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Steve_Frey

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  1. Anyone know when they changed the hub caps?

    After doing some photo mining, I figured out a few things about the logo change, but I'm saving it for the book!
  2. Homemade Stereo Views

    I exchanged messages with the seller on eBay. They confirmed the extremely low quality of the images. So I seems they weren't victims of time, just a bad photographer/camera.
  3. Homemade Stereo Views

    The set is up on eBay right now. https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=Ethan+P.+Jackman+stereoview&_sacat=0&LH_TitleDesc=0&_osacat=0&_odkw=Ethan+P.+Jackman&LH_TitleDesc=0
  4. Uniroyal Giant Tire in the Wild

    Yeah, this photo is from the Detroit News. It was taken when it was just about done being rebuilt at US Rubber's midwest sales office in Allen Park, MI. Notice the crane behind the tire, and the work trucks at the base. They report that the pieces of the tire were moved via rail from New York to Detroit, but when researching for my book, I discovered that ONE person said that in the 1990's and for whatever reason, it stuck. The fact is, it was moved by truck by the Townsend Sign Company. https://www.detroitnews.com/picture-gallery/news/2015/03/17/big-uniroyal-tire-celebrates-50th-anniversary/24863301/ Townsend_Obituary.pdf
  5. They must have been price gouging at the Fair. That same toy cost $2.98 at the tire dealer.
  6. Got room on your bookshelf?

    Sounds good! Everyone has to save room for my book too...."The Giant Tire: From New York World's Fair to Detroit's Iconic Landmark" I've collected all sorts of great information and photos (not just from the Fair). Been chasing down lots of different leads. I even spoke to the 90 year old man responsible for getting the toy made, and a very nice lady that worked at the exhibit in 1965! That's actually her in the information booth in the photo Randy posted! I hope to have it out by mid Summer.
  7. TV Remote Control 1956

    My wife inherited a Zenith Space Command TV from her great grandfather in 1986. I swear that thing weighed at least 200 pounds. We moved that damn thing from Michigan to two apartments in Florida, and back to Michigan. The 'clicker' was basically just tuning forks inside the handheld gadget. Pressing a button struck a tuning fork. Based on the sound the TV heard, it changed the volume, channel, or power. If you jingled your keys in front of it, it would change volume. Finally got rid of the TV, but I kept the remote! And I've heard about the color converters, but never saw one. Thanks for posting!
  8. While searching old newspaper accounts of the Giant Tire, I came across this article about the Sinclair dinos. I've only ever heard the name Jonas associated with them. Thought this was interesting. I really wish I had a nice copy of the photo the ran in the article. Its not a view you normally see!
  9. Missing your sign or a gondola? Have no fear. https://www.ebay.com/itm/US-Royal-Ferris-Wheel-Toy-REPLACEMENT-Sign-1964-New-York-Worlds-Fair/183082022705?hash=item2aa089f731:g:ij8AAOSwvoFaiZrZ https://www.ebay.com/itm/US-Royal-Ferris-Wheel-Toy-REPLACEMENT-Gondola-1964-New-York-Worlds-Fair/183082094911?hash=item2aa08b113f:g:CVoAAOSwNmNaiakN
  10. So what the heck did Tik Tok do? It looks like the connection between the gift box and the arm are on a gimble.
  11. Explain this one, please

    Maybe it is a 1910 model, to show the heritage of the Boy Scouts, founded in 1910.
  12. Panorama Featured in WONDERSTRUCK

    That would depend on the 9-10 year old, right? https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/wonderstruck/user-reviews/adult#
  13. Nightmare at 20 feet?

    I have been talking to a very nice lady that worked there in 1965. I think that might be her behind the counter!
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