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  1. 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
  2. Can't wait to add it to my collection in the Bill Cotter Library!
  3. As a long-time lover of the 1915 Pan Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco-- I know all about that great World's Fair-- and its competing fair in San Diego of the same year. But what I'd never heard about until hearing this recent public radio story on 89.3 KPCC's "Take Two," was how one enterprising LA businessman repurposed some of the items from both of those fairs to try and sell Los Angeles to the world in 1915 as well. Attached below as an MP3. 1915 Los Angeles Fair.mp3

    I hope the entire World's Fair Community will join me today in wishing our own resident author, historian, Fair, Expo, and Disney expert, fellow site administrator, and all-around good guy Bill Cotter an extremely Happy Birthday!
  5. And Mary Jane Halsted not only won some Canadian figure skating championships, but was also clearly a paid spokesperson for the virtues of drinking a cup of hot tea.
  6. Looks like almost ten years after the Fair, Bill and Betty Wade went on to open and run an ice rink at Xavier University.
  7. A happy surprise tonight!

    Haha! You should've said hi! It had to be 2008 or 2009-- I haven't been to Vegas in years. At any rate, I'm sorry I missed the opportunity to meet another WFC member, which is ALWAYS a pleasure for me.
  8. One of the performers outside the Africa pavilion

    Drummer Jeff Porcaro reminisces about how the iconic drum track was created for “Africa,” Toto’s most recognizable hit song, which went to Number 1 on the Billboard Charts in February, 1983: “I was about 11 when the New York’s World Fair took place, and I went to the African pavilion with my family. I saw the real thing; I don't know what tribe, but there were these drummers playing, and my mind was blown. The thing that blew my mind was everybody was playing one part... So when we were doing "Africa", I set up a bass drum, snare drum and a hi-hat, and Lenny Castro set up right in front of me with a conga. We looked at each other and just started playing the basic groove.... We played for five minutes on tape, no click, no nothing. We just played... I was trying to get the sounds I heard at the New York World's Fair." Modern Drummer" (November 1988)
  9. Elsie the Cow

    Looks like poor Elsie’s about to be put out to pasture. Borden Declares Bankruptcy
  10. More roadside America fun

    Nothing Hot about this Dog.
  11. An interesting article about a Harlem preacher whose tombstone is a model of the Trylon and Perisphere; theme center of the 1939-40 New York World‘s Fair. Trylon & Perisphere Headstone
  12. Happy 80th Folks!

    My father-in-law is 91 and still remembers it vividly.
  13. Excellent 1939 Link!

    Thanks for the AMAZING link, Eric-- and I'd love to read your thesis, Jim!!!
  14. When Ya Gotta Go...

    Another amazing photo, Eric!
  15. So sorry to hear about your hardships, Eric. Please try to stay focused on the "World of Tomorrow." There is always hope for a better day, my friend. And thanks for sharing this photo. I had ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA there was wire work in the walls of the Helicline. Have never seen any indication of that before now-- and as you well know-- I've spent many hours staring at many photos of the Trylon & Perisphere!
  16. Great work, Gary! Please post some shots of the night lighting, as well!
  17. Undeveloped film from 1964

    Every time I go to the Fairfax Flea Market here in Los Angeles, there is a vendor who only sells people's old photographs and slides by the thousands. I always enjoy going through the large collection of plastic bins filled with strangers snapshots. But when I leave, I also feel a bit melancholy-- like, what happened to all of these people-- and why didn't their loved ones want to keep any of their photos? Nothing lasts forever, I guess.
  18. Facebook Madness

    I'm proud to be a long time Administrator and member of this site-- and even after all these years, it probably gives me even more pleasure now-- if only because the various World's Fair related Facebook pages are filled with so much misinformation it drives me mad. That's all. Just needed to get it off my chest, thanks!
  19. Family Snapshots

    Hi All... Now that I've discovered a free way to post attachments while PTU is being repaired... A very close friend of mine sadly just had a relative pass away. And while going through her effects-- he came across these two snapshots. Knowing of my World's Fair obsession, he kindly gave them to me. And when I told him all about PTU... he also generously consented to my sharing them here for your perusal and interest. I tried to clean them up slightly (both Kodacolor prints had faded quite a bit)-- but otherwise, all I can tell you is that they're each dated "Sept. 65" on the reverse. They seem to be taken at fairly common vantage points-- but knowing you guys, you'll no doubt pick up on any number of other details my 39'er eye will completely miss.
  20. Biosphere

    Here's the link, Jim. And I've deleted your duplicate post. Thanks for sharing this info-- hopefully Montreal will preserve such an important part of its Expo history! Biosphere Fate Uncertain
  21. This is the only official photo I've ever seen from inside the Pavilion-- in this case, of some Washington State VIPs viewing a diorama of the Grand Coulee Dam.
  22. I don't think it's the Japan Pavilion-- here's a copy of their brochure with a picture of the Mt. Fuji photo mural: I wonder if maybe it's inside the Sun Valley Pavilion? At least that one featured "real snow," "mountain scenery," and an Alpine Village theme.