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I can't believe I found this. I was going through alot of my grandparents old double and super 8mm films. They plan on having them all restored,properly taken care of, and put onto a dvd, in chronological order.

There was also a set of films that were still in the original boxes, with their service stamps from kodak on them! These were from I guess from what would be my great great uncle. Dead now, but was born sometime shortly after 1915. He had no children, owned a good business, and bought alot of camera equipment. My dual projector was able to play this 200ft reel of his we never had played before. On it was black and white seens of the town he lived in, then excellent color of parades, family events, etc, and then a trip to NYC...So here I am watching this wondering (well I know this is too early to be the 64-65 fair, but I wonder)...with shots of the old harbor, early skyscrapers, lady liberty, the boats docking at ellis island, and other shots of NYC, the last minute in color, and very good detail is them at the 39-40 World's Fair in FMCP! I couldn't believe this. I was watching his film of the trylon and perisphere, the main mall, countless other pavilions, and the last part is the park at night and a road leading out of the park, before the tail leader comes through and the film ends. I wonder how much this could be worth, anyone know?

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What a great find! How exciting. The New York fair of 39-40 is my favorite fair, loved the era, style and layout. Not to mention the Trylon and Perisphere were the best (IMO) of all theme structures of fairs.

I have no idea what something like this would be worth, but if you are willing to sell a copy of this footage on DVD, please let me know.

Please e-mail me anytime regarding this at mailto:Jettmiester@cs.com

Again, congrats and Great find!!!

Jim

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I, too, think you have a great find. The 1939-1940 NYWF is my favorite fair as well and it is a remarkable snapshot of a moment in time. Any images of the Trylon and Perisphere are fascinating to me. I would suggest you take your film to one of two places. An antique dealer or a dealer in collectibles could probably give you a decent dollar evaluation. Also, a contact with the New York Historical Society might shed some light on the true value of the film. They may not be able to provide a fair dollar amount per se, but they could certainly evaluate the film's historical worth.

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You can frequently find home movies of the 39WF on eBay. Sometimes they are in the raw 8mm format but usually someone has dumped them down on to DVD or VHS. Prices vary....I bought a 20 minute tape about 5 years ago for $30.

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To ROCKET THROWER, et al:

The magnificent architectural style of the 1939 New York Worlds Fair will not be returning again soon. But, we can review the pictures and films with awe as the structural intricacies are revealed. Here is a graphic from an engineering publication, now defunct, that illustrates the details of the most popular exhibit at the '39 Fair... General Motors Futurama.

Click below and then click on "FUTURAMA AT 1939 NYWF".

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<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Ray in Pasadena:

To ROCKET THROWER, et al:

The magnificent architectural style of the 1939 New York Worlds Fair will not be returning again soon. But, we can review the pictures and films with awe as the structural intricacies are revealed. Here is a graphic from an engineering publication, now defunct, that illustrates the details of the most popular exhibit at the '39 Fair... General Motors Futurama.

Click below and then click on "FUTURAMA AT 1939 NYWF".

<a href="http://community.webshots.com/user/draydar" target="_blank">http://community.webshots.com/user/draydar</a> <HR></blockquote>

Thanks so much. I never seem to get enough views of that fair. I appreciate it.

Jim

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ROCKET THROWER:

This is supposed to be a forum about the '64-'65 Fair, but if you'll take the heat for this being off topic, I'll post more '39 images in that album. I'm fairly sure these have never been seen before by the general public.

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<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Ray in Pasadena:

ROCKET THROWER:

This is supposed to be a forum about the '64-'65 Fair, but if you'll take the heat for this being off topic, I'll post more '39 images in that album. I'm fairly sure these have never been seen before by the general public.<HR></blockquote>

Understood, and thanks!

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TO: Rocket Thrower, and 115 other invitees....

More 1939 images have been added to the album: <a href="http://community.webshots.com/user/draydar" target="_blank">http://community.webshots.com/user/draydar</a>

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quote:

Originally posted by Ray in Pasadena:

TO: Rocket Thrower, and 115 other invitees....

More 1939 images have been added to the album:


smile.gif Thanks so much.

This was the most beautiful of all World's Fairs.

The Architecture was awe inspiring. Loved the layout and how they used color to guide fairgoers.

I remember stories from my Grandfather who would sneak up to Queens from the Jersey Shore to watch it's construction. He always called the T&P the "Ball and Spike", I am sure alot of people did. If I only had a time machine. H.G. Wells, where are you?

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[This message has been edited by RocketThrower (edited 07-28-2003).]

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Here's ten more 1939 images, Rocket Thrower.

Glad to see you and so many others enjoying the show!

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When I wrote my masters thesis on the 1939-40 NYWF, I interviewed a number of people who attended the Fair. Invariably, their memories were crystal clear and, as they stated to me, among the happiest of their lives. I watched one man's eyes puddle with tears as he described his recollections of a beautiful and inspiring fair and his frequent trips as a 12 year old boy. This was no ordinary exposition. It was a watershed event in world history.

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Check out the American Express advertisement

offering a complete 1939 New York Worlds Fair deluxe tour. THE PRICE IS RIGHT!

(COURTESY OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, MARCH 1939)

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TO ROCKET THROWER,

Here's a four more 1939 NYWF graphics.

(This is getting to be more popular than 1964 NYWF!)

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<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Ray in Pasadena:

TO ROCKET THROWER,

Here's a four more 1939 NYWF graphics.

(This is getting to be more popular than 1964 NYWF!)

<a href="http://community.webshots.com/user/draydar" target="_blank">http://community.webshots.com/user/draydar</a> <HR></blockquote>

Thanks again! Now you have inspired me to dig out all my 39-40 NYWF items. Especially a book I found in Walden's Bookstore when I was a kid: The 1939-40 New York World's Fair in photographs. I have not dug this stuff out in years. Of all my World's Fair collectibles, the only "original" (i do have some reproductions as well from both 39 & 64) stuff I have framed and on the wall, is from this fair. Stunning describes this fair. And it should be more popular that 64-65, it just simply should be!

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[This message has been edited by RocketThrower (edited 08-04-2003).]

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I would never think this topic would go from film to photos. But as long as everyone is enjoying themselves why not. NYWF 39-40 is probably the only fair to really show the "future" with the design of the pavilions, etc. Nice layout, and helped us get out of the great depression.

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Do you think this is worth 75 grand?

<a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2186557886&category=14428" target="_blank">http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...&category=14428</a>

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Yeah, but check out the shipping....40 bucks!!! Outrageous! biggrin.gif

Seriously though, you hand a guy $85,000.00, and he can't toss in the shipping? Unbelievable.

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MORE 1939 IMAGES ADDED on 8-05-03.

WOW.... 700 PEEKS ALREADY!!!

That's more than GWB got votes in Florida.

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TO ROCKET THROWER:

MORE 1939 NYWF IMAGES WERE ADDED TODAY.

CLICK HERE AND CHOOSE THE 1939 NYWF ALBUM. <a href="http://community.webshots.com/user/draydar" target="_blank">http://community.webshots.com/user/draydar</a>

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ROCKET THROWER,

HERE'S A FEW MORE 1939 NYWF PIX TO ADD TO YOUR ENJOYMENT. YOU AND 1,033 OTHER VISITORS HAVE VIEWED THIS ALBUM IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS. DUE TO ITS POPULARITY, I WILL CONTINUE TO ENLARGE THE ALBUM AS TIME PERMITS.

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Ray,

Some more "unusual" shots from 1964 would be appreciated as well. Those from areas not usually depicted in post cards or the normal family photos would be great to see.

Your 1964 selection so far has been superb.

Thanks,

Randy.

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RANDY,

HERE'S A FEW MORE 1964 NYWF PIX TO RESPOND TO YOUR REQUEST.

SO FAR, 780 VISITORS TO PTU HAVE VIEWED THIS ALBUM. I NEVER BELIEVED THAT COULD BE POSSIBLE!!

RAY

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