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  1. Signed copies of my new book "1884- NEW ORLEANS-1885 The great World's Fair" - ISBN 978-0-692-06509-9 - are now available for purchase on eBay. Softcover, 308 pages, 8.5 x 8.5 inches, over 250 rare photographic images by the Centennial Photographic Company, consisting of stereoviews, magic lantern slides, and cabinet card photographs, all from my personal collection: https://www.ebay.com/itm/302660338569?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649
  2. Hello, This photo, taken at the 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair atop one of the Sky Ride Towers, shows a man walking on the gondola cables. Anyone familiar with this?
  3. 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.
  4. I got to Flushing Meadows 40 minutes early for the New York State Pavilion event and was number 650 on line. And the line got longer and longer. I know of one person that was over number 1300. and many more people came. Finally, the line had to be cut off and it looks like they'll do this again on May 18th. It was great going inside the pavilion and it was even greater seeing the tremendous turnout. While I went to the Fair 50 years ago, most people appeared to be too young to have gone. That says a lot about the lasting affect (and affection) towards the Fair and the New York State Pavilion.
  5. Hello All, Not sure if this is the right place to post a topic like this but, here goes. What would you think of a permanent-style fair in the tradition of the former World's Fairs at Flushing Meadows? I understand that getting something like that to work (to the best of my knowledge Flushing Meadows, as a city park, is under the jurisdiction of the New York City government) would be daunting and, quite likely, economically unfeasible in the long run. As such, I'm not asking for how 'possible' it'd be but rather for your ideas for a permanent fair. What would you put into it? a 'Futurama III'? A United Nations pavilion? I have a few ideas and drawings of my own which I'll post as soon as I figure out how the photo attachments work and I hope to hear some of your guys' ideas too. Also, just to get an idea of my frame of mind (or lack thereof), I'm listening to a vinyl copy of 1964's 'Hello Dolly!' as I write this...
  6. I am looking for a very specific NY State Pavilion brochure that mentions Andy Warhol's mural "The Thirteen Most Wanted Men" was, as I'm sure many of you are familiar, a mural depicting enlargements of NYPD “mug shots” that was commissioned for the exterior of Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion for the 1964 World’s Fair. In an article found in the Journal-American dated, April 15, 1964, titled "Mural is Something Yegg-stra," the authors mention a brochure for the NY State Pavilion. The article reads as follows: "The Pavilion's brochure explains more specifically that "the repeated images forma field a rectangle nearly coextensive with that of the canvas. It adds hopefully: 'Many artists have been against commerce and industry and society in general. This attitude seems too simple now, even naive. Warhol and many contemporary artists are interested in society as it is.' Frederic B. Vogel, director of special events of the New York State Commission on the World's Fair and the man who supposedly had final say on the mural was not immediately available for comment." I have been unable to locate a copy of this brochure, has anyone ever seen one or have one their collection?
  7. Hi, Folks- My name is George--I'm a brand new member of this forum. I work in law enforcement and do a bit of writing as well. (My user name, FintoFile, is a plug for my blog, which can be found at www.FintoFile.com.) The 1964 World's Fair was an important part of my childhood, and I still have vivid memories of it, although I was no older than four at the time. I recently rediscovered Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, and was delighted and amazed to see that so much of the Fair's footprint is still there--almost the entire pattern of fountains, including the Fountain of the Planets (also called the Pool of Industry, I think), and the paths around which the Fair was built. Well, I fell in love, and was just preparing to nose around and find out if anyone was advocating for sprucing up the two big towers, the Fountain of the Planets (which really needs work, but could be beautiful again), and the other fountains. I wanted to get involved. But then I read in the New York Post this week that a deal is in the works to build a soccer stadium in the Park. I love the idea of a soccer stadium in that area. But a little research showed me an article in the Wall Street Journal, with a map showing the new stadium plopped right on top of--the Fountain of the Planets! I don't know if it's too late to stop or modify these plans, but if so I want to help. We must protect the remants of the Fair, which was such an important part of New York's and America's history. How's this for an idea? A soccer stadium a little bit away from the fountains (or, even better, in Willets Point)--and a rejuvenated World's Fair area in the Park, with the Fountain of the Planets fountaining again, plaques showing what the area looked like during the Fair (both Fairs!), and some other attractions built on some of the vacant land around (not on!) the Fair footprint. I'm looking forward to reading what other people think--and hope to hear that there's a way to get involved. George
  8. I was watching the Olympics last night and I was surprised to see a commercial with shots from the 1964 New York World's Fair publicity film "To The Fair". The first two shots of the commercial spot are color transfers from the "To The Fair" film. Then you see the interior of a few "national pavilions" recreated for the spot. Also look out for the 64 NYWF logos in red and blue without the Unisphere. Its interesting that Stella Artois threw back to what is becoming a rather obscure cultural reference in the United States. But, very cool. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h493qOTd5PI
  9. 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.
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