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Pat asked to pass this along, but I'm not sure how to access the photos....

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Randy, I sent this off to the PTU e-mail address, however I'm not certain if anyone checks that site....Good pictures of the 39 Fair.......Pat M...

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Thought these pictures are quite interesting....Especially the pics of the 1939 Fair.....Pat M...

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Wow, those are the best photos we've seen of the 1939 fair!

At least that many great shots in one group.

I sure wish they had captions. Obviously the seller has no idea what each scene is other than the self explanitory ones.

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If you look at his 1964 stuff he has some great shots as well. There are a few Freedomland ones mixed in there. I sent info on that and some corrections to titles, never got a reply and no changes made.

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I saw one picture that had something that looked like the parachute jump ride at Coney Island. The 39 WF had one ? or was it something else.

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It was the same one that is now at Coney Island- they moved it after the World's Fair closed.

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If you look at his 1964 stuff he has some great shots as well. There are a few Freedomland ones mixed in there. I sent info on that and some corrections to titles, never got a reply and no changes made.

I've been tempted to buy several of the '64-'65 shots, but it's always bugged me that they are creating the finished prints on a computer printer... At $15 per B&W image ($25 for color), I would at least want the photo printed the "old fashioned way" from the original negative.

I sent Queenspix an email a while ago asking about this, and also asked if they would ever consider selling the digital images on a CD (ala Bill Cotter) - I never got a reply from them either...

Has anybody here ever purchased any of the Queenspix photos?

If so, how was the quality of the finished print?

Best Regards,

Kevin

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Well,

I was hoping to be blown away I saw about or 5 that were unusual. There is one labelled "petroleum" and I don't know what it is. Most are pretty mediocre lucky shots. Some are frumpy!

MB

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I find the photographs of the state exhibits (page three) to be interesting. I have often thought that the main building in this area

(which resembled Independence Hall) was so incongruous with the rest of the Fair. The scenes of the scrap heap were odd. The

image labeled "The Voice" near the end of the collection is one I have seen before. It was sculpted from one actual tree but I don't

recall that it was entitled, "The Voice." Does anybody know if that is accurate?

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Well, I liked 'em!

Lots of good photos are lucky shots.

What's the deal with the scrap pile?

I was wondering about that.

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Hi,

The voice - they are thinking of Lift Every Voice by Augusta Savage and that was in the same Zone, but they really need to crack a guidebook or something. The sculpture shown is a carved elm titled The Tree of Life by Laurence Stevens. Often forgotten are the man and woman ay the side made from eucalyptus. The scrap heap photos might actually be labelled corretcly.

MB

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Has anybody here ever purchased any of the Queenspix photos?

If so, how was the quality of the finished print?

Best Regards,

Kevin

I bought a couple of aerial shots once, and the quality was quite good. There's no way to tell beforehand what the quality is, though - other shots might not come from such good originals. I wonder if they'd be willing to send you a small part of a print to let you judge - or maybe they should put an enlargement of a small part on their site.

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What abt Iconpix? I have seen those images before..online..and from them I think. The Wonderbread and most Theme stuff has been up and sold before. These are now vintage glossies of the same subjects - up again? At lease 1 member in here is bidding on this stuff. Anyone buy from them before? What did you receive? An original or an older reprint? I am troubled I guess by having seen the images before.

MB

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My memory is intact. I have seen these images for sale by Iconpix before, and not just in their past auctions. They are published in books - not unique. The one showing the Carrier Igloo at night can be seen in "The New York World's Fair in 155 Photographs" for example.

MB

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So, again... what's the deal with the scrap heap?

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Hi Doug,

The images are so small but I can say they appear to be scrap heaps at the demolition of the 1939/40 NYWF. I am just going on a gut feeling -they could be something else. After all, the people doing the identification don't seem to know. Look at what they have labelled as "The Dept. of Highways" for example and they don't distinguish from 1939 and 1940 images either.

MB

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