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Bill Cotter

Here's a photo I hadn't seen before of President Truman visiting the Fair site in 1962

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A photograph of Harry and Bess Truman at Flushing Meadow; what a remarkable find.  

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It was a dump then wasn't it?

Just a scrappy field with mounds of earth and weeds.

The time capsule must've been a diamond in the rough out there.

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Flushing Meadow, between the two Fairs, was a park.  It was not what had been envisioned by Fair planners because the 1939 Fair was a financial bust.  But it was a park and for a time the UN used the 1939 NYC building as its headquarters until the Headquarters in Manhattan was completed.  Virtually all of the avenues and boulevards of the 1939 Fair remained and were reused in 1964.  Many  New Yorkers enjoyed visiting the park in those years and often brought 1939 guidebooks so they could locate where favorite pavilions had stood.

What this photo shows is the pre 1964 Fair land preparation.  I suspect the Trumans were there to have a first hand look at the avenue that was to be named for him .

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