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Randy Treadway

Mystery Photo for Wednesday

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This looks like a fairly typical photo in the Lake Amusement area. The kid in the Hertz is trying to race the Greyhound Glide-a-Ride. Sorry, drag racing not allowed at the World's Fair.

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But just to the right of the monorail column, in between the Hawaii Pavilion and the Texas Pavilion, is some kind of lake. And in front of this lake, there is a sign. I can't quite read the sign. Does anybody know what this is? Across the bottom it looks like times, such as for a show that repeated several times a day.

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A nearby sign also has the number '4' in it.

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A view from a different angle also shows this small lake- really a pond- but nothing peculiar about it. So where is the show?

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Nice find Bill! I guess my eyes weren't totally playing tricks on me after all! I thought it said Werveless Wocks. And that certainly didn't make any sense! Ha! I guess the second sign should have clued me in that it's an 'N', not a 'W'.

For the monorail enthusiasts among us who are dying to find out what the signboard says; well, all I can make out is the first word- "Welcome".

We discussed these signboards on PTU a while back. They were printed up individually and slid into a slot on the front car, as a personalized welcome for special guests.

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There was always one lucky kid who got the "driver's seat".

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The words below Nerveless Nocks must be 'Performing at'.

And I think the second word from the left, at the top of the sign, is 'Stratospheric'.

I took another look at the original photo, and now I don't think it's the same pond that is in the second photo. This area has a fence around it. Looking at Bill's web link, maybe this fenced area is a 'pit' to race a motorcycle around inside?

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Acts appearing on the Ed Sullivan TV show, related to the World's Fair-

16-Feb-1964 (Beatles second appearance)

--Nerveless Nocks (four male sway pole acrobats) - group performs outside (on tape at Hialeah Race Track)

03-May-1964

--The cast of "America Be Seated" with Louis Gossett, May Barnes, Bibby Oscarwall

NOTE: "America Be Seated" was a stage musical performed at the World's Fair Louisiana Pavillion. It was staged by Mike Todd Jr.

10-May-1964

--Bobby Rydell - "World Without Love"

[nothing like stealing a good Lennon-McCartney tune before the original performers (Peter & Gordon) could make it to New York themselves to perform it (and appear at the World's Fair) ]

24-May-1964 (repeated on July 12th)

--On film: Michelangelo's Pieta, an exhibit at the New York World's Fair.

--The Watusi Dancers [what do you want to bet they were from the Africa Pavilion?]

21-Jun-1964

--Allen and Rossi (comedy team) - Steve Rossi sings "With A Son in My Heart," then interviews the general manager of the World's Fair Japanese Pavillion (played by Marty Allen)

--Royal National dancers of Sierra Leone - perform in tribal costumes

[what do you want to bet they were from the Sierra Leone Pavilion?]

Source: http://www.tvtome.com/EdSullivanShow/season17.html

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I thought it said "Werveless Wocks" at first as well! Not that "Neveless Nocks" made any more sense to me.

I think the first line of the sign is

(unknown) STRATOSPHERIC SENSATION

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Again... notice the luminaires matching the theme colors of the nearest major pavilion.

Eureka... I think we HAVE cracked the code!!!

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We finally have some photos of the pole acrobats performing in the Lake Amusement Area.

These slides are dated May 7th, 1964.

I take it these are the Nerveless Nocks.

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This is really interesting. I've always been a NYWF buff as well as a theme park fan, and the more I read on here about the fair, the more elements I can see were incorporated into Great Adventure when Warner LeRoy designed it a decade later. The same aerial act also performed at The Great Arena in the 70's:

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Same here, Ray:

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I later tried a flash but it seems the performers didn't like being blinded. Those pictures are too gruesome to share.

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Same here, Ray:

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I later tried a flash but it seems the performers didn't like being blinded. Those pictures are too gruesome to share.

Say Bill,

Maybe you should try using your considerable Photoshop skills to brighten up the details in this "night-time" photo?

Best Regards,

Kevin

PS - I get the joke, just playing along!

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"Mmmmmm! Human on a stick!" - Godzilla

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I'm pretty sure this May '64 photo reveals exactly where the Nerveless Nocks' poles were erected. [don't go there! <!-- s:D --><!-- s:D -->] One of them was visible in the first photo that started this entire topic, but we didn't know it back when it was posted.

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bottom of one of the poles

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top of one of the poles

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this Escorter driver has enough rows on his change dispenser to produce change in just about any currency issued by any country belonging to the United Nations. I'll bet when he tried to walk he leaned to the right.

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Nice find Bill! I guess my eyes weren't totally playing tricks on me after all! I thought it said Werveless Wocks. And that certainly didn't make any sense! Ha! I guess the second sign should have clued me in that it's an 'N', not a 'W'.

For the monorail enthusiasts among us who are dying to find out what the signboard says; well, all I can make out is the first word- "Welcome".

We discussed these signboards on PTU a while back. They were printed up individually and slid into a slot on the front car, as a personalized welcome for special guests.

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I occasionally go back to this one to see if I can discover any trick to improving the readability. I just tried "emboss" and some contrast enhancement, and besides the first word "WELCOME", I think the last word might be "COLLEGE", or might start with "CA..." or maybe not! Perhaps someone else can make something out from this....

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