The Hell Drivers at work

    Still laughing at the remark about NJ drivers !
  13. The AMF Monorail and the Continental Circus, 1964

    Now I can see where the NYS Pavilion got their red and white stripes, I guess the stripes are sort of standard with tents?
  14. Fun inside the Belgian Village

    Are thos ladies wearing wooden shoes?
  15. Is this really Kodak?

    Not very enjoyable reading, but since we are on the subject: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coulrophobia (Apologies in advance)
  16. A look inside the Mormon Pavilion

    Amazing to me how beautiful the interiors of the pavilions were. How could they design and build such beauty only to know it was temporary?
  17. Warning! Can be contagious!

    Looks like something children would remember. Then again, it is always difficult to know exactly what people will remember. Sometimes the most magical displays are forgotten, but detailed memories of the mundane are embedded for decades. Interesting how our brains are wired!
  18. Take a Trip With Mr. Zip

    "A museum of colorful international mailboxes is on display outside". I never saw those before...looks like a box from Great Britain is fourth from the left?
  19. A different angle on Oregon

    Looks dangerous.
  20. Nice photo! Like I am there, back in 1965. So the only things on the second level were vending machines?
  21. Ole!

    Excellent photo....I wonder if they enjoyed being in New York...far from home....?
  22. Night comes to the Fair

    Oh, ok.....I never saw the "wires" before in other photos, and I thought I was dreaming. Thanks for the clarification!
  23. Night comes to the Fair

    Hold on....do I see wires holding up the Trylon?
  24. Night comes to the Fair

    Beautiful photo...the time exposure shows in the streak of car headlights near the bottom....thanks for posting this!
  25. Night comes to the Fair

    Yes...it is "l'heure bleue, the blue hour, the magic hour... crepuscule, twilight... the hour between daylight and night when the sky's luminosity draws artists out of their studios to see light's last glimmerings." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_hour
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