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You are Here Map- Help please? Interesting!

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I have a rare Postal Service 'You are Here' map in my collection. The only one currently known to have survived. I have been searching for years for a photo of the map at the fair as they were installed on top of US Mailboxes throughout the fair in 1965.

I have included a photo of the map showing the location to be by the GE Pavilion entrance. post-54-0-72271700-1393627407_thumb.jpg

In this postcard you can see the location of the mailbox in '64 next to the information booths. Its actually seen under the Escorter canopy. post-54-0-17071300-1393627516_thumb.jpg

Here is another view. If you zoom in you see the mailbox between the water fountains and the info booths. post-54-0-49868200-1393627583_thumb.jpg

This past weekend we found a pack of instamatic photos at an antique center in PA. from the fair. Lo and behold there's a mailbox with a map on top in the photo. AND its located by the GE entrance, or close to it! Here's a scan of the photo, its fuzzy of course! post-54-0-23690800-1393627746_thumb.jpg

So, is it possible the mailbox was moved between the 64 and 65 season? I need more photos of the area,It seems the grass was paved over too in this area which was known to happen in some areas. Here is a postcard taken in '64 from almost the same angle. You can see the same luminaires and the spot where the mailbox was in 65 is empty between the stroller and the Escorter. post-54-0-58864300-1393627944_thumb.jpg

Here is an aerial with the spots located. Red dot where the mailbox was in 1964 and yellow for 1965. post-54-0-14716900-1393628065_thumb.png

If we can confirm the movement of the mailbox with a couple of more photos, then we really found a photo of this actual map! Actually a amazing story!

Thank you for your help and comments!

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Was the map on the side of the post box? In that fuzzy photo that appears to be the case. If so, how would one actually consult it? I mean, it would be about a foot off the ground and not an easy stretch for most adults.

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Here is a photo that better shows the way the map was attached to the top of the mailbox.

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OK, I see it. But what is that on the side of the post box? That's what confused me with the first photograph.

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Its likely just advertising for postal rates or something like that. I don't have any better photos, maybe someone else does?

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Hi Mary Ellen, I believe that was the Formica House behind Traveler's.

I also found a glimpse of the map in Sinclair Goes to the Fair 1965

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfkQMtvxA5k at the 7:30 mark. The camera is moving toward the info booth but the scene changes before we can see if the 1964 mailbox location still has a mailbox there!

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Hi Mary Ellen!

Funny, Mitch, I looked at the mailbox and didn't even notice the looming Formica house behind it! LOL! That's about the only attraction at the Fair that up on a hill, wasn't it? Very cool.

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Doug, it may have been the highest piece of ground! There's still somewhat of a hill near there but its lame...Likely FMCP vision was to break up the flat monotony of the nearby soccer fields or where they spread out the dirt from excavating for the foundations of the aquatic center.

BTW- New google maps and earth is lame too... https://www.google.com/maps/@40.7493348,-73.8367598,152a,35y,39.55t/data=!3m1!1e3

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Hi Doug - that house is like a classic late 1950's to 1960's ranch home. There is one in my town that is similar and the family that owns it has preserved it in all it's 60's splendor furnishings and all. It belongs in Architectural Digest. When I was raving about the house to my brother he said "back then homes were built by carpenters - today they are built by laborers" He may be right to a certain degree.

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