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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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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