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  1. If you haven't seen it, the motion picture WONDERSTRUCK from Amazon Studios was just released at the end of October. Tonight I watched it on an awards screener-- and in addition to being hauntingly imaginative and deeply emotional, with stunning production design and music-- it's a MUST-SEE for 64 NYWF buffs. Not only are there cameos by the Unisphere, and New York State Pavilion-- but the film beautifully features the New York City Panorama in the Queens Museum. The crew was clearly given unprecedented access – and you will see the Panorama as you have never seen it before. Here's a trailer if you're interested. I really can't recommend this movie highly enough. WONDERSTRUCK 2017 Trailer
  2. Well, given that they'd have to tear up a city street to do it-- it's hard to say that would be justified. But at least it's cool to know where the mighty axle is!
  3. While touring Washington University in St. Louis with my son today, I knew we were walking across the former grounds of the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition. In fact, at one point, we even got to go inside one of the Expo's only remaining buildings. But by day's end, I also found myself wondering what had become of the original Ferris Wheel-- which had been re-erected at the St. Louis Fair after its successful run at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. And that's when I came across this article about a concerted effort to locate the Great Wheel's remains-- 103 years after it met an unfortunate fate. The author doesn't have all of his Fair facts completely straight-- but he's clearly a scientist, not a historian-- and his methodical approach to solving a mystery is fascinating to read. Magnetic Survey to Find Axle from Ferris Wheel Used in the 1904 St Louis World's Fair
  4. Color Photos from 1939

    Some lovely color photos from the 1939 New York World Fair posted today in The Atlantic. 39 NYWF COLOR PHOTOS IN THE ATLANTIC
  5. Drums of Africa

    One of my favorite kinds of Expo collecting is the discovery of stories about how the childhood experiences of certain people at World's Fairs inspired them to achieve all kinds of greatness later in life. And this thread reminds me of one of those tales... related to the Drums of Africa at the pavilion pictured above. The full story is at the link below, but if you're a fan of the 80's rock group TOTO (and even if you're not), you're probably familiar with their biggest hit-- "AFRICA," from their album TOTO IV, which won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1983. Anyway, that particular song was inspired in part by the late great drummer Jeff Porcaro's visit to the 1964 New York World's Fair. He never forgot being taken to the Africa Pavilion and hearing the drummers hypnotic rhythms-- so those were the beats he recalled when crafting his own memorable drum part for the song. Jeff Porcaro on his inspiring experience at the '64 NYWF And if you're not familiar with the song, here's a link to that, too... "Africa" by TOTO
  6. A good friend alerted me to this fascinating story from Atlas Obscura about the Bell Telephone Pavilion at the 1939 New York World's Fair. I've read before about a breakthrough electronic voice technology showcased there by Bell Labs called THE VODER-- but until this article (which includes an embedded YouTube recording), I'd never actually gotten to hear the device "speak." Pretty cool stuff. Sounds of The Voder
  7. Looks like the frighteningly true story of America's first notorious serial killer is getting a creepy new chapter... Body of World's Fair Killer H.H. Holmes to be Exhumed
  8. Got any plans for dinner?

    My wife and I once enjoyed our anniversary there at a gala dinner celebrating the history of both World's Fairs. It was a great night with a great view. And sigh... I had hair then!
  9. Hello from an old Fair Veteran

    Nice to have you aboard, Ralph! And especially nice to have another West Coaster among us!
  10. Was online trying to get a better idea of what the upcoming Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan really looks like-- since it opens in only 63 days, and virtually all of the photos on the official Expo website are still artists conceptions. And while some of the recent pavilion photos are actually pretty interesting-- I did come across this article about a construction collapse at the site back in November of last year. Apparently a decorative bridge between two buildings fell, and thankfully, no one was injured. Here it is before... And here it is after... And finally, here's an article with a few more details. EXPO 2017 CONSTRUCTION COLLAPSE
  11. This newly published article in the Gothamist may ask and definitively answer the question. http://gothamist.com/2017/03/20/underground_home_worlds_fair_revisited.php#photo-1
  12. I have a copy in my collection of World's Fair films. And I'm not exactly sure why and/or how this entire two hour documentary has been posted in its entirety on YouTube. But here's a link nonetheless. If you haven't seen it, I would highly recommend it. EXPO - MAGIC OF THE WHITE CITY (Narrated by Gene Wilder)
  13. Hello I'm new

    Welcome to World's Fair Community, Andrew. We're happy to have you join us. Hope you enjoy perusing our pages and revisiting your favorite fairs.
  14. Great post today on the Digital Research Library of the Illinois History Journal - a comprehensive and detailed overview of the original Ferris Wheel at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, including actual film of the great wheel in motion. THE FERRIS WHEEL