Welcome to the April edition of the 1939 New York World’s Fair Newsletter.
Frank “Bring ‘em Back Alive” Buck’s book “Capturing Wild Elephants!” is now available to read on the website.
This 28-page large-print book is filled with photos of Frank and is journey in search of the majestic elephant. I only have one copy of this book, and it’s available in the Gift Shop.
This month is the 75th Anniversary of the opening of the 1939 Fair and the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Mr. David Anton has written an article to let you know what celebrations and events are going on to honor these two anniversaries.
There’s a LOT Happening Over the Next Month
And the good news is – its New York World’s Fair related activity for BOTH the 1939 and 1964/65 New York World’s Fairs!
In case you haven’t heard, April 22nd is the anniversary for this event, which was global in nature before the term was a regular part of everyday conversation. The seemingly impossible task, after a delayed start, of New York staging this event in such a record time has had enormous possibilities for many of us, who may want the chance to “Come Back to the Fair”. This is due to the efforts of many individuals, groups, including Disney, the Queens Borough Presidents office, namely Queensborough president Melinda Katz. Pavilion to Open to the Public for First Time in Decades
A Timeline of Events is shaping up thanks to the dedicated effort of many private individuals and the public sector including The Queens Historical Museum. One group, named The New York State Pavilion Paint Crew has coordinated with the Parks Department to open the Pavilion between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM on April 22nd. Because of this Open Gate Event- the New York State Pavilion Paint Project Crew and NYC Parks invite the public to a RARE PHOTO OPPORTUNITY! To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the World’s Fair and the New York State Pavilion, they will be opening the gate to allow limited access so guests can view and take photos of the inside. The viewing area will allow the classic roof and towers backdrop for you, your family, and friends. What’s more: The Paint Crew will be on hand to answer questions and talk about the past, present, and future of the structure many are so passionate about. Hardhats are required and will be provided for our visitors. Please share this news and come on out to snap your photos from inside the pavilion! What’s more is they may also turn on the promenade fountains for the first time in a long while.
New York State Pavilion Paint Project
NYS Pavilion to open to public on 50th anniversary
New York State Pavilion Open Gate on Opening Day
How about a convoy of 64 Ford Mustangs assembled around the Unisphere & surrounding areas? That was planned for April 22nd, but there are legal technicalities associated with this for the 22nd of April Anniversary. Wes Anderson, who was organizing this says that it looks like it may take full stage on May 18th without requiring the hefty $2,500 fee. – hey, it’s NY, what can you say?
Alternately, just a heads up for anyone who owns a vehicle used at the World’s Fairs (Greyhound Escorter, Cushman Trukster, etc). The official celebration day is May 18th. If you are planning on bringing your vehicle to Flushing Meadows Park that day, please contact Janice Melnick, administrator for Flushing Meadows Park at 718-760-6565718-760-6565. She would be happy to organize a display of vehicles to be included as part of the day’s events. If you wish to bring your World’s Fair vehicle to the park on any other day, you will be required to obtain a permit from the Department of Parks. If you just show up with your vehicle, you will be turned away.
There promises to be even more magical events happening that day as well as additional events which will be hosted throughout the park from June to September of this year. And I hear that Disney is involved as well as the support of the Queens Borough Presidents office. They are rumored to already be working with Disney on this as “Disney Celebrates 50 years It’s a small World World’s Fair Anniversary “, as well as an additional one in November – highlighting The 1964-65 Fair for two days at the Walt Disney World Resort in FLA. It’s a Small World: 9 Little-Known Facts
Headlining the April 22nd Anniversary will be “When the World Came to Queens,” a look at the 1939 and 1964 fairs hosted by Bill Cotter at The Queens Theatre. He’ll be showing pictures of both fairs from his collection and talking about how they came to be, their major highlights, and the legacies they left for the city and those who visited. There will be two sessions, one at 3 PM and another at 7 PM. He’ll also have copies of his books exploring both New York Fairs available, and other items from various authors such as Paul M. Van Dort whose book chronicles the 1939 New York World’s Fair, and Joe Tirella, famous for his book Tomorrow-Land, about the 1964-65 World’s Fair. Many photographers will be available there also. One photographer, who is making the trip, as he does almost every year, is Dave Watts, who has been running a countdown to the event. He starts real early in the morning “being at the Fairgrounds at 6:15 AM for a sunrise shoot” to capture the structures in their glory, as well as many evening shots which he has shared for the past year . Perhaps he will be joined by Jean Kweskin-Siegel, as well as Seth Bogdanove, a local photographer, who performs magical restorative work on all things photographic and video – including but not limited to The New York World’s Fair.
And for those of you who do not know it, the former NY CITY pavilion (YES- there was a NY STATE & NY CITY Pavilion) is the newly renovated and expanded Queens Museum. Their gift shop has many old souvenirs. You may want to pick up some souvenirs.
From a meeting at the Queens Borough Presidents office establishing the newly formed New York State Pavilion Task Force whose mission is to “see through with renovating and reusing the Pavilion” task force member Alan Sherman tells us “The good news is that they will be meeting fairly often and will not stop until it is complete”.
Why there’s even a TV documentary being put together, Albert Fisher who was involved with making the NBC Opening Night Special for the April 22nd opening of the 64 NY Fair with notable celebrities like Carol Channing and Walt Disney, and many more stars, has been working on a “sneak preview” that will be used in his upcoming PBS Documentary: “Remembering Tomorrow” devoted to and including memorabilia from both the 1939 and 1964 fairs. And that’s not all – Many authors, who are famous for penning the history and photos of The New York World’s Fairs, will also be available, and still more will make their books available, as well as some additional mementos from both fairs. How great is that?
But there’s MORE:
“The 1939 Time Capsule the way Dad remembered it.” ….. Help solve the mystery regarding the 39’ marker which was said to have been removed for safekeeping by the city during the construction of the 1964 fair. It has since gone missing and hasn’t been seen in decades. It’s hard to see how a large stone cylinder like that could have been misplaced but somehow they did.
Travel Plans: Many people who live in other states who want to come in for the festivities may need to make plans now. And there are many suggestions posted that would make Saints Gertrude, Christopher, and Brigid of Ireland (The patron saints of travelers) proud.
Food – Perhaps the temptation of the world famous Bel-Gem waffle, which originated at the 39 Fair will be sufficient to attract you to this event. The Waffles & Dinges truck is going to be on hand at the anniversary, and one fan wrote that it “was founded by the fellow who ran the Bel-Gem waffle stands at the fair. It is said that their strawberry and cream waffle is almost exactly the same today as the 1964 version.”
As another excited fan wrote “who knows this started quietly now so many groups are jumping on and in like Apr 22 they will open the gates at the new York state pavilion to let people take photos inside and Bill Cotter has an event in The Theatre in the park same day others later this year I’m actually taking a day off from work April 22”
It’s starting to take off- perhaps he’s right- Who Knows?
What are you doing that day? Come back to the Fair, if you get the opportunity. How will you be dressed? Hope to see you there!
People Seeking Information:
In January I started a new section on the website and blog titled “People Seeking Information.”
(Website http://www.1939nyworldsfair.com/people_seeking_information.htm and on the blog:
http://39wfblog.1939nyworldsfair.com/people-seeking-informaton ) Take a look and see if you can help these people find answers to their questions.
If you have a question email me and I will add it to the list. I will not publish email addresses but ask that anyone with an answer contact me. I in turn will put the two parties in touch with one and other. Please take a look and see if you can help these people find answers.
The Anniversary of Two Fairs
As I am sure you are aware, this April is the 75th anniversary of the 1939 NY World’s Fair and the 50th of the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Many things are being planned and I will post scheduled events on the blog starting in March, or as I receive information about them. If you have an event or are involved with one, let me know so I can share the information.
All 24 Collector’s Postcards are available in two sets or order individual cards. Postcard sets are only $12.00 plus $3.00 s/h.
Collector’s Postcard sets 1 & 2 can be ordered at:
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Quantities are limited.
Watch the Postcard video on the home page or on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEdXZbhYeEA
Visit the Gift Shop on the 1939 NY World’s Fair website:
The Gift Shop currently contains more than 67 items and 93 Postcards from the World’s Fair. Money raised from the sale of items goes towards maintaining the website.
Be sure to keep informed with new things on the World’s Fair Facebook page:
Among our Contributors are the Museum of the City of New York, and Author & World’s Fair Authority, Mr. Bill Cotter.
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