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  1. Let there be flowers

    All please note that the vertical lines you are seeing are vines dangeling from the plants and their shadows. The blueprints make no mention of any cuts or strips running vertically. We will be building as close as possible to Philip Johnson's plans.
  2. There is a transit related exhibit on transportation to the NY World's Fair Open every Sunday this supper through fall at the Whippany NJ Train Museum. Follow this link: http://www.whippanyrailwaymuseum.net/happenings/191-take-the-pennsy-to-the-fair
  3. After researching several aerial views I was able to come to this conclusion: In the international area at across the street from the back end of the Vatican Pavilion (See in lower right of aerial photo) is a cluster of buildings which housed several international exhibits that presumably did not have their own pavilions. Much like the Better Living Pavilion in the Industrial Area did. Marked by “A” and “B” are the two square tall structures that can also be seen behind our four waffle girls. The girls are on the benches that are on the side of the three road “lanes” further away from the International Plaza. The benches on the lane nearer to the International Plaza can be seen behind the girls and are facing the opposite direction. Shown in the aerial above the Vatican is the end of the Belgium Pavilion which the girls were facing, thus completing the scenario: Four girls enjoying a long day at the fair went to the Belgium Pavilion for some of those iconic World’s Fair Belgium Waffles and then headed over to a nearby bench to rest their tired feet and enjoy their figure destroying treat. 50 years later workers on the New York State Pavilion Paint Project recreate the scene on two restored World’s Fair fiber glass slatted benches on display at the Queens Museum. Their waffles are somewhat bigger “man sized” versions inserted photographically. http://nyspproject.com/
  4. Then and Now Pictures

    Here is a link to several then and now pictures of Disney fair attractions. http://www.imagineeringdisney.com/blog/2013/1/17/then-and-now-1964-65-new-york-worlds-fair.html
  5. I looked for reference to the microwave oven that was said to be in the snack area of the New York State Pavilion and found this reference. The New York State Pavilion at the World's Fair includes customer-operated Thermowave ovens near the snack counter. Manufacturers of the unit forsee the day when hospitals and other institutions will use microwave ovens to provide a greater variety of hot meals." ---"Microwave Ovens Win Acceptance in Restaurants," Jean Hewitt, New York Times, April 13, 1965 (p. 40) This picture shows a 1968 model of the Amana Radarange which may or nor have been the model in use at the pavilion. I hope that others may have more information on this. The painting crew that is working on preservation of the NY State Pavilion has been talking about bringing a microwave to the site along with lunch for the crew. This is to commemorate the exhibit in much the same area of the pavilion where there was once a large food court with various cafeteria counters and tables under trees.
  6. You can now get reproductions of two New York World's Fair souvenir stickers and the profits from their sale will help support the New York State Pavilion Preservation Project. One is a close replica of the 2"x2" Unisphere logo sticker and the other is a 8"x2.25" reproduction of the bumper sticker many drove home from the fair with. Donations and volunteer labor is bringing new life to the ruins of this world's fair legacy, known as the "Tent of Tomorrow" by cleaning the pavilion areas and painting its outer and inner walls the original red and white stripes and the yellow railing of the mezzanine. More information can be found at: http://nyspproject.com Place these stickers sticker where friends and others will see it to keep the memory of this great exposition alive. Great to post near your world's fair collection. Sold on ebay http://www.ebay.com/sch/jimbrownoptisonics/m.html?item=290994248550&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43c09bdb66&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562
  7. You can now get reproductions of two New York World's Fair souvenir stickers and the profits from their sale will help support the New York State Pavilion Preservation Project. One is a close replica of the 2"x2" Unisphere logo sticker and the other is a 8"x2.25" reproduction of the bumper sticker many drove home from the fair with. Donations and volunteer labor is bringing new life to the ruins of this world's fair legacy, known as the "Tent of Tomorrow" by cleaning the pavilion areas and painting its outer and inner walls the original red and white stripes and the yellow railing of the mezzanine. More information can be found at: http://nyspproject.com Place these stickers sticker where friends and others will see it to keep the memory of this great exposition alive. Great to post near your world's fair collection. Sold on ebay http://www.ebay.com/sch/jimbrownoptisonics/m.html?item=290994248550&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43c09bdb66&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562
  8. While at a car show I spotted a license plate with the World's Fair Unisphere logo. So I had to go over the owner and get all the details. Donny Paradiso had one of the Ford cars that took visitors along the Magic Skyway at the Ford Pavilion. Over the years and a previous owner, the car had beed modified. The interior fabrics had been restored and a custom "top" hides the back seat which still exists underneath. One thing was missing; the familiar narration voice of Walt Disney as well as the intro by Henry Ford Jr. So I offered Donny to make a CD containing a continuous look of the complete soundtrack of the pavilion ride including the narration for passengers to keep hands and arms inside the car and to disembark onto the moving platform. If is a Disney produced release of the track so the quality is direct from the original masters. I also shared with him links to the many websites about the fair and encouraged him to join our group meetings and to bring his Ford pavilion car back to its home for one day and display it on the site of the pavilion playing its soundtrack. His Facebook page, with many pictures of his extensive 50s-60s collection can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006095053588&fref=ts&ref=br_tf
  9. WMTR AM a New Jersey station playing oldies is running a contest where listeners identify a pavilion. Go to; http://www.wmtram.com/Contests/Register.aspx?ContestID=180081 For the World's Fair expert like many here this is very basic but none-the-less is bringing the fair history to the public.
  10. Can you name this pavilion?

    WMTR AM a New Jersey station playing oldies is running a contest where listeners identify a pavilion. Go to; http://www.wmtram.com/Contests/Register.aspx?ContestID=180081 For the World's Fair expert like many here this is very basic but none-the-less is bringing the fair history to the public.
  11. From Aligators to Atoms

    Yes, that is right. Thanks for calling that to my attention. It was later changed to the Churchill Pavilion.
  12. From Aligators to Atoms

    On July 22, 2012 a group of about five World's Fair fans explored two attractions that now occupy the former transportation area, the Queens Zoo and the New York Hall of Science. The tour, "From Alligators to Atoms" which was a MeetUp.com/COME-BACK-TO-THE-FAIR event is featured in a detailed photo story by Jim Brown with photography primarily by Jim Brown and Gary Miller. On See the story at: http://www.optisonics.com/wf/aligators-atoms/aligators-atoms.html
  13. Traveler's Pavilion reapearing

    A small group went to the Travelers Pavilion foundation after the film showings on Apr. 22 and all seem to agree that these sightings from Google Earth views show a dirt and grass pattern that very likely would be caused by a change in irrigation conditions created by poorer water drainage above foundation footings around the perimeter and a concrete floor slab in its center.
  14. While working alone at the New York State Pavilion on Thursday April 19th, I was met by the incarnation of Robert Moses (RM). He is now living in the pavilion near its side gate with a few other squatters, three stray cats, who may have been other World Fair Corporation executives in their past lives. RM has returned to the fair that he created and headed as it president. This time as a raccoon who now is suffering rabies. One of the cats is also sick but not with rabbies. I learned more about the Tent of Tomorrow's current occupants from a man who came by to feed them and clean up several paper plates from the previous day's meal. Throughout the day as I was painting over some graffiti, RM and his roomates stared at me from a safe distance as I worked cared for his most treasured of projects in his previous life. I recognized that one of feline the occupants may have been the late Greg Dawson, one of RM's close colleagues who was the head of the Public Relations Department. I asked the man who came to feed if he could train them to keep away the punks who spray the graffiti. But none-the-less, RM is carefully watching over his baby, the New York World's Fair and the world class park he always envisioned but never lived to see.
  15. I was looking on Google Earth and discovered this ghost of a foundation that exactly lines up and matches the geometry of the foundation of the base of the umbrella portion of the Traveler's Pavilion. This view caught my eye immediately. One cannot take this to be anything else other than poor irrigation of the grass and ground level distortion both caused by a cement structure below. Also, when checking aerial photos of the fair pavilions, such as in the Progress Reports, I was able to verify that the umbrella portion of the structure was exactly at this location of the grass/dirt circle. Looking at the top right portion of the circular pattern one can clearly see what appears to be a 2' to 3' wide portion of sinking ground and/or grass death caused by the equally wide footing below. The requirement that all pavilions remove all structures to 3' below grade would shed doubt on my theory, but I believe that in this case the rule was not followed or the conditions changed bringing the concrete higher to the surface or the surface lower. In any case, this is so closely outlining the foundation that it deserves further investigation of the site. If the foundation is so close to the surface, we should be able to drive a rebar in and hit solid in all place at the same depth along the circle and even in the center where the slab may still remain as evident by the discoloration in the center. Note the pooling of water near the top where a concrete slab would inhibit proper drainage. Knowing the standard dimensions of a regulation soccer field, any feature can be referenced on the fairgrounds. This photo shows the smaller concrete pedestal which is approximately 100' in diameter. The entrance wing to the left extends 100' out towards the Pool of Industry. Looking closely it appears that the top of the footing is just extending a few inches above the dirt line in this photo before the concrete flooring for the surrounding fountain was poured. I will be on site 4/21/12 before attending the WF movie event at the rec. center and will report what I see.
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