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Hello Folks! ;)

It has been a while since I have been able to post. My hands are full with trying to care for a very ill relative and its 24/7/? - hospitals, specialists and more. Other things are also in flux - this is an...interesting time. I am very tired and getting sporadic sleep which is interrupted almost always.

My collection is coming to an end as I am starting to run out of criterion. Good photos of people taking good photos is where I am likely to stop. There will be a post in the The Souvenir Shop soon. Generally speaking, if you want it, I may have it. Some in multiple views. I will be selling images of the fair on fire so this could be a fire sale ;) More about this later - samples below.

Of course, am retaining my personal collection. Only a small % of it has been seen here.

I am happy to say after 23 years I have found the one photo that has my fav subject(s) in context, fav time of day and fav vantage. It is even noted with time and exposure. Slides are great - but I do have a weakness for double weight b/w prints of quality. Anyway, I have found a photo that can only be called "dreamy" or like "Things to Come"....any guesses on what this photo is of? Hint: Once I created a colorized simulation of this image or view and it got good words here. When I have them I will share them. Trey, you are gonna like this one. I find it more exciting than the interior Trylon photo. It is dripping with fair fancy and rich with symbolism and composed to kill...even the lighting is something I have not seen. In fact, I haven't even seen anything remotely like this new photo - even a bad photo or lucky shot. Nothing. Guesses anyone?

Best wishes and hope all is well with...ALL! :D

Eric

Has anyone any information on our D. Kushing????????? Emails and calls unreturned and I am worried about him. He was under a lot of stress I think.

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HI All,

I stupidly placed this new batch of photograhs with the special photo mentioned above in one of my storage units and I can't locate it. You know, that special place where you never would lose it...Anyway, I thought I'd show the small scan I bought it from for now as it is the composition that really rocks. The lights coming from inside the entrance doors to the Trylon balance the image well and are not usually seen. It is razor sharp despite the pearl/matte finish and double weight. Medium size too! As I said - I have waited 23 years for this photo!!!

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The Astronomer by Carl Milles, 1939, taken at night but before 10 pm as there are folks on the Observation Bridge.

Best wishes - hope you like it as much as I do.

Eric

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Hi Trey :)

Thanks. I always imagined finding this sort of angle but never expected it to be at night for some reason. I will post a scan shortly that shows the quality! This photo has a daytime brother...and some other stuff as well ;) A Greyhound water taxi of some sort, turnstiles I have never seen before in the area of the Federal Building...lots!

Best wishes,

Eric

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So.... is that the Perisphere, on the right? Are we seeing a forced perspective kind of thing like someone standing as if they were holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa?

Gorgeous old photo, but I'm not certain of what I'm seeing. (Yes, I see the Trilon in the back left).

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Hi Doug, Hi Trey,

Yes, that is the Perisphere on the right. Below is a restored and corrected scan of this photograph. Of all the photographs I have in my collection, this is among my very favorite. It was taken looking south-south east from the very end of the Helicline, before 10 pm.

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The Astronomer by Carl Milles, The New York World's Fair of 1939, Original matte finish silver gelatin print on deckled edged double weight paper, 4 3/4" x 3 1/4", Typed caption: "The Thinker - Black & White Night Study"

Restored Digital File © / Eric Longo Collection

I have modified a photograph from public.resource.com to show the location of the photographer, the subjects and the Sundial/compass for orientation.

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AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY, USA, NEW YORK, 1939 WORLDS FAIR, TRYLON AND PERISPHERE

SI Neg. 99-42655. Date: na...Straight vertical aerial view of the Theme Center of the 1939 New York World's Fair, held in Flushing Meadows Park, New York City; view is directly over the Perisphere, with the Trylon seen at top.

Credit: Jack McRae. (Smithsonian Institution); From public.resource.org

Best wishes,

Eric

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WOW!

Thank you for this pearl, Eric.

Luís

Hello Luis,

You are very welcome :) I really love this particular photograph.

Luis, I have a terrible feeling I owe you a scan or an email! Do let me know which?

Best wishes,

Eric

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Hello again Luis,

I went through over 1000 photographs in my never-looked-at Government envelope last night, slowly, and found exactly 1 b/w print of Portugal! It is small but quite good. Looks a lovely building. I may have in color in day and or night.

Does anyone else have any Astronomer photographs to share? I must have another 15 but this is by far the best. One I have shows a large sign to prevent people from walking up the Helicline and telling them where the Perisphere entrance is. It must be very late 1940 as I have not seen this sign before.

Best wishes,

Eric

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