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  1. We've Got the World's Fair

    Those quotes down below show the difference between New York and L.A.: -New York presents its case and leaves it at that; -L.A. feels it necessary to take a shot at NYC; Same thing happened between NYC and SF in Olympic Bid competition. Somehow Little Old New York triumphed both times. People know the difference between champions and pretenders. Sorry, I'll get off the Gotham City soapbox now. [This message has been edited by Gene (edited 03-28-2003).]
  2. Pavilion Pennants

    Other Caribbean countries exhibited within this complex as well. It's longest lasting legacy probably is that it played a big role in introducing salsa and reggae music to New York and he U.S.A.. Jimmy Cliff was a regular there being Jamaica's official representative.
  3. Pavilion Pennants

    According to a '64 Guidebook, the exhibitor for this attraction is the "Caribbean Exposition Corp."- most likely another private venture as it appears from the description and advertising that this was mostly a retail effort- shops, bars, and restaurants.
  4. Continental token

    It's definitely a colonial era design but that sunburst and sundial together do look sort of space-agey. I love that Franklinesque motto: "Mind Your Business" sounds like something New York would put on subway tokens. I assume it had a different meaning then.
  5. Continental token

    Most definitely not Fair-related. This is a reproduction of a proposed coin designed by Benjamin Franklin of uncertain denomination (probably $1). A real example would be quite expensive but copies are only worth a few dollars and widely available. In the picture, the word "copy" can be faintly seen struck on the coin's face below the sunburst design, directly left of the sundial. Someone might be trying to "add value" there. Beware. [This message has been edited by Gene (edited 03-23-2003).]
  6. Read the Newspaper!

    Indonesia pavilion.
  7. September 1959

    Like GE's then slogan, "Progress is our most important product", and new model campaigns from Detroit, Moses by saying "bigger and better" was trying to appeal to the mindset of post-war America. Now it probably would be, "more intimate, greener and accessible". The GE Pavilion would be about closing nuclear plants. In Pepsi's Small World all the dolls would look and act the same boring way (unlike those '65/'65 stereotypes). General Cigar would be banned entirely, and Clairol might have as many male patrons as female. As far as annexes go, the newly-finished New York State Theater at Lincoln Center was widely presented as part of New York's participation in the Fair, so maybe it qualifies. Also, a further stretch, I believe there was a World's Fair store in the main location of Macy's, a co-exhibitor with All State Properties, at least in 1964. [This message has been edited by Gene (edited 03-19-2003).]
  8. September 1959

    No Javits, No Fair, maybe No Moses, No Fair, definitely. By '59, Moses was in somewhat of a decline from his post-war peak, the immediate reason being the Title I housing scandal involving some of his subordinates, but he still had the then Mayor Wagner firmly in his camp (if not under his thumb) and controlled the City's parks and highways. As Moses jealously guarded his territory from even the slightest incursion by others, it is not likely that he would have agreed to a Fair run by others on parkland which provided the only large unbuilt on lands in the City at that time outside of Staten Island and outlying areas of Brooklyn and Queens. Even then Moses would have needed to approve any Fair plans as it would have involved highway additions. In 1959 he was induced to resign from most of his City jobs to head up the Fair by a lucrative compensation package. If he hadn't done so Moses would have retained his positions and his power. To see how an exposition proposal would have "fared" without his involvment see the saga of the Brooklyn Dodgers from about the same time. Walter O'Malley went to the City with an offer to build a new stadium in downtown Brooklyn with his own money if the City would co-operate in providing the site and related matters. Almost everyone including Mayor Wagner was for it, everyone except Moses who wanted a tenant for what would become Shea Stadium. A new stadium in Brooklyn was not in his plans. The rest is history. [This message has been edited by Gene (edited 03-17-2003).]
  9. September 1959

    Since the date of the article is 1959, it probably wasn't clear how the fair site would develop. Apart from the area beyond the Federal Pavilion of 39/40, the main difference between '39 and '64 as far as usable acreage goes seems to be the respective amusement areas. The '39 Fair's stretched down the eastern side of Meadow Lake, space which was used for parking in '64. While the '39 amusement zone was popular (to many it was the Fair) it was considered an embarassment to connected others who had more high-minded ideas. Among these was the Yale and Oxford-educated Moses who had no interest in recreating it for '64 for fear of attracting a rough element that might scare away Moses' consituency - car-driving middle class visitors. Even the smallish later one was too much trouble for him. After the 64/65 Fair he remarked the land there would have been put to better use as parking. Since the entire park today covers about 1257-acres that 1200+ acreage for '39 appears to include the lakes' surface which is a bit of a stretch (the park is slightly larger today due to the Kissena Corridor extension). While '39 is still larger the comparative acreage used is alot closer. [This message has been edited by Gene (edited 03-17-2003).]
  10. Jean Shepherd

    Ran across this sound clip of play-by-play satirical account of various Fair attractions (Pepsi, IBM, Clairol and others) by the late, great humorist,Jean Shepherd-scroll down to 9/15/64: <a href="http://shep-archives.com/Listings/Show.php?aonly=1&date=1964&desc=&category=&source=FHC&audio=.&search=Search" target="_blank">http://shep-archives.com/Listings/Show.php?aonly=1&date=1964&desc =&category=&source=FHC&audio=.&search=Search://http://shep-archives.com/Listings/S....&search=Search://http://shep-archives.com/Listings/S....&search=Search://http://shep-archives.com/Listings/S....&search=Search://http://shep-archives.com/Listings/S....&search=Search://http://shep-archives.com/Listings/S....&search=Search://http://shep-archives.com/Listings/S....&search=Search://http://shep-archives.com/Listings/S....&search=Search://http://shep-archives.com/Listings/S....&search=Search://http://shep-archives.com/Listings/S....&search=Search://http://shep-archives.com/Listings/S....&search=Search://http://shep-archives.com/Listings/S....&search=Search://http://shep-archives.com/Listings/S....&search=Search://http://shep-archives.com/Listings/S....&search=Search://http://shep-archives.com/Listings/S....&search=Search://http://shep-archives.com/Listings/S....&search=Search://http://shep-archives.com/Listings/S....&search=Search://http://shep-archives.com/Listings/S....&search=Search://http://shep-archives.com/Listings/S....&search=Search://http://shep-archives.com/Listings/S....&search=Search://http://shep-archives.com/Listings/S....&search=Search://http://shep-archives.com/Listings/S....&search=Search://http://shep-archives.com/Listings/S....&search=Search://http://shep-archives.com/Listings/S....&search=Search://http://shep-archives.com/Listings/S....&search=Search://http://shep-archives.com/Listings/S....&search=Search://http://shep-archives.com/Listings/S....&search=Search://http://shep-archives.com/Listings/S....&search=Search</a> [This message has been edited by Gene (edited 03-15-2003).]
  11. September 1959

    Interesting. If Congress called for a fair in '59, it must have been inspired by the example of Brussels in 1958. The lack of much official European participation then was ironic indeed. It doesn't sound like the type of thing that New York Senators would have come up with themselves though, Robert Moses most likely was operating behind the scenes. I've always understood that Robert(?) Koppel was the one who really originated the idea and secured then Mayor Robert Wagner's support but only Moses had the juice to pull it off. Was anyone other then D.C. and New York looking to host a fair in '64? [This message has been edited by Gene (edited 03-15-2003).]
  12. Why Wait?

    Here's a little time capsule humor: <a href="http://www.theonion.com/onion3537/time_capsule.html" target="_blank">http://www.theonion.com/onion3537/time_capsule.html</a> Perhaps a bit too close to the truth then the high-minded folks at Westinghouse and Oglethorpe U. would have liked to believe.
  13. The Beginning

    The 50,000 seat stadium referenced in the article for FMCP was in fact Shea Stadium. Moses had tried to interest the Giants and Dodgers in it before they moved and it remained on the drawing board until the Mets came along. The plan's existence no doubt helped motivate the stadium's name sake, William Shea, a power broker of the time, and Moses' associate, to pursue a baseball franchise for New York.
  14. Everything's Groovy

    "Gruv wood"- an "ice bucket"? Man, you are really in nowheresville. You're supposed to smoke those things. That's how we got it past the fuzz.
  15. Why Wait?

    The '39-'40 one captured the imagination and triggered a boomlet in the world of time capsules. In town squares across America there are still buried these remnants. They date back to the 19th Century practice of sealing momentos into the cornerstones of newly built churches and important public buildings. So actually as futuristic as it appeared it was one of the oldest concepts at the '39/'40 Fair.