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Bill Cotter

OK, art detectives, give this one a try!

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Does anyone have information on this fountain featuring a cat somewhere at the Fair? Peeking in through the window looks like it may have been a food stand of some kind. Any leads are appreciated!

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A second view

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It looks like there were goldfish in the glass column. I've found other fountains like that, called Aqualons, but not with the cat.

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I feel sure I've seen this before, can't remember, but surprised it isn't on this site somewhere.

 

Edit: Aha! You posted the same pics with the same question in 2008. Magikbilly guessed the Siamese portion of the International Area, but then changed his mind.

 

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I thought I had asked before, but figured it couldn't hurt to try again in case anyone had any fresh leads. Back in 2008 we hadn't heard of Aqualons yet as an example.

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Bill,

Where did you find other aqualons? Do you have any links we might try as a starting point for further search?

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Stanley Appelbaum's book, The 1939-1940 New York World's Fair in 122 Photographs, has a photograph on page 16.  (The book was published by Dover in 1977.)  The photograph is of an Aqualon.  He describes it as a fountain and one of several which were located on the grounds.  It is cylindrical, contains water and goldfish and appears to be lighted by fluorescent tubes.  It does not have a statue of  cat perched on top, however.  Many of the photographs were taken by Richard Wurts.

That same photograph can be found on Google images.  

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On 6/3/2018 at 9:07 PM, waynebretl said:

Bill,

Where did you find other aqualons? Do you have any links we might try as a starting point for further search?

Wish I could tell you. It was along a walkway with lots of greenery behind it blocking out any buildings. Grrrr!

On 6/3/2018 at 9:43 PM, Jim said:

Stanley Appelbaum's book, The 1939-1940 New York World's Fair in 122 Photographs, has a photograph on page 16.  (The book was published by Dover in 1977.)  The photograph is of an Aqualon.  He describes it as a fountain and one of several which were located on the grounds.  It is cylindrical, contains water and goldfish and appears to be lighted by fluorescent tubes.  It does not have a statue of  cat perched on top, however.  Many of the photographs were taken by Richard Wurts.

That same photograph can be found on Google images.  

Thanks, Jim. I will have to pull my copy out and see if I spot any currently unknown images.

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Some aqualons were, IIRC, along the way down to the Court of Power and other like areas/avenues. I think some by Food or Gas and some by Communications  and so on. 

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