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  1. I'm still waiting for underwater hotels

  2. Are these worth it?

    Thanks all. I went ahead and ordered them. Thanks for the link to the pics, Wayne. They look good even though not overtly "3-D-ish" (You know, taken with stuff in the foreground to accentuate the depth). Now if I can just find my old viewer which is packed away somewhere...
  3. Are these worth it?

    Hello All, Does anyone have any (or all) of these Worlds Fair ViewMaster sets? Set of 6 Viewmaster packages My question: Are they worth the price? Are the pics that good? Being ViewMaster, I'm assuming they were taken in 3-D which I find exciting. Another seller has the same set at $169 plus 8.99 shipping. That one I find a bit pricey.
  4. Hello All, This is a screenshot taken about 3-4 minutes into the Peace Through Understanding DVD. I cannot ID which pavilion featured this image-changing display. Anyone know?
  5. Where is This Located, Please?

    Mystery solved! No wonder I couldn't locate it. I had assumed it was on the outside of a pavilion. Actually, it looks like the clip in the PTU DVD was taken from this very film. It can be found here. Thanks, TOTHEFAIR!
  6. The Vault III CD-ROM

    Are these still obtainable -- anywhere?? (Either physical CDs or the mp3s)
  7. Japan Pavilion brochure and exhibit list

    Also interesting is how forward looking they were with regard to solid-state electronics and miniaturization. The RCA pavillion was all about color TV. But, when my folks got our first color set in 1969, it was a Panasonic.
  8. Passing by the Chrysler lagoon

    Wonder what happened to that one lamp globe.
  9. Wow. Is it just me, or does anyone else think that building sure doesn't look like a million bucks in 1961? Interesting article though.
  10. 50th Anniversary of Demolition!

    The artifacts displayed in the 4th photo are presumably original. Could someone ID them all please? Also, does anyone know if there are any original, intact roof panels in existence?
  11. more pics of painting of crown

    Thanks, Wayne. After a Google search on "Interchem Presstite", I found this info about the roof panels and the elastic tape here in Christian Kellberg's "New York State Pavillion" book.
  12. more pics of painting of crown

    Looks awesome. Can't help but make you imagine how cool it would be if someone donated a new tile roof... and refurbished the towers... and, while we're at it, replaced the terrazzo floor map! Yeah, I know it could never happen for myriad reasons, but it is nice to imagine it. BTW, I have a question about the original roof tiles. How exactly were they attached to the cables and each other? How were they able to achieve a watertight seal which would withstand expansion/contraction from heating/cooling cycles, wind flexing, etc.? (Or were they watertight)?
  13. Anyone want a waffle?

    Is it just me, or does appear to anyone else that the area the boys are in is a bit below ground level? (2' - 3') What about the BR next to Pan Am Highway Gardens? It appears to have some structures surrounding the balloon canopy. Also a clear shot to GE.
  14. Chun King brochure

    If I'm not mistaken, the guy in the commercial was Jess White.
  15. Anyone want a waffle?

    If you stare at the washed out background VERY carefully, I believe that's GE! (You can just make out the V-shaped struts and the slab tower next to the pavillion on the side facing Better Living I think).
  16. Still a great design after all these years

    Very elegant how the V-shaped roof supports were covered to give that sculpted look.
  17. A World's Fair Diary

    Thanks waynebretl!
  18. A World's Fair Diary

    Where was the old automated band organ (used for the special's theme music) located? Anybody know what became of it?
  19. A lot to ponder in one photo

    Consider this: I'm assuming power was delivered to the train's motors via the rails. What if -- for some reason -- power was lost while the ride was in operation. (Could be a general area blackout or a malfunction of the system), In any case, having fair guests stranded and dangling in an immobile car would not be good. So... in such an unlikely event, we have these poles which are actually conduits which, when assembled, can connect a car to an on-ground mobile generator (e.g., something like those Ingersoll-Rand units you see carried by construction crews). This would allow the cars to be indivually powered so that they could be driven back to the station allowing guests to disembark. So why not have an emergency power backup for the entire system? The scenario outlined above would be extremely unusual and, indeed, probably never occurred during the fair's run. So a system-level power backup could have been deemed too costly and complicated given the improbability of the event. The emergency power poles would be a cheap and simple JIC solution. Sure would be nice if someone could dig up an AMF Monorail operations manual.
  20. A lot to ponder in one photo

    Great shots, Randy -- EXACTLY what I had in mind! Your Honor, I rest my case... I'm satisfied they're grappling poles.
  21. A lot to ponder in one photo

    I take back what I said before about the poles being tools to adjust tracks, etc. I now believe they are grappling or tow poles which would be used to move (from ground level) a car which had either become inoperable or needed to be maneuvered in a way not possible or practical using the car's own drive. I think they are in pairs because they would be hooked together then attached to the underside of the car needing to be moved. Since the trains cars travelled in pairs, that may be why, when there are poles, they are attached on successive pylons. In any case, an intriguing mystery to be sure!
  22. A lot to ponder in one photo

    Hi, I'm new here and just saw this thread. My take: The closeup shot shows that there appears to be a shaft inside the poles. The tubes themselve look like they might telescope. The end of the shaft looks like it could be a universal joint of some sort. So I'm thinking perhaps it is something to be turned to perform some type of adjustment to the track. My 2c. Vern