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Color slides from Gottscho-Schleisner '39-40

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Color photos from the Gottscho-Schleisner Collection in the Library of Congress

(all are in the public domain)

Petroleum diorama, Westinghouse Building, 1939 or 1940

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Holland Pavilion Garden II, 1940

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Night Shot of Westinghouse, 1940

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Mural in Holland Building, 1940

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Italian Girls, 1939 or 1940

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Sculpture, 1939 or 1940

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Birds, 1939 or 1940

[Florida Pavilion?]

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Fireworks IX, 1939 or 1940

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Fireworks VIII, 1939 or 1940

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Fireworks VII, 1939 or 1940

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Fireworks V, 1939 or 1940

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Fireworks III, 1939 or 1940

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Fireworks I, 1939 or 1940

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British Pavilion, 1939 or 1940

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Interior of Czech Building, 1939 or 1940

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Police Officer, October 27, 1940

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Japanese Pavilion, 1940

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Fireworks through Fencing, 1939 or 1940

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Lagoon Fountains I, 1939 or 1940

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Jupiter locomotive detail, 1939 or 1940

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Rainbow in fountain, 1939 or 1940

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Hall of Nations, 1939 or 1940

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Swedish knight coat of arms shot, 1939 or 1940

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Railroad pageant, view IX, 1939 or 1940

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Railroad pageant, view VII, 1939 or 1940

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Railroad pageant, view V, 1939 or 1940

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Railroad pageant, view III, 1939 or 1940

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Railroad pageant, view I, 1939 or 1940

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Gardens on Parade view, 1939 or 1940

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Gardens on Parade gate, 1939 or 1940

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Arctic Girl's tomb of ice I, 1939

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Ecuador mural, 1939 or 1940

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Swedish Pavilion courtyard area, 1939 or 1940

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Court of States detail, 1939 or 1940

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Netherlands exhibit II, 1939 or 1940

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Holland Pavilion garden I, 1939 or 1940

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View to Italian Pavilion, 1939 or 1940

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Historic locomotives at Railroad Exhibit, 1939 or 1940

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New England exhibit detail I, 1939 or 1940

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Czech mural I, 1939 or 1940

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Pavilion, 1939 or 1940

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Lines at Flushing Gate, 1 p.m., October 27, 1940

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Fireworks VI, 1939 or 1940

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Fireworks IV, 1939 or 1940

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Fireworks II, 1939 or 1940

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Gardens on Parade waterfall and pond, 1939 or 1940

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Lama Temple, 1939 or 1940

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Water lily pond with carp I, 1939 or 1940

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Heineken's on the Zuider Zee I, 1939 or 1940

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Consolidated Edison Building, 1939 or 1940

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Italian Pavilion, 1939 or 1940

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Italian girl, 1939 or 1940

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Detail of waterfall from building interior, 1939 or 1940

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View toward U.S. Government Building, 1939 or 1940

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General Motors Building, 1939 or 1940

[obviously scanned mirror-fashion in error]

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Holland Pavilion garden, structure with bells and fountain, 1939 or 1940

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British Pavilion at Hall of Nations

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Plaza of Light, toward Theme Center, 1939 or 1940

[is this the location of the Astral Fountain in 1964?]

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View across flowers toward Theme Center, October 27, 1940

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Fireworks display and fountain with blue lighting, 1939 or 1940

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Lagoon fountains II, 1939 or 1940

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General night view, 1939 or 1940

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Railroad pageant. Woman in American Indian costume, 1939 or 1940

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Railroad pageant. Man with epaulettes and baton, 1939 or 1940

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Dream of Venus facade II, 1939

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Dream of Venus facade I, 1939

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Orrefors crystal fountain, 1939 or 1940

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General view toward Lagoon of Nations I, 1939 or 1940

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Oblique view of helicline, trylon and perisphere, 1939 or 1940

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General view toward helicline, trylon and perisphere, 1939 or 1940

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Italian Pavilion, Italian Line Restaurant beverage display, 1939 or 1940

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View toward Theme Center (trylon and perisphere), October 27, 1940

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Fireworks over water I, 1939 or 1940

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Italian Pavilion at night, 1939 or 1940

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Theme Center at night I, 1939 or 1940

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Food vendors at night, 1939 or 1940

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Wm. Crooks locomotive detail, 1939 or 1940

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Railroad pageant. Woman in costume with pink waistband, 1939 or 1940

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Railroad pageant. View VIII, 1939 or 1940

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Railroad pageant. View VI, 1939 or 1940

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Railroad pageant. View IV, 1939 or 1940

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Railroad pageant. View II, 1939 or 1940

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Florida Building at night, 1939 or 1940

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Life Savers parachute tower, 1939 or 1940

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Arctic Girl's tomb of ice II, 1939

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Flowers and trees in front of building I, 1939 or 1940

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Chandelier in dining area, 1939 or 1940

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Japanese Pavilion, 1939 or 1940

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Courtyard near British Pavilion, 1939 or 1940

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Statue of George Washington, 1939 or 1940

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General view toward Medicine and Public Health Building, 1939 or 1940

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Railroad exhibit. Historic locomotives at Court of Railways, 1939 or 1940

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Sign announcing fair closing date of 1940 Oct. 27

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Dances of the races sculpture, 1939 or 1940

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Time and the fates of man, sculptural sundial, October 27, 1940

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Theme Center and statue of George Washington at night, 1939 or 1940

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Distilled Spirits Exhibit Building, night illumination, 1939 or 1940

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Railroad pageant. Man with top hat and bow tie, 1939 or 1940

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Performers with bagpipes and drums, 1939 or 1940

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Statue of George Washington and Theme Center, from rear, 1939 or 1940

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Reflective cube near Gas Exhibit, 1939 or 1940

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Medicine and Public Health Building, 1939 or 1940

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Court of States across reflecting pool, toward Virginia Building, 1939 or 1940

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New England exhibit detail II, 1939 or 1940

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View across Lagoon of Nations to British Pavilion I, 1939 or 1940

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Netherlands exhibit I, 1939 or 1940

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General view from Italian Pavilion, 1939 or 1940

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View from trylon and perisphere toward AT&T Building, 1939 or 1940

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View from trylon and perisphere toward AT&T Building, 1939 or 1940

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General view with map kiosk and tulips in foreground, 1939 or 1940

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Corona gate with Bulova clock, 1939 or 1940

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American Express Travel Service carts, October 27, 1940

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Hall of Communications, October 27, 1940

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Helicline detail at the Theme Center (trylon and perisphere), October 27, 1940

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Turkish Pavilion, October 27, 1940

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Time and the fates of man and perisphere at night, 1939 or 1940

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Dances of the races sculpture at night, 1939 or 1940

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Railroad pageant. DeWitt-Clinton locomotive II, 1939 or 1940

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Railroad pageant. DeWitt-Clinton locomotive I, 1939 or 1940

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Heineken's on the Zuider Zee II, 1939 or 1940

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Water lily pond with carp II, 1939 or 1940

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View through window to Italian Pavilion, 1939 or 1940

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New England exhibit general view II, 1939 or 1940

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New England exhibit general view I, 1939 or 1940

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Women in costume near Swiss Pavilion, 1939 or 1940

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Promenade to Polish Pavilion, 1939 or 1940

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General view toward statue of Washington and Borden Company Building, 1939 or 1940

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Chrysler Motors Building, viewed through flags, 1939 or 1940

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Fireworks from U.S. Steel Building platform, 1939 or 1940

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Ford Motor Company Building sign at night, 1939 or 1940

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Gardens on Parade gate and garden detail, 1939 or 1940

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Dream of Venus facade III, 1939

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Swedish Pavilion and Sheffield Farms with Orrefors crystal fountain in foreground, 1939 or 1940

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General view toward Lagoon of Nations II, 1939 or 1940

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Italian Pavilion, waterfall, and Marconi monument I, 1939 or 1940

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Hall of Nations area toward British Pavilion, 1939 or 1940

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View toward Hall of Communications, 1939 or 1940

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Theme Center, Four victories of peace sculpture, 1939 or 1940

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Theme Center at night II, 1939 or 1940

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Railroad pageant. Woman with pink bonnet and parasol, 1939 or 1940

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General night view of Westinghouse Building, Commerce Circle area and Theme Center, 1939 or 1940

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Gardens on Parade, Nymphaea gloriosa (Hardy water lily), 1939 or 1940

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Flowers and trees in front of building II, 1939 or 1940

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Two of the Four freedoms sculptures, at Constitution Mall, 1939 or 1940

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People seated on bench in front of Republique Francaise sign and motto, 1939 or 1940

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General view toward Washington Square and Constitution Mall, 1939 or 1940

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Railroad pageant. Man in military costume with tricorne hat, 1939 or 1940

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Firestone Tire & Rubber Company Building at night I, 1939 or 1940

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Y.M.C.A. map mural on building facade, 1939 or 1940

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Soviet Socialist Republics Building I, 1939 or 1940

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View across Lagoon of Nations to British Pavilion II, 1939 or 1940

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View toward Lagoon of Nations and Hall of Nations, 1939 or 1940

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Westinghouse forecourt and Singing Tower of Light, 1939 or 1940

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Seven ages of man and the Bell System facade detail, 1939 or 1940

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Figures at trylon and perisphere railing looking toward Washington Square, 1939 or 1940

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View of Theme Center lagoon, trylon and perisphere, and helicline, 1939 or 1940

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Horses tethered to fence with locomotives and Railroad Building in background, 1939 or 1940

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Hall of Pharmacy facade and mural with Theme Center in background, 1939 or 1940

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Polish Pavilion by Netherlands Pavilion, 1939 or 1940

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Italian Pavilion, waterfall, and Marconi monument II, 1939 or 1940

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Time and the fates of man, sculptural sundial, 1939 or 1940

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Italian Pavilion at night, detail of Marconi monument, 1939 or 1940

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DuPont Building at night, 1939 or 1940

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Women in costume near George Jessel's Knickerbocker Inn with National Cash Register Building in far background, 1939 or 1940

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Theme Center and statue of George Washington, viewed from Court of Peace, 1939 or 1940

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Court of States across reflecting pool, toward replica of Philadelphia's Independence Hall, 1939 or 1940

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Window panels with illustrations and text on the profit sharing system in the shoe industry III, 1939 or 1940

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Window panels with illustrations and text on the profit sharing system in the shoe industry I, 1939 or 1940

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View from trylon and perisphere toward AT&T Building from ground level, 1939 or 1940

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Singing Tower of Light and Westinghouse Building, view from right I, 1939 or 1940

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Singing Tower of Light and Westinghouse Building, view from left I, 1939 or 1940

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Firestone Tire & Rubber Company Building at night II, 1939 or 1940

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Soviet Socialist Republics Building II, 1939 or 1940

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B.F. Goodrich Company Building, viewed from street, 1939 or 1940

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Soviet Socialist Republics Building at night, 1939 or 1940

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Time and the fates of man in front of perisphere at night, 1939 or 1940

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Window panels with illustrations and text on the profit sharing system in the shoe industry II, 1939 or 1940

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Singing Tower of Light and Westinghouse Building, view from right II, 1939 or 1940

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Singing Tower of Light and Westinghouse Building, view from left II, 1939 or 1940

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Detail of Time and the fates of man, with statue of Washington in background, 1939 or 1940

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Tower of Chemistry, DuPont Building, October 27, 1940

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Singing Tower of Light at night, 1939 or 1940

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Time and the fates of man detail with statue of George Washington in background, 1939 or 1940

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Wonder Bakery at night with "Wonder Bakers" and Alice in Wonderland characters in window display, 1939 or 1940

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Night view of Petroleum Industry Exhibition and United States Steel Subsidiaries Building, 1939 or 1940

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Night view of Petroleum Industry Exhibition, United States Steel Subsidiaries Building and General Electric Company Building, 1939 or 1940

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....although these are supposedl 'color corrected' by the archivists at the Library of Congress (who probably shopped them out to somebody to scan them en masse without taking much time to carefully work on a true color restoration), I know Bill Cotter would love to get his hands on them to do some color restoration- they could look a lot better!-........still, these are very impressive.

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Hi All

"Night Shot of Westinghouse, 1940" - July 4th, 1940.

"Sculpture 1939/40" - N. Bel Geddes Crystal Lassies.

"Birds, 1939 or 1940" - Florida Diorama, 1 of 4.

"Fireworks IX, 1939 or 1940" - 1940.

"Interior of Czech Building, 1939 or 1940" - 1939, not open in 1940.

"Fireworks through Fencing, 1939 or 1940" - 1940 - see Parachute Jump.

"Lagoon Fountains I, 1939 or 1940" - Everybody see the Trylon?

"Rainbow in fountain, 1939 or 1940" - from Firestone? That is Remington Rand on the left.

"Railroad pageant, view VII, 1939 or 1940" - Promontory Point re-enactment 1869 Utah meeting of east and west RR. "V" as well as the others shown of this event.

"Swedish Pavilion courtyard area, 1939 or 1940" - 1940, sculpture changed from '39.

"Pavilion, 1939 or 1940" - Iraq or other in same area.

"Consolidated Edison Building, 1939 or 1940" - 1939.

"View toward U.S. Government Building, 1939 or 1940" - 1939.

"Plaza of Light, toward Theme Center, 1939 or 1940" - 1939, Yes, Astral Fountain.

"View across flowers toward Theme Center, October 27, 1940" - see The Builders and the Parachute Jump on right.

"General night view, 1939 or 1940" - 1940; see top of Heinz.

"General view toward Lagoon of Nations I, 1939 or 1940" - USSR in extreme right foreground so 1939.

"General view toward helicline, trylon and perisphere, 1939 or 1940" - 1939 no Parachute Jump.

"Theme Center at night I, 1939 or 1940" - before 10 PM as there are people on the Helicline and Obs. Bridge - see the Four Victories unlit?

"Food vendors at night, 1939 or 1940" - RARE near Market Street and ..Turkey?

"Railroad pageant. View IV, 1939 or 1940" - Lincolns Funerary Train.

"General view toward Medicine and Public Health Building, 1939 or 1940" - 1939 as the Gas Pylons are white, there is no added entrance to Med & Pub Health etc.

"Dances of the races sculpture, 1939 or 1940" - this was just asked about recently - the night version is RARE!

"Time and the fates of man, sculptural sundial, October 27, 1940" - see lack of flowers and added fence I am always talking about.

"Court of States across reflecting pool, toward Virginia Building, 1939 or 1940" - 1940, see the Parachute Jump?

"General view with map kiosk and tulips in foreground, 1939 or 1940" - garden near Communication - see red pylon?

"Corona gate with Bulova clock, 1939 or 1940" - Corona Gate North, looking into Fair.

"Hall of Communications, October 27, 1940" - see enlarged 1940 entrance; actually the Maritime Transport and Communication Building in 1940.

"General view toward statue of Washington and Borden Company Building, 1939 or 1940" - 1939; Heinz has no Godess and there is Joe the Worker.

"General view toward Lagoon of Nations II, 1939 or 1940" - 1939; USSR on right.

"View toward Hall of Communications, 1939 or 1940" - 1940.

"Theme Center at night II, 1939 or 1940" - see Con Ed at night.

"General night view of Westinghouse Building, Commerce Circle area and Theme Center, 1939 or 1940" - July 4th, 1940.

"General view toward Washington Square and Constitution Mall, 1939 or 1940" - 1939 for many reasons (Heinz among them)

"Westinghouse forecourt and Singing Tower of Light, 1939 or 1940" - 1940 enlarged tower.

"Figures at trylon and perisphere railing looking toward Washington Square, 1939 or 1940" - 1939.

"View from trylon and perisphere toward AT&T Building from ground level, 1939 or 1940" - 1939; see top ot AT&T.

"Singing Tower of Light and Westinghouse Building, view from right I, 1939 or 1940" - 1939 slim version of tower - 1939 colors as well.

"Soviet Socialist Republics Building II, 1939 or 1940" - 1939! Not there in 1940.....

"Time and the fates of man in front of perisphere at night, 1939 or 1940" - BACKWARDS!

"Singing Tower of Light at night, 1939 or 1940" - 1940 larger tower wider at base.

"Night view of Petroleum Industry Exhibition and United States Steel Subsidiaries Building, 1939 or 1940" - there is your Astral Fountain again

MB

AAAARRGGHH! .....OMG! I shall quote Hunter Thompson's attorney - "COWS ARE GONNA KILL ME!" - I need at least 3mg of Xanax now....so many images so much visual stimulation...my mind is racing now through every image I have ever seen, b/w too! I have a rather good memory and it is a pain in the Azz actually, though good for spotting a $$$ photo in a pile of junk.

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Hi All,

After all that, I still think the first photo is the best. It is among those few in this post that have not been seen before in some version or other. Thank Kodak for those darn painted footprints. Althougn not "rare" another I liked was the fireworks from US Steel - I have one that might be better. I will dig it up. I hope the LOC has a better idea of the subjects than what was listed - I could on still but all that looking and triangulation really warped my little mind. Oh yeah, the night slide of people eating near Standard Brands with the bit of the Glass Tower in it - very rare and very nice.

Best,

MB

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Nice shots, but as Randy noted, they could use some color correction. It too all of 5 seconds to go from

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That's with the small size 72 DPI scan. I can only wonder how magnificent these would look if really done right.

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Hi All,

I have thought about it, and perhaps the best image here in my opinion would have to be the night image of the Dance of the Races - I never knew it lit like that from inside and the photo is rather ghostly and a beautiful color.

MB

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Wow! Thanks for posting all of this Randy!

I also noticed that the Gottscho-Schleisner collection contains a lot of good B&W interior photos too.

Like this one of AT&T:

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And these from the Railroad Exhibit:

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http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/gsc/5a03000/5a03000/5a03022u.tif

PS - the TIF versions of these photos seem to be a little bit clearer than the JPG versions - but I'd still like to see what you or Bill Cotter could do with the original slides!

Best Regards,

Kevin

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Here are a couple more "quickie" fixes, which as Bill says could be a lot better if we had more than a small 72 dpi image to work with.

B.F. Goodrich Company Building, viewed from street, 1939 or 1940

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Interior of Czech Building, 1939 or 1940

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Overwhelming and beautiful - thanks

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The Ecuador pavilion would have fit in very nicely at the 1964 fair, don't you think?

Wasn't there a building that Frank Lloyd Wright designed with this sort of style ceiling? For Firestone or General Electric maybe?

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Hi All,

after careful consideration, I must say the rarest slide would have to be the Italian Pavilion table setting. It is also an excellent photograph and looks like it could have come off any Italian Line brochure.

MB

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Thank you for these outstanding photographs. I especially enjoy seeing the photographs dated October 27, 1940--the final day--especially the one with the crowds waiting to enter the grounds. Even the photograph with that simple wooden sign speaks volumes about that long ago fair.

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It is interesting to note that the crowds did not trash the fair on the last day of operation, 10/27/40, as did the mob at the last day of the 1965 season.

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Oh yes they did! I don't know if trash is the right word, but I've seen images of huge crowds of people knocking over stuff and picking flowers and going absolutley insane on closing night, particularly in the Amusements Zone - people dancing like an early rave. There is one clip(of closing night activities in the Byrd/Johnson film) - when they are talking about "Jack Teagarden and his swell song.. "Man and His Dream" (I think thats the title). People seem to be knocking over or carrying away a kiosk or something. It's been a while since I looked at it. As "Taps" was never played as sheduled near the Astronomer one could still consider the Fair as still living on in some sublime way...

MB

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I think that almost every fair ended that way. I have read newspaper accounts of the crowds uprooting plants and taking "souvenirs" from exhibit buildings on the closing night of the 1901 Pan American exposition. Although the press accounts deplore those actions, they also point out that the demolition of the exposition would begin the next day anyway. There is nothing new under the sun.

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Who could resists picking a yellow petunia from the bed of flowers leading to Speed by Renier in front of Comunications? Course, I'd be trying to card away the Astronomer. I once saw a photograph of the plaster full size sundial post-Fair in the back yard of the man who designed it. Manship. I also sold a HUGE photo of it in the same place - perhaps 3x4 feet. It was a handsigned handfinished velvety textured print of a type I am unaware - I was told it was some sort of laborious precess abandoned long before 1940. Where the original sculpture went after that - I heard it wasa buried...if so, and composed being painted plaster, it is one gone gnomen

MB

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