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  1. Hello, I post this to celebrate a wonderful time I had walking in the park with a friend, slipping between the memories, about 8 years ago the other day. I don't have this photograph in hand yet to make a proper scan, but I wanted to show it as it is so unusual. While this entrance and signage show up almost enough in photographs and slides in an unintentional or indirect way, often a bit too far away, rarely is this most important of entrances the subject of the photograph. Not sure why. Bill? Jim? Trey? Randy? It would seem this should appear much more than it does. There are enough Futurama entrance photographs, but there you had the time on those huge lines to actually take some photographs. I can't claim to have seen quantities of lines streaming into this structure in all my years. A theoretical lack of a pair painted yellow Kodak feet doesn't quite explain this view almost always missing from albums of nearly any size. Perhaps it is the location with the trees at your back - perhaps a photo-unfriendly situation? I have been finding this fair extremely vertical and tight in some places. This is most apparent in the large format slides - doesn't quite register the same in 35mm undoubtedly due to some lens business. Here we have the entrance to the future photographed as focal point (thankfully it is a decent composition), nicely readable sign, with what I believe is a ticket booth (one of two; the other out of frame to the right) and/or a venue to purchase the 25 cent Official Program. A nice long line of folk wait to enter and ascend the Otis Elevator, largest in the world of course, and witness the Democracity display. The actual entrance is surprisingly small, no? This was 90' per side, yes? No, I am not fully certain this is 1940, but I will be when I get it. This photograph has a brother taken on the Helicline. After seeing the Democracity and walking across the Observation Bridge the photographer entered the Trylon, passed through and exited onto the Helicline. Just as the photographer exited the Trylon and started walking down the gentle incline he turned to his extreme right and took a superb photo unlike any I have seen. This I do not have a decent enough scan of to show yet. They are medium format photographs and will be very cold b/w and quite sharp despite the granular paper. The sign on the booth will be readable for example. This image below, made from a poor snapshot taken with a phone or blender or something, is quite spatially distorted and wanting. But, you will get the idea. It is actually rather copped here with a faked corner because it was so curved in the sale photo. I recall Bill has a very good one, probably in his book, and there is a superb image* in the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Samuel Gottsho. Once I can make a reasonable scan of this it should not come up quite as short. The Entrance to the Perisphere at the base of the Trylon, late summer, 1940 New York World's Fair © EKL15 Best wishes, Eric * In this image here there are a series of 4 framed posters, or what appear to be framed posters, on the side of the Trylon to the right in this image I just posted. Have we discussed these? I seem to recall it but can't remember what we found them to be. Anyone? You can also see the other booth, and a framed image of Democracity used in the Official Program on the side of the booth. Here is a version you can click on that enlarges to a tremendous degree. Click image
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