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  1. Hi All, a new slide from a small batch. This view is new to me
  2. An interesting article about a Harlem preacher whose tombstone is a model of the Trylon and Perisphere; theme center of the 1939-40 New York World‘s Fair. Trylon & Perisphere Headstone
  3. Hi All, I wanted to share a new 11x14 photo I added to my collection. Late 1938, Perisphere nearing completion from the highest point available. You can see the Observation Platform and also the edge of the Trylon on the far right. It can be seen at the NYPL site as NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11686556 here - NYPL . I am unable to make a scan at this size so I am showing their copy for now. Mine is also double-weight, lacks the "FILE COPY" stamps all over the place, and is actually not as cropped as the NYPL example - so showing a good bit more image . The vantage - this was taken from inside the absolute tip top window looking down, with the GCP off to the far left. There is another photo of the same at the NYPL taken at the 470 foot window (you can see it at the linked page - see the other oversized images in this collection), but when you look out of that window, you can just barely see "over" to the center of the top surface of the Perisphere, where the rings meet - you need to be at this height - nearing 610' to see this in this fashion! And that is a bit too high for me! Oddly, the landscaping is ahead of the structures construction! This is now one of my favorite photographs. Best always and enjoy, Eric
  4. The Railroads on Parade Building with the Corona Gates North beyond likely before opening . From an original 8" x 10" Kodachrome transparency. Rolfes.
  5. The The Center from the Bridge of Wings, early 1939 - likely during construction. Flags flying! Original 8" x 10" Kodachrome transparency.
  6. Detail from an original 8" x 10" Kodachrome transparency. Ford's Wheel of Progress.
  7. Color Photos from 1939

    Some lovely color photos from the 1939 New York World Fair posted today in The Atlantic. 39 NYWF COLOR PHOTOS IN THE ATLANTIC
  8. Hello, Just found this forum and thought I'd ask around here for an item that I'm looking for. I'm looking for a bracelet from the 1939 World's Fair, something like this pattern. I'm looking for a smaller one, like a child's size, as what I want to do is have it recast into sterling to use as a napkin holder. Condition doesn't matter too much to me so long as it isn't deeply scratched or bent.
  9. A good friend alerted me to this fascinating story from Atlas Obscura about the Bell Telephone Pavilion at the 1939 New York World's Fair. I've read before about a breakthrough electronic voice technology showcased there by Bell Labs called THE VODER-- but until this article (which includes an embedded YouTube recording), I'd never actually gotten to hear the device "speak." Pretty cool stuff. Sounds of The Voder
  10. Hi All some new additions to my image archive, I am very pleased with all of these. The first top left: The Genbaku Dome (Industrial Exhibition Hall) in Hiroshima - late for me - perhaps 1958 but the color, awesome composition and early (third) fence which would soon be changed motivated me. Often said to be the only building left standing, this is not true. Some remain even today. Originally slated for destruction, men like Kiyoshi Kikkawa and others rallied to have it preserved. It is protected today. I have a model of this building built my Kikkawa out of bomb scraps, finished with a blow torch, and also roof tiles and ceramic home wire nuts boxed and decorated by Kikkawa and sold in his Atomic Souvenir Shop. He was a great proponent of peace. Next - top right: Entrance 1939 NYWF large format full 8" x 10" transparency. This is cropped! That is the Hall of Special Events(?) in yellow - the wedge shaped thing. I think in 1940 it had dancing. Textiles sculpture is nearby but not seen here. Those are "hairpins" in blue neon. That is NOT the base of the Star Pylon to the left but some other sculpture I can't name. The two red pylons, the "twin towers" as they were called at the time, are on the far right - they are not red here but the two rectangular white illuminated tops can be seen. These are the two tall towers in front the of the Communications Building on either side of Reneir's "Speed" for orientation. I think here you are looking towards where those 1964 rockets would be in Transportation, in the far distance, across the GCP? Bill? The switchback foreground is particularly exciting and the color is beautiful if I may say so. Dream. I can't recall right now - this is the entrance (out of frame to extreme right), LIRR I think closest to the Town of Tomorrow, but oddly looking toward the Communications Zone and beyond while walking in - most unusual! I've never seen the fair like this. Have you? No T&P and still strong. Bottom left: The Cunard R.M.S. Mauretania entering the metal Industries yard at Rosyth, Scotland, on July 4th 1935 at 6 am. She is to be broken up in Dry Dock No. 1. Last bit hauled ashore in August of 1936. A half gale greeted her during this sad arrival. The kilted piper seen is playing a funeral lament for this revered vessel - a lament whose name is Flowers of ...Flodden Field or Flowers of the Forest. I just can't recall. Even in this state correspondent Paul Walker said she was still imposing, rust and all. Massive and powerful. After all - 790 feet. All her fittings have been sold off here - even most of her lifeboats and docking equipment. are gone. Public rooms gone - stripped and sold. I have some bits. .And yet, in this barren condition, on July 8, 10,000 people lined up to pay to board her one last time. This money one went to local charity. Even in her death, she provided much needed work in the north for the men at Rosyth. The 22-foot Ribband she flies here represents each year she held the record for the fastest crossing - 22 consecutive years losing to the Bremen in July 1929 - by a half an hour after so many years of design improvements! True record holder - greyhound. This print is period - there is a Getty image taken moments after this by the same photographer, but this photograph seems to be unique and unpublished. This is perhaps the rarest single image I have (not including stereoscopic, color, panoramic and glass) and I think it is from a copy negative but certainly period. Her masts have been chopped to fit under the Firth of Forth Bridge - the bridge designed by Thomas Arroll who designed the Great Gantry to construct...Titanic! Bottom right: Cunard R.M.S. Mauretania in Liverpool 1914 with black/dark painted bridge. She finally has her post Titanic lifeboat configuration (took until Nov. 1913 to get rafts all over the place). WW1 has started and she is in transitional drab scheme before being called up again later in the year (after August 6). She and Lusitania were painted in and out of dark colors at this time. Later, she spent all of 1917 laid up in Gareloch, Scotland- she required so many tons of coal per day she was deemed too costly and impractical to operate in the Med so the 1902 contract with the Admiralty for her to serve in wartime, "if needed" (hence the construction subsidy) proved somewhat unrealistic. She did however see much service in 1918/1919 but things were quite different then. Images from 1914 are very scarce. That tug is the Skirmisher which I think also tended Titanic a few years before. Not a single life was lost on this ship during her war years. I HOPE YOU ENJOY! Best wishes, Eric
  11. World's Fairgrounds from Space

    Great shot of San Francisco and two historic World's Fair sites (1939 Golden Gate Expo and 1915 Pan Pacific Expo) taken from the International Space Station by Commander Scott Kelly.
  12. Hi, I'm currently working on a project about the New York World's Fair of 1939-1940, and I'm interested in comparing a few things with the Golden Gate Fair that was held the same year. The New York Public Library holds all the official records about the NYWF. But I can't find anything online about records of the Golden Gate Fair. Are there official records anywhere? Did I not search it right? I'm interested in finding information on Federal participation at the Fairs. Thanks for your help!
  13. Hello Members, First time in the Forum ... Trying to learn if the Bavarian porcelain maker, Royal Bayreuth, had an exhibition at the 1939 World's Fair. Thanks for your time. Charles
  14. Ok, so the GGIE is not classified as a "GREAT" Fair, and I'm well aware of its own controversial history but it was confusing to see members chat about it under the NY 39 forum. I see that it has a separate (lower) life below in the history of fair decades. I would like to see it achieve its own separate status and not be buried in a 'decade' classificaiton. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area; my father was stationed on Treasure Island before WW2. While the GGIE has some illegitimacy in world fair history, I feel that it should be given a proper forum along with the other fairs. Some people confuse things by chatting about it in the New York Fair forum. I think the GGIE deserves a discrete forum so it can cultivate its own history and autonomy. What do you think? Can it be extricated from the current NY 1939 forum as a topic and is it worthy of a classification as a Great Fair? I think so.
  15. New York-Fair or No Fair

    Short New Yorker piece on providing male escorts for unattached women in 1930s NYC elliptically mentions the NYWF. Mentions an interesting lead...a guide to NYC specifically for single women titled New York - Fair or No Fair, by Marjorie Hillis. Maybe some interested PTUer can track that one down in fulfillment of the social science requirement for the NYWF merit badge. Hillis was apparently famous for her 1936 advice book, Live Alone and Like It. A guide such as the above was probably well received in such times when average women were finding themselves in historically novel situations. http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2014/07/gentlemen-for-rent.html
  16. Hi everyone, I posted about this topic in the Introductions section but am hoping to start a larger conversation here. Forgive for the cross-post! I'm a documentary filmmaker based in Brooklyn NY, and wanted to let you all know about my new documentary film, WORLD FAIR. WORLD FAIR is a short documentary about memory, amateur cinematography, and the 1939 New York World's Fair. The film incorporates archival Kodachrome footage from the fair, and focuses on the world's fair memories of five, lovely characters, now in their eighties and nineties, living in New York and Connecticut. (The title is an intentional play on words! I'm interested in how the fair helped visitors imagine an attractive, hopeful, modern world.) This film has been my labor of love for the past year and is nearly ready for the big screen. As of this posting I am in the FINAL WEEK of fundraising to finish WORLD FAIR on Kickstarter. I would be so grateful for the support of folks in this community. I have until March 19 to reach my mimimum goal - and every bit helps. I held a work-in-progress screening recently at the Museum of the City of New York, and I look forward to bringing the finished film to communities across the country in months ahead. The film has been invited to make an exciting premiere this spring... but before that can happen, I need to reach my fundraising goal. You can learn more about WORLD FAIR and watch a 3-minute project video right here: http://kck.st/XojgEt I would be so grateful for your contributions! If you'd like to know more about the film, host a screening of the film, or suggest potential funders, drop a note on this page, or email me at amanda@wickedelicate.com. Thank you! Amanda
  17. Hi everyone, I'm a documentary filmmaker based in Brooklyn NY, and I'm pleased to let you know about my new film, WORLD FAIR. This film has been my labor of love for the past year and is nearly ready for the big screen. WORLD FAIR is a short documentary about personal memory, amateur cinematography, and the 1939 New York World's Fair. The film incorporates colorful archival footage from the fair, and focuses on the world's fair memories of five, lovely characters (now in their eighties and nineties) living in New York and Connecticut. I'm raising some essential finishing funds on Kickstarter and would be so grateful for the support of folks in this community. I have until March 19 to reach my mimimum goal - and every bit helps. I held a work-in-progress screening recently at the Museum of the City of New York, and I look forward to bringing the finished film to communities across the country in 2013. You can learn more about WORLD FAIR and my team and watch a 3-minute project video right here: http://kck.st/XojgEt Please consider making a contribution. I would be so grateful for your support! If you'd like to know more or suggest potential funders, or you're interested in hosting a screening, you can reach me at amanda@wickedelicate.com. Thank you! Amanda
  18. Hi everyone. I'm new to this site and I thank those that administer for the World's Fair Community. I visited the 1964-'65 NY World's Fair many times and presently live within walking distance from Flushing Meadows Park. Since the 50th & 75th anniversaries of both New York World's Fairs are less than 2 years away, I'd like to know if there are any plans by the Queens Museum or any other organization? I have been in contact with the Walt Disney Organization and they said that they are aware of the anniversary, but they would not yet say what their plans were. Is there anyone that knows what (if anything) might be in the works? Thanks.