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  1. This newly published article in the Gothamist may ask and definitively answer the question.
  2. 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)
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Here's the 2014 thread that contains Bill's posted photo of the base of the Washington statue with graffiti covering its base. And here's Bill's photo for ease of viewing in this thread.
  6. Agreed on all fronts, Jim-- though as an Administrator and lover of WFC for a long time, now-- I'm not sure how proud I am of the distinction of posting the "single most disturbing article you've ever seen posted on the site."
  7. This is a lengthy, but sobering article from Vanity Fair, about Philip Johnson, the celebrated architect of many iconic buildings around the globe, including our beloved New York State Pavilion and Tent of Tomorrow from the 64-65 New York World's Fair. Johnson's controversial status as a Nazi sympathizer and supporter is something I knew nothing about before reading it.
  8. Would you go as far as this woman is willing to?
  9. Please join me in wishing a very Happy Birthday (not to mention our continuing gratitude) to World's Fair Community Founder Marc Williams!
  10. The Star Girl is from the 1915 San Francisco Pan-Pacific International Exposition.
  11. The Star Girl is from the 1915 San Francisco Pan-Pacific International Exposition.
  12. The Star Girl is from the 1915 San Francisco Pan-Pacific International Exposition.
  13. I. WILL. BE. THERE.
  14. It usually comes down to a legal department's appetite for risking some kind of challenge later. And when it comes to TV-- where the turnaround from script to production is so relatively fast-- there usually isn't time for much more than a cursory rights search. Which means, as soon as some network attorney sees a © or ™ symbol on something, the search usually ends, and they tell the producers to think of something else. Truth be told, I'm sure there's no one still willing, much less alive from the World's Fair Corporation or even US Steel who would put up a fight over usage of iconic NYWF pavilions. But I'm sure the way they're used probably becomes part of the concern, as well. In the case of CSI:NY, I had created a character who was a serial killer (albeit with deeply painful and personal motives) and was unwittingly leaving NYWF related trace evidence across the city that ultimately led our investigators to his Underground Home hideout. So I suppose I can see US Steel or the Parker Pen Corporation (we featured their pen pal correspondence) being anxious about that kind of association. Then again, I have to wonder if US Steel really had an issue with MEN IN BLACK ramming a spaceship into the Unisphere. Again though-- motion picture companies tend to have deeper pockets and therefore are often willing to take bigger risks.
  15. We had to deal with this copyright issue when I produced the "Manhattanhenge" episode of CSI:NY several years ago. I wrote a scene that called for a vintage NYWF souvenir snow globe to be featured on camera in our Underground Home set-- but when we discovered that copyrights prevented us from using an authentic souvenir (without it costing an arm and a leg)-- our amazing props department had to create their own fake snow globe for us to use.