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Bill Young

Budd Structures from the '39 World's Fair

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The only between-Fairs photos of the Budd structures we've seen, are high altitude aerial photos, dating to around 1960 and 1961.

I wonder who maintained the Budd Windsock? One would think a windsock would deteriorate and have to be replaced periodically.

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Earlier in this topic there are references to a weathervane. So maybe the windsock was actually a weathervane, which would have much sturdier materials.

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One advantage of my job is I work one block from the main Los Angeles Library. I just pulled out the NY Times Magazine for Jan. 17, 1960 which had a story called "A Walk Among World's Fair Ghosts". In it they describe the Park grounds as they stood then. I will try to post the whole thing later on, but it does mention one of the few things left from the 1939-40 Fair was - ready for this? - "Budd's stainless steel weathervane".

Bill

Bill, did you ever post a scan of this article?

Your reference says the weathervane was made of stainless steel, which answers why it was low (or "NO") maintenance.

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The article copy was too bad to scan so I transcribed it. Here's the link: www.worldsfairphotos.com/nywf64/articles/ny-times/ghosts.htm

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