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Everything posted by RalphQuinn

  1. Look at that General Electric crowd. Hardly room to breathe!
  2. Think you know your dwarfs?

    What's that sinister black object inside the structure between the red and and blue-hatted dwarfs? Maybe one of the seven had to go to the bathroom.
  3. I managed to get a shot from this perspective when the presenter platform was lowered.
  4. Oh, these lucky people

    I got to a lot of places at the fair, but I can't explain why my itinerary didn't include the NYS towers. Maybe it was the long lines. I missed a great photo opportunity and seriously regret it.
  5. This pavilion had some lovely room displays, as well as exhibits of decorative items. I was pleased to watch an artist carve a wooden wall hanging that was very popular in those days. This is an exhibit by International Silver. I was surprised to see my own portrait in the mirror! Artist at work. Example of a finished wall hanging.
  6. Can you ID this pavilion?

    I can relate to the noble but weary task of checking things out. Rumour went around that an attractive female in my company was moonlighting at a local burlesque theater. Someone had to take on the task of confirming the truth, and I selflessly volunteered. It was true!
  7. Strike up the band!

    As a teenager I enjoyed listening to the band on radio. The introduction went something like this: "Forty eight states, forty eight stars, forty eight men . . . the Cities Service Band of America, conducted by Paul Lavalle." Unfortunately I almost never encountered the band during the fair, probably because they performed from a moving bandstand, and I was usually in another part of the fairgrounds.
  8. A definite "Oh crap" moment

    The mistake is so absurd that it cries out for a reason. Here is my suggestion. The painter was getting very uncomfortable squatting down on that angled roof. Suddenly he had the urge to go to the bathroom. On returning, he wanted to avoid squatting, so he sprawled out on the opposite side. No problem, he could just paint the "S" upside down. That usually takes a little forethought for proper orientation, which he didn't think about because his lunch at Mastro Pizza was beginning to give him heartburn.
  9. I agree with Bill. The 1964 fair was a treasure trove of interesting views for the serious photographer. Afraid I would have lost interest in recording a more planned, thematic affair. Got enough of that touring scores of cathedrals in Europe, which got less and less inspiring as the tally increased.
  10. Triumph of Man, Triumph of Narration, Trip Through Time.

    Thanks for your kind words, Eric. Sorry I didn't document the first floor of the pavilion. I recall that I took one picture of some sort of paleolithic beast, but it was not sufficient in itself for the accompanying audio program, so I discarded it and displayed the external illuminated panels during that part of the audio when I made my own little movie. Of course I had no idea then that I shouldn't discard ANYTHING at all about the fair!
  11. So that's what makes a car go!

    Now I know where I lost my music box! It had a hippo ballerina that I hoped to sell to Disney.
  12. Come See Yourself on COLOR Television!

    The building would have made a great Saturn V launch pad.
  13. This wasn't an easy shot to get during the Fair

    Bill, it's amazing how you keep coming up with great slides, so many years after the Fair. Almost like a horn of plenty that throws out choice tidbits when you might think it was running dry. Or maybe a genie that travels back in time to get yet one more perfect shot. Makes me wish sometimes I still had my old Rolleiflex twin-lens reflex.
  14. I don't think a trash can heist would be that simple. It's on an internal Fair roadway, and that's a fence between it and the freeway.
  15. Does anyone use Facebook for access to this site?

    Dropped Facebook years ago.
  16. This is the first of two postings replacing the seven original sets, which I realize were excessive. The new series differs in two ways: 1. Every slide has been re-evaluated and, in most cases, improved by using more advanced Photoshop tools, especially reducing or eliminating the pinkish color. 2. All comments from viewers of the original sets are included at the bottom. The photos are in their initial order. The Court of Louis XV, Part One The Court of Louis XV, Part Two: Madame Pompadour. The Court of Louis XV, Part Three. The Court of Louis XV, Part Four. Sleeping Beauty catching a little nap (lasting a hundred years). Our super hero is about to clobber Cyclops, while Lois Lane is too impatient to wait for the elevator. Don’t worry, Lois, I’ll catch you at the 14th floor (I hope) after I smack Mr. Clops in the chops! The Death of Leonardo daVinci, Part One. The Death of Leonardo daVinci, Part Two. The Last Supper. View One. The Last Supper. View Two. Moses with the Ten Commandments. Ed Sullivan introducing the Beatles. Three of the Beatles (I couldn’t get back far enough to get them all, with my standard focus lens). Lady Godiva. Looks more like Rapunzel. The Wolf Man looks like he’s just seen his grocery bill. Wow, that must smart! Jack Ruby slays Lee Harvey Oswald. Young Chactas grieves over his dead Atala. Wikipedia provides the story, plus the painting that inspired this diorama. Another grieving youth, Cyparissus, has accidentally killed his pet stag while out hunting. Wikipedia provides the story. Lit in a bluish glow, Dracula contemplates lunch. From the look of her neck and his lips, the meal has already begun The Court of Napoleon III. Part One. The Court of Napoleon III. Part Two: Napoleon III himself. The Court of Napoleon III. Part Three: Empress Eugenie. COMMENTS FROM VIEWERS: General: Bill Cotter: I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought the lighting was a problem. Eric Paddon: Pictures have disappeared from here! Ralph Quinn: Thanks, Eric. I just noticed it myself. Bill Cotter was able to see them, but I just went ahead and resubmitted them anyway. Hope all is okay now. Bill Cotter: Great shots. Getting the colors right on any of these is a challenge due to the original lighting and the glass. Superman vs. Cyclops: Bill Cotter: That was an actual costume from the TV series. Larry L: The Cyclops was a 5 to 1 favorite in that fight. Superman was badly out of shape and wore some obvious padding under his costume to make it look like he still had big muscles. The Cyclops and his team have filled a protest over the Sup’s majority decision win, saying that Lois Lane deliberately distracted him by cutting up and acting goofy, as you can see in the photo above, but Superman’s people say that the big C was carrying a giant hammer in blatant violation of the Marq of Q rules and should have been disqualified. A rematch may be held at the 2064-65 NY World’s Fair. RalphQuinn: Cyclop’s lawyers claimed that their one-eyed client had no stereoscopic vision, and accidentally bumped Lois Lane. Superior Man got ticked off because he had to drop everything to rescue pesky Ms. Lane for the umpteenth time. Ed Sullivan: RalphQuinn: I decided to pull my earlier post and remove that awful original image of Ed Sullivan, leaving the much-desaturated view. xl5er: That second Ed looks more lifelike than Ed Sullivan himself did. Still not quite Will Jordan.
  17. Sitting Behind the Wheel

    This photo I took appears to include a steering wheel of sorts.
  18. TV Remote Control 1956

    Don't know whether I mentioned this before, but at AT&T in Cincinnati one of my job duties was the television operating center, where the networks converged for distribution to three local TV stations. The company installed a small-screen RCA color monitor when color came out, and I became an early viewer of the new technology, occasionally showing it off to visitors during open house. Color barely improved the soap operas, but did make the commercials slightly less annoying!
  19. Where were you in 1953?

    Bill, the venue is the Community & Senior Center, 2001 East Street, Woodland, where I spent four years presenting Shakespeare's plays and a year doing my world travel videos. The time is 1:00 p.m. (Feb. 13). We have a modern community facility that has several classrooms with video projection equipment and lots of sports and recreational amenities.
  20. Where were you in 1953?

    Twelve years before the Fair, I was in the Mediterranean with the Sixth Fleet. That was the year of the "Great Cephalonia Earthquake," a truly disastrous event for this Ionian Sea Island off the west coast of Greece. I was on the scene two days after the main (7.2) quake that literally distroyed the island and caused the emigration of half its citizens. Using a professional press camera (the well-known Speed Graphic) I recorded some of the devastation. After 65 years (come August 12th) of them sitting in a binder in my bookcase, I delivered these photographs to the Historical and Cultural Museum in the capital city of Argostoli, where I did most of my photography (and where there were 400 deaths and 900 injuries). My package, which included about 30 original photographs and other materials, was received with considerable enthusiasm by the curators. Although Cephalonia's history goes back to legendary times, this museum (part of the city library) covers about 200 years, up to the time of the earthquake. Almost everything on the island was newly built since then. I thought you might like to see a sample of the images from one of my first adventures with a camera. This is the back wall of a four-story building, taken from the front of the structure. I was surprised to learn that this building was the city's library, one of the few rebuilt along original lines. In 1968 the Historical Museum was added in the lower floor of the building, with an entrance to the right of the stairs, now celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. I was also surprised and honored to learn that the museum would keep my package as I designed it, with added translations from English to Greek. By the way, the movie 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin,' with Nicholas Cage and Penelope Cruz, was filmed on Cephalonia, covering their war-time occupation by the Italians and Germans, and ending with the same earthquake I photographed. Based on the book 'Corelli's Mandolin,' one of the experts consulted by the author was the founder of the museum itself.Now a tourist attraction, Argostoli's 2000 year-old history literally ended in 1953, and everything since then is another world. I received, as gifts, two substantial books published by the museum, detailing the early years and the earthquake.
  21. Where were you in 1953?

    Since I've broached this subject, I thought you might like to know that I will be making a presentation of the 1953 event at our local community center in February. It will include a DVD of my photos (with appropriate music) plus the 2018 trip to Cephalonia to deliver them. I'll display an identical copy of the binder I delivered, show the earthquake portion of 'Captain Corelli,' and read from my personal memoir. After that I'll wake up the audience and send them home!
  22. A different angle on Westinghouse

    Just a reminder of a cutie who used the mike. If you want to hear her delivery (and my conversation with her), check out my 2017 Westinghouse entry a few pages back in the Federal and State forum.
  23. Chrysler Turbine Car Model Cameo

    My shiny orange & black Chrysler turbine model sits on a shelf just above my computer. I envy Jay Leno, who owns one of those babies. Maybe you've seen his video.
  24. What is this remnant?

    It could be eczema or psoriasis, the way the guy is scratching under his arm.
  25. Need Help From Former and Current PTU Members

    Good point. I'm like lots of others who haven't abandoned the Forums, but only post when the spirit moves me. Nevertheless, it is always exciting to see new photos like those collected by Bill Cotter and shared with the community.