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    All Things Involving the 64-65 World's Fair and long lost Freedomland

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  1. Where were you in 1953?

    Bravo, Ralph, bravo. I'm sure we all wish we could contribute that much to history.
  2. A Tale of Two Guide Books

    My whole point to this topic is: Couldn't the map in the first edition of the Guide book be a little more descriptive? Could you see someone getting this edition, looking at this map and saying, "I'm not going, it's too confusing".
  3. Some of my 64-65 worlds fair stuff

    Larry, I remember my Dad talking to the bus driver (heck, It could have been you) trying to get a lead on the hot spots to visit at the Fair. I think he was following the old adage similar to: "talk to the cab drivers, they know all the good spots". What ever advice he got from the bus driver turned out to be pretty good. I don't think we missed a major exhibit.
  4. A Tale of Two Guide Books

    I'm only talking about the first edition of the 1964 book, as later editions had the shapes of the buildings and their names on the map. Why they didn't include the Time-Life map with the Guide book, or sell both together as a package deal? (They were sold at the same place) I find the Time-Life map a truer representation of the Fair, and more useful to planning a route through the Fair. (And yes, there are variations of the Time-Life map as well, to reflect changes from '64 to '65.)
  5. One thing that has always fascinated me was the difference between Guide books. I'm not just talking about the difference between 1964 and 1965 books, but the differences between the 1964 editions (four) and 1965 (two). Some people who are selling (and those buying) the books don't even know about the different editions. They are really the tale of two books. But for an example, I'll use the alpha (first edition, 1964) and the omega (last edition , 1965) for comparison. What I really found fascinating about the first edition was this: Image a family planning a trip to the Fair, and getting a Guide book before leaving to plan their days there. They plan on mapping out their routes to different exhibits and plan the day carefully. Whether they had time to study and pre-plan their visit (if the Guide book was given to them by a sponsor) or picked up the Guide book upon entering the Fair they were greeted with this: What the hell? There are just numbers and a keycode to the right. No names, no identification of buildings, no building shapes, nothing. You have to be a cartographer to decipher this. Luckily for me, my family visited the fair in 1965 and obtained current Guide books and maps. But I could imagine my Dad with his limited education becoming frustrated trying to figure this out. (We'll go to 89, then to Ford which is 123, no it's 112, then over to 130 which is, what the heck is that, and get something to eat at---where the hell are the snack bars? Well, here's a spot to get something): Long ago, when I first saw this map, it left me shaking my head. No wonder so many people were on Escorters. Mr. Moses, is this confusion what you intended?
  6. Another WF Flea Market Find

    Correct, it is a Unisphere, and in the spirit of those great old shows--To Tell the Truth and What's My Line: 1) Yes 2) No 3) Yes 4) Not that I could find 5) Yes, I've just got to clean it up a bit To be continued...……………..
  7. I should preface this by saying I'm not a big World's Fair collector. Some people get pleasure out of collecting napkins, coasters, and paper bags, but as they say, "that's really not my bag". And some can argue what was intended as disposable really isn't a collectable. And I don't have room for a white trash bucket. That being said I thought I'd head out to the Brimfield Flea Market (which is huge) today to see what the day would bring. After poking around in the goods of the first ten or so vendors, something caught my eye. Something large that had rings. After moving a few boxes and things around to get a better view, I said to the vendor, "So, how much you want for the globe?" (Notice I said globe) "Twenty bucks, but I'll sell it for fifteen" "Would you do ten?" "I think it's from the World's Fair. Twelve, and it's yours" "Which World's Fair?", I asked, knowing exactly which one it was. "I think it was 1964, twelve and it's yours" "Okay, you have a deal" And with that I brought home my latest coffee table or dining room table piece. BTW, I should have posted before I left that anyone who has anything they wish to have me look for, let me know. I saw a lot of '39 World's Fair stuff, and some Expo '67 stuff. In fact, I offered a guy $5 for a Expo '67 keychain, but he wouldn't budge at $10. If I got it for 5, I was going to post it here for whoever wanted it as long as they paid for shipping. (I have no idea what shipping costs today) So, any guesses what I brought home??
  8. And we are all mortal.
  9. Nope. But we were on the buses and Glide-a-Ride in '65.
  10. Need help with a World's Fair Souvenir

    Thanks, all. I'm debating whether I should keep it or not. I just amazed by its size. The pictures above are about actual size. It's so tiny, must be a woman's lighter. I looked in the Goldfarb Catalog, and although there are some similar models, it's not there. Did Goldfarb have variations of his items for sale? Or were they all to spec? Is there more than one catalog? I'm still surprised that one of his most expensive items (excluding gold and silver jewelry) shows up on eBay a lot.
  11. I'm sure there laughing now. And you should laugh a lot when you remember this. Memories aren't a dime a dozen. BTW, Larry, there's a Greyhound Bus Driver's Jacket for sale on eBay now, if you like to relive old times. All you need is a steering wheel, and you can sit in a chair and...…..…..nevermind.
  12. World's Fair Diary - TV Guide

    And don't forget the artists they had on display like Picasso. (I believe they had 3 works of his on display)
  13. Nice pull, Larry. Now imagine a "real life" Twilight Zone, which takes place 54 years ago. A man is paying for ride (on a bus or Glide-A-Ride for that matter) for his family. Both turn around at the same moment to see a man pointing a camera. The driver is you, the man is my Dad, and the picture is posted here by Bill. Wouldn't that be weird.
  14. I stopped today at a place that is in the business of cleaning out houses. I should have said at the beginning that I can count my 64/65 World's Fair souvenirs on the fingers of both hands. I'm really not a collector. But I paused when I saw this tiny puppy: Can someone tell what this is worth? It's new in the box (never been used--the wick is new), I paid $5.00 for it. Thanks.
  15. Reaching For The Sky

    Regarding photo number 2, it's obviously near an entrance, but which one? Using my preliminary research of trying to crack the "Luminaire Code", it appears it near entrance number 1. (WOWBO) If the code is cracked, it will be possible to locate the place and direction of any photo which has a luminaire in it.
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