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Building the Bell System Pavilion

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Wow, I'm really excited about finding this film. For one thing, it's in very good condition with excellent color. It shows the construction of the Bell System Pavilion including the groundbreaking with Robert Moses, all the way up to its completion and opening. Not only does it provide a wonderful record of the construction of this pavilion (my personal favorite, by the way) but also some fantastic shots of other pavilions, including the New York State, IBM, and Tower of Light, as well as the partially-constructed Unisphere. The soundtrack seems to have been lost, but other than that this is a real delight. I've attached a dozen or so snapshots from the film. You can view it yourself at the Prelinger Archives:

http://archive.org/d...196_01_50_11_00

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Besides the exhibits, fascinating to 9-year-old me, I liked it because it rarely had long lines and didn't charge an admission fee. I always look longingly at the soccer field in the park where Bell System stood, now just a distant memory - like the Bell System itself!

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if anyone is interested i have the out door flag that flew in front,for sale or trade

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if anyone is interested i have the out door flag that flew in front,for sale or trade

Could you post a picture?

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That is some of the best quality film from the Fair I have seen. The color is so well preserved; I wonder if it was a Technicolor print.

Processing I recognize:

Transferred to video tape with a flying-spot telecine (better than the earlier vidicon types, but results in vertical stretch/compress waves in the image when the film runs non-uniformly). I wonder what year this was done.

There is some drifting of the color balance, which may be due to the original film, or more likely, I think, due to some automatic color correction that was used in the telecine transfer at the time.

I wonder if the source was the first generation tape (probably) or a later generation.

The transfer to digital is good, but not perfect (as usual for lack of enough bits - improvement would inflate the file size and make streaming difficult).

The other obvious thing to note, of course, is the production values and the money that must have gone into making this.(Helicopter shots!) I thought the gray tape holding the end of the grand opening ribbon was uncharacteristically tacky (no pun intended).

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The other obvious thing to note, of course, is the production values and the money that must have gone into making this.(Helicopter shots! )

The not-so-good old days when Ma Bell was a monopoly and rolling in our dough!

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Know what? I think we were better off with Bell, I never really understood why we took the best single telephone system in the world and broke it into the weird mess we have today. Telephone bills have done nothing but increase. I must be a dinosaur in the electronic age, but I yearn for a more simple time when everyone had a black telephone designed to survive a nuclear blast (except suburbanites who had strange pink Princess telephones) which rented for three bucks a month and had rotatry dials. I miss operators who actually talked to me and one who once helped me when I got lost in downtown Syracuse when I was about 6. I miss dialing O and reporting a misdialed long distance number and receiving an immediate bill correction. I miss knowing the rates dropped at 5 PM and again at 9 PM and were lower all weekend. I miss telephone booths and the sound of the change dropping down the slot. I miss the time when I was maybe 15 and I found over four bucks in phone booth change at Detroit Metro airport during a flight delay. It bought me enough crap to eat on the plane for an around the world flight. I miss the simpler days. For the record, there is no way my mobile phone has enriched my life. I pay a stupid fee for a two year contract and I am pestered with calls forever after the contract expires and they don't want to lose my business. I pay extra for every little thing such as texting plans. The damn thing has a screen that more often than not has some sort of an ad or a gimmick I can buy (like my daily horoscope or a listing of daily celebrity birthdays--like anybody needs this crap). And the thing takes messages. I hate that. I cannot dodge a call. I cannot just let it ring and say I was not home. I recall what Henry Drummond states in "Inherit The Wind": "You may have a telephone but you will lose the charm of long distance."

I miss Ma Bell and her wonderful operators.

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Jim, I totally agree. With Ma Bell, rates were strictly controlled. Like you said, phone bills have done nothing but increase since Bell was broken up.

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It's never been cheaper to make a long-distance phone call than it is today. And that $3 a month you paid to rent your phone was a bonanza for Ma Bell - you can buy a perfectly fine phone at Walmart for $15 today, and it's yours to keep. The cellphone industry does suck, but don't blame that on the breakup of AT&T, cellphones didn't even exist before that happened.

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