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Hi All,

Mary Ellen kindly posted the following message in a different topic this morning:

This website has some fascinating views over the years of the NYWF and Shea sites. Not to mention important places like Graceland and my house.

http://www.historicaerials.com/

Rather than hijack that particular thread, I though I would start a new one to discuss the 1966 aerial photos of the fairgrounds that can be viewed on the HistoricAerials site.

First - thanks for posting the link Mary Ellen - That truly is a fantastic website!

The 1966 views of FMCP and the demolition of the various pavilions from the Fair are very interesting to me...

Bell, Ford, and GM are still pretty easy to spot:

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GE is nothing more than a big concrete ring at this point:

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The NYSP still looks great, but the Astral Fountain is already gone:

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And Chrysler, Kodak and Pepsi have virtually disappeared:

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Fascinating stuff!

Best Regards,

Kevin

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And Chrysler, Kodak and Pepsi have virtually disappeared:

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Hey, The U.S Royal Ferris wheel is still sitting next to the T&T Building in that "Chrysler" view.

In the Lake Amusement Area I see the seven monorail two-car trains on the beams on either side of the AMF maintenance shed behind the Flume Ride. The AMF station has its roof removed and the VIP building looks intact.

This is a great tool. Kevin how did you grab the pictures?

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Great site! Thanks. This will help me with next week's homework assignment. I am currently attending St. John's University for my Master's in Library Science. This week we're studying map resources!

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You don't need Snag-It, although it is certainly my preferred tool. To capture a screen, press the Print Screen button, go to Start, Programs, Accessories, Paint and paste the image there. Or you can paste it into a Word document.

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I must have been fascinating yet painful to drive by the fairgrounds each day in late 1965 and early 1966 and watch it all go. What a waste.

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I had to be, Bill, especially knowing that whatever took the place of the Fair, it just would not be as good. I wonder how many people found a spot to stop and look or who wanted to hop a fence and pick up a souvenir of the disappearing fair.

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Hi all,

I ended up purchasing a download of the fairgrounds in 1966 from HistoricAerials.com...

The owner of the company (Brett) said it was an unrestricted photo, so I can post it here without any copyright problems.

All he asked was a plug for his company: Thanks Brett, and thanks HistoricAerials.com!!

Now to the fun (or sad) stuff:

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I hope this helps with your homework assignment irishcooper!

Best Regards,

Kevin

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Kevin thanks!! Interesting to see the Atomedic Hospital, The Press building and road configuration before they demolished it. Also the time capsule.

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Yeah, I was surprised to see the Log Flume ride and the three House of Good Taste houses still more or less intact as well - I would have thought that they'd be the some of the first to go...

Also interesting that the GF Arches are still there too...

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One thing I noticed about Shea stadium is how beat up the outfield looks. There are chalk markings for a football field (presumably for the Jets), but the lower seats are still swung around in baseball configuration. So if had to guess I'd say this photo was taken in September '66 when the baseball and football seasons overlap. That outfield sure looks beat up though!- even beyond the football playing area.

If there is a trend on who took the longest to START their demoliton, a rule of thumb seems to be the 'last to arrive (in '63-64) are also the last to go'. If they came in on a shoe string to begin with, it was hard to hold them to their contractual obligations for demolition & restoration.

I noticed that Hawaii looks like they've been gone for years, or weren't even there to begin with. That grass where the Hawaii buildings stood looks like it's had plenty of time to grow.

I also noted the Meadow Lake Golf Course. :D

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Say, I just noticed something. Just above the Oregon 'Timber Carnival' stadium, between it and the Atomedic Hospital, is something oval-shaped that looks like running track.

I wonder if that is the go-kart track that was installed for the 1965 World's Fair season? There is very little documentation of that- we've only found a guide book reference and one or two pictures of a directional sign pointing that way, but not any photos of the track itself. Maybe this is the first one!? Too late to show any actual go-karts of course.

I wonder what was holding up Coca-Cola from beginning their demolition?

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I don't see the 2 giant flag poles. Also, I see the armillary sphere is still there. Where was the BSA unisphere? Or was it already in someones back yard.

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So if had to guess I'd say this photo was taken in September '66

Randy, I'd say early 1966, maybe right after football season was completed?

My monorail records show the attraction was completely removed by June 22, 1966. In April of '66 the track was partially removed so only a small section near the maintenance depot remained while they transported the cars two at a time to Houston/Hitchcock, TX.

AMF memos confirm to the NYWF Corp. that all demolition would be completed per their instuctions (3 feet below ground level) by June 22, 1966.

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I've already got Brett working on determining the exact date of the photo, but I was also thinking this was probably January or February 1966... isn't that ice I see in Meadow Lake?

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I remember in early 67 or so shortly before the park reopened I snuck into the park with 2 friends.By then just about everything was gone.We just wanted to relive our adventures in the Fair.We were able to walk around for about half an hour before an NYPD patrol car pulled up along side of us.I guess they realized that we meant no harm and ushered us into the back seat.The cops escorted us off the grounds and released the 3 of us with a warning not to come back until the park was opened.-Jerry

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The thing about the arches still standing is that it seems as if they would have blocked roadways for construction vehicles (or deconstruction vehicles) carrying debris from demolished pavilions. It seems odd that they are still there.

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