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  1. On 9/13/2019 at 9:19 AM, Ragaje said:

    Since it was called "Salute to the World's Fair Flower Arrangement" maybe a florist could arrange flowers in it some way??? 

    I never seen pictures of this Unisphere (with or without flowers) in any pictures of the Fair.  


    Coincidence of the Day (regarding the pin): There was a author on C-SPAN today giving a lecture on the history of the automobile.  He touched on the 1939-40 Fair, and on the GM exhibit, saying they gave out these pins (showing an example) and then stated, "I want one of those pins!"   :lol:

  2. Well, I returned to the Brimfield Flea Market again this year, returning with my usual cache of 1964-1965 World's Fair goodies.  What was surprising was the amount of 1939 World's Fair memorabilia.  At one stand, a woman had a stack of 1939 World's Fair stuff, which had to be about 6 inches thick.  It consisted of a Guidebook, official photographs, official Pavilion brochures, schedules, maps, etc.  It was a load of stuff, but I was looking for 64 stuff.

    But about 30 feet away, at a crossway was a fellow selling another 39 item.  There was no big lettering saying "World's Fair" but it was the Trylon and Perisphere that caught my eye.  He was selling portfolios titled "World's Fair Art" or something similarly titled.  Each consisted of 12 (I believe) reproductions of art that was displayed at the Fair.  He had one portfolio and had the twelve pictures prominently framed and displayed.  He was selling them individually or as a set (he had three sets, including the one framed).  So far he had only sold 1 picture.

    But one item I did purchase led me to believe it was something else.  I immediately recognized the slogan (who wouldn't?).

    We all know about this pin:



    So when I saw this pin with others in an estate sale find, 

    I was sure it was a different version of the 64 one.



    Only when I got home and looked at the back, I found a paper tag.  Only then did I realize it was from a different Fair.  



    I knew there was a "Futurama" in '39 and a "Futurama II" in '64 but--

    I never knew that General Motors had "repurposed" the slogan from the 1939-1940 Fair.


    However, now they make an interesting pair.


  3. (I reactivated this thread in the Federal and State Area, as (technically) this is where the structure is located)

    First brought to our attention in this view (from early 1964):

    The structure in question is located in the upper center near the Press Building.


    Here's a closer look:



    I started to look through all the photos for a structure with a blue and white striped roof.

    I found these:


    Well that certainly isn't it.



    And this is just a tent in the People to People garden.


    This structure is interesting, but located in the Transportation Area near the Lowenbrau Gardens.








    Notice the shape of the roof.


    And this one in front of the T+T Pavilion seems to be some kind of gift shop.



    Notice the shape of this roof.


    But back to our mystery structure.

    In this Press photo and the next, notice the shape of the roof:




    It's definitely not flat.


    And here is two of our blue striped roofed structures making a joint appearance:



    But what makes this structure is true mystery is this photo:


    Dated by Bill C. as October 1964. 


    Our mystery structure is----gone.

  4. On 9/2/2019 at 10:13 PM, Grant said:

    There's a Georgia Tech connection to the existing speaker tower too as it was designed by Ed Moulthrop who taught at Georgia Tech. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moulthrop_family Ed was a super nice guy that I had the pleasure of meeting several times but by that time he was well into his woodturning career and I didn't even know about the carillon yet.

    (Not related to the carillon's life at the fair but still a nice factoid) 


    Thanks for that info, Grant.

    I'll have to research if I had Ed as a teacher (architecture).  In fact, he may have been the one to steer us to the carillon at Stone Mountain.


  5. I actually heard a concert given by this instrument.  But it wasn't at the Fair.

    It was years later when I was a freshman at Georgia Tech.  I took a weekend trip to Stone Mountain.

    The music was quite impressive, and at the time I never made the connection that this instrument was at the Fair.


  6. However, in one of Bill Cotter's earlier photo posting, we saw this picture:



    Notice the blue and white striped tent next to Sinclair.

    On the 1964 map it shows an empty lot where the tent is.  I wonder if the Lowenbrau Gardens bumped whoever was in the tent off the empty lot?

    Strange that they have the same blue and white stripes.

  7. 23 hours ago, waynebretl said:

    The operations manual shows TV connection pad #27 (of 30 throughout the fairgrounds) at that location. Could this have been constructed as a place for filming/televising/interviewing arriving dignitaries? .

    RCA did have a room in the Press Building.  Also as indicated by the prints, all communications over the loudspeakers originated in the Press Building ("control room of sound system")

    What surprises me is the fact that the roof is painted.  Look at all the Pavilion roofs in aerial shots, and maybe you have a handful which thought it might be a good idea to either put advertising on or finish the roof (Equitable, Denmark, etc.  I'm not talking about full blown artistic efforts like Travelers, GE, Indonesia, etc.)

    The fact that is was painted so brightly has to account for its noticeability if nothing else.  Just look at the roofs of the surrounding buildings.

    But the fact that it is next to sub-station #2, and behind the Press Building, it's not located in a prime traffic area.  If I had to guess, I'd say it was a Maintenance Annex Building. 

    But the roof is a mystery.

  8. On ‎9‎/‎20‎/‎2007 at 4:33 AM, Bill Cotter said:

    This shot is from early 1964 - lots of work underway on the Hall of Science. You can spot the Ford badge booth. Anyone know what the building was with the blue & white striped roof next to the Press Building?




    Did anyone ever figure this out??


  9. Speaking of GE--

    There was a brief nod to the Carousel of Progress in Disney's latest live-action movie "Dumbo" where they stop in an auto animatronic display featuring a kitchen of the future.

    In fact, part of the movie is a nod to Theme Parks and World's Fairs of the past:



    One of the Pavilions in Dreamland is Wonders of Science, where the auto animatronic display is located.



    Strangely, the owner of this Theme Park/Fair (a kind of Walt Disney character) is displayed in a negative light.  This is surprising, seeing the film was made by Disney.


  10. 5 hours ago, Ragaje said:

    It' funny. I was six years old when I went I very clearly remember the attractions but I have no memory of waiting in lines.


    3 hours ago, waynebretl said:

    I was 21, but likewise do not remember the waits, even though I must have been in them. 

    I too, remember all the big attractions at the Fair, but I never remember waiting in long lines.  Maybe it was the time of the year we went. 

    I think (as a youth) I would have been disappointed if I spent most of the day waiting in line.  I guess the low attendance of the Fair had its side benefits.  

  11. On ‎1‎/‎22‎/‎2006 at 3:24 AM, Randy Treadway said:

    Tasty fish, straight from the North Sea




    Fresh fruit and radishes to wash down the slimy fish



    On ‎1‎/‎22‎/‎2006 at 11:44 AM, Bill Cotter said:

    The things some people took pictures of...

    I don't know when it started but recently it's become fashionable for people started taking pictures of their meals with their cellphones before they eat them.

    A friend of mine who had business in Europe returned and asked me if I'd like to see pictures of the meals they had in Europe.

    I said, "No".


  12. On ‎12‎/‎29‎/‎2005 at 4:14 AM, Randy Treadway said:


    I think this guy needs to attach his tie clasp a little higher, don't you?



    On Ebay a few months ago, someone was auctioning off a item from the 1964-65 World's Fair.

    Listed as "some kind of clip" with a Unisphere on it.

    It was a tie clip.  The guy had no idea what that was.