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Touring the Official Map #2

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I find it very interesting to magnify these already blown-up maps and study the remarkable detail in the pavilions and other features.

 

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It's also fun to spot little slip-ups in the drawing, like General Foods Arch 4 partially hidden by the roofed waiting line for the General Electric pavilion. Unless I'm mistaken, the roofs were added possibly in 1965, and the artists just dropped the roof onto the map without noticing (or caring?) about the tip of the arch.

 

 

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Here's another example. Apparently the 1964 People-to-People Fiesta, next to IBM, was removed and converted to parkland, but the designation remained.

 

 

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I don't believe I've ever really studied this map before.  I've looked at it but I never realized the intricate detail prior to this.  Tonight, I traced the route we took when my family entered the Fair in 1965.  We entered at the Peter Stuyvesant Gate (3) and walked around the loop and I can still recall seeing the Space Park as we entered but I have absolutely no memory of the Hall of Science.  What I do remember, however, is a man raking the few leaves that had begun to fall in September of 1965 along the Avenue of Science in front of Ford where that row of trees appears on the map.  I still remember thinking that in another month or so, it was all going to be torn down and pounded into rubble but that one man raking leaves made it all seem so permanent.  I suppose even the trees which were newly planted just a year or two earlier and dropping their leaves in 1965 are gone along with everything else.  I recall bits and pieces of the Ford and Chrysler exhibits but I can still see that workman as plain as day as he took pride in maintaining the grounds of  a pavilion that was nearing the end of its useful existence.

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There are rumors that a few of the trees along the Fountains of the Fairs date back to the '39-40 edition.

There was a large one from '39-40 that got moved to the Queens Botanical Garden in 1963 and is said to still be there, at the entrance gate.

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13 hours ago, Randy Treadway said:

There are rumors that a few of the trees along the Fountains of the Fairs date back to the '39-40 edition.

There was a large one from '39-40 that got moved to the Queens Botanical Garden in 1963 and is said to still be there, at the entrance gate.

I always assumed the trees along the Fountains of the Fairs and many others on the site dated back to the 1939-40 Fair and were carefully pruned prior to the opening of the 1964-65 Fair.  Not true?

 

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I suspect some of the trees date back to 1938 when they were transplanted, many from Westchester County, to Flushing Meadow.  However, those trees would be mainly along what was the Mall in 1939 leading from the Theme Center to the Lagoon of Nations.  This is documented in pre-Fair publications in the 1930s.  The 1938 construction, 1941 demolition, 1963 construction and 1966 demolition in the transportation area (in the case of this thread) is likely a different story.  Maybe some of the 1963 trees survive today (near what was Ford) as Bill believes, but the footprints of the pavilions for two different fairs would lead one to believe that there was either a great deal of transplantation of 25 year old trees or new, smaller trees were planted for the second fair while 1938 trees are few and far between today.

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