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  1. Interesting estate slides from former GM exec. Check out this auction and others by the same seller: https://www.ebay.com/itm/372361630747?ul_noapp=true
  2. Surfing the web found this old newspaper article: http://newspaperarchives.uhcc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/upperhutt?a=d&d=UpperHuttLeader19641209.2.41 It notes that there were 68-72 persons over the winter refurbishing the exhibits. That's a lot. How many in the rest of the fair? And there must be photos out there of the winter over party.
  3. http://www.queensmuseum.org/events/book-launch-of-new-biography-of-norman-bel-geddes Book Launch of New Biography of Norman Bel Geddes With Author B. Alexandra Szerlip Apr 23 2017 2:00pm–4:00pm Join us for reading by the author B. Alexandra Szerlip followed by a discussion with Louise Weinberg, Registrar/Archives Manager and Curator at the Queens Museum. The event will conclude with a book sale and signing. Norman Bel Geddes was a ninth-grade dropout who found himself at the center of the worlds of industry, advertising, theater, and even gaming. He designed everything from the first all-weather stadium, to Manhattan’s most exclusive nightclub, to Futurama, the prescient 1939 World’s Fair exhibit that envisioned how America would look in the not-too-distant sixties. In The Man Who Designed the Future: Norman Bel Geddes and the Invention of Twentieth Century America, B. Alexandra Szerlip reveals precisely how central Bel Geddes was to the history of American innovation. He presided over a moment in which theater became immersive, function merged with form, and people became consumers. A polymath with humble Midwestern origins, Bel Geddes’s visionary career would launch him into social circles with the Algonquin roundtable members, stars of stage and screen, and titans of industry. Light on its feet but absolutely authoritative, this first major biography is a must for anyone who wants to know how America came to look the way it did. B. Alexandra Szerlip is a two-time National Endowment for the Arts Writing Fellow, a Yaddo fellow, and runner-up for London’s Lothian Prize for a first biography-in progress. She has contributed to The Paris Review Daily and The Believer, among other publications, and has worked in professional theater, as a book editor, sculptor and graphic designer. Raised on the East Coast, she lives in San Francisco. Images: B. Alexandra Szerlip photo © Adam Keker, The Man Who Designed the Future: Norman Bel Geddes and the Invention of Twentieth Century America, courtesy of Melville House
  4. Mega Sized Futurama Find

    Take a look at this massive reference of Futurama from an estate sale! http://www.ebay.com/itm/GM-Futurama-Press-Release-Lot-1964-New-York-Worlds-Fair-Photos-Historic-Set-/191949302312?hash=item2cb111ea28%3Ag%3AyZoAAOSwawpXtitr&nma=true&si=1XRFKaGsK7Uo0rZQ7rNILtRAHUo%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 Unfortunately I missed the sale as my Ebay search alert isn't working for some reason.
  5. Futurama Model Scale

    Hopefully this isn't off topic, but we recently went on vacation and stopped at the EnterTrainment Junction in Ohio. They have the largest G scale train setup, which is 1/22 scale. This as far as I can tell from measuring original Futurama cars and buildings, is the same scale used by GM, at least in the city display. I've attached a few pictures, and like the NYWF pavilion, it is difficult to convey the size. They have several train setups from various points in history, the last one being modern day and very similar to Futurama.
  6. This is some kind of GM publication that looks at NYWF 64 Futurama II predictions and describes how they panned out. There's a small slide show. Again there's an image from that mystery ride I've seen glimpses of over the years. This time the visitor conveyance is visible carrying passengers past a sea floor exploration diorama. Does anyone recognize where that scene is from? http://fastlane.gm.com/2014/05/02/general-motors-predicts-future-50-years-ago/?utm_source=Disqus&utm_medium=Syndication&utm_campaign=May2014
  7. Just wanted to let everyone know about my forthcoming book, Tomorrow-Land: The 1964-65 World's Fair and the Transformation of America (Lyons Press) available now for pre-order at Amazon. It comes out on January 7, 2014—just six months for now. You can check out info about it, and the World's Fair, and all things Queens at my blog: http://jtirella.wordpress.com.
  8. GM Futurama Furniture Find

    Kind of expensive but interesting: http://www.wright20.com/auctions/view/EYNX/F5XO/306/lotno_asc/none/FV1D/ http://www.wright20.com/auctions/view/EYNX/F5XO/305/lotno_asc/none/0/0/
  9. Great story about bel Geddes' model and game making background! http://www.believermag.com/issues/201205/?read=article_szerlip
  10. Hello, I have automotive pieces (cars) from the GM Futurama ride in the 1939 World's Fair in New York. Uncle Eddie, a family friend who was on the crew that set up & dismantled the Futurama ride, wound up with a portion of the display. The following is a link to photographs of the unrestored cars in their original condition, http://www.flickr.com/photos/77085411@N02/sets/72157629408142929/ The writing, Futurama, on the roof of the largest car is in pencil, the writing on the bottom is in ink & pencil. The large metal car measures approximately 5.5" long 2" high & 2.5" wide. The smaller plastic cars measure from 0.5" to just over 2" in length. I am seeking any information of their potential value with the intent of selling. Ideally it would be nice to see them displayed for public consumption. Unfortunately the museums are only interested in donations. Thank You, Nicole
  11. Hello, I have automotive pieces (cars) from the GM Futurama ride in the 1939 World's Fair in New York. Uncle Eddie, a family friend who was on the crew that set up & dismantled the Futurama ride, wound up with a portion of the display. The following is a link to photographs of the unrestored cars in their original condition, http://www.flickr.com/photos/77085411@N02/sets/72157629408142929/ The writing, Futurama, on the roof of the largest car is in pencil, the writing on the bottom is in ink & pencil. The large metal car measures approximately 5.5" long 2" high & 2.5" wide. The smaller plastic cars measure from 0.5" to just over 2" in length. I am seeking any information of their potential value with the intent of selling. Ideally it would be nice to see them displayed for public consumption. Unfortunately the museums are only interested in donations. Thank You, Nicole
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