August 18, 2014: Restoration Project – saving time

Bulova Clock at the Corona Entrance to the 1939 NY World's FairLIRR & Pennsylvania Railroad entrance to the FairA Bulova clock above the Corona Gate Entrance from the Gottscho-Schleisner Collection (Library of Congress) on the left and another Bulova clock at the LIRR & Pennsylvania Railroad entrance to the Fair.

Apparently 4 of the Bulova Clocks came to Philadelphia after the World’s Fair, although none of the current business owners where the clocks were placed could tell me why.

Len Davidson wrote: “I got the clock that was installed at Broad and Germantown Avenue, one went across from Snellenberg’s department Store at 12th and Market Streets, one went to a shop on Lancaster Avenue, and no one could recall where the 4th clock went.

I am restoring one of the 6-foot diameter 1939 World’s Fair Bulova Neon Clocks and  am looking for information on paint colors for these clocks and I also need an expert to value the clock for insurance purposes.  Once restored it will be displayed at Culture Works”s offices in Philadelphia at 1315 Walnut Street.

I hope your readers will be interested in this information and that someone may know more about the clock’s colors and reason they came to Philadelphia.”

Here are a few photos of the clock as it is today.

Bulova ClockBulova Clock after the removal from the buildingThe Bulova Clock today“The only color photo I have of the Clock at the fair is the one above.  But the clear photo at the fair shows the outer metal was black or dark, and the inner white/off white.

The neon on mine looks to be redone as the ruby red tubes are made so that 1 tube covers several numerals, which is not true in the original.”

If you have a color photo or information that would help Len restore this clock, you can contact him at:
Len Davidson

Davidson Neon Design, Inc.
2140 Mount Vernon Streeet
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Phone: (215) 232-0478
email: Len@DavidsonNeon.com

Visit Davidson Neon & the Neon Museum of Philadelphia

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August 1, 2014: World’s Fair Newsletter

Welcome to the Fair

If you have information, photos, or stories about the ’39 NY World’s Fair and would like to share, then I invite you to submit your material to me so I can publish it as a permanent part of the website.

In particular, the Hall of Nations is missing information on the following countries: Canada, Czechoslovakia, Dominican Republic, France, Haiti, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Monaco, Norway, Portugal, Siam, So. Rhodesia, and Spain. If you can help fill in these voids I would appreciate your help. Contact me.

New on the site

I’ve just added a new section called “Displays.” You’ll find it in the MISC section of the sie.

Tony Peregoy submitted several Stereopticon Photos taken by his Great-aunt Ellen McAlpin Johnson. These are different from other Stereopticon Photos which have a more definitive division between the left and right side.

I have added 10 of the images to the website starting in the Misc. section of the site. Here is the link for the thumb-nail page http://1939nyworldsfair.com/stereopticon/stereopticon-1.aspx From there each image can be view in a larger format of 800px in width.

Ron Freeman sent in scans of the book “Miniature Rooms by Mrs. James Ward Thorne,” from the World’s Fair of 1940 in New York.
Born Narcissa Niblack Thorne (May 2, 1882 – June 25, 1966), she was an American artist known for her extremely detailed miniature rooms. Her works depict historical interiors from Europe, Asia and North America from the late 13th to the early 20th century. The Thorne rooms are honored with dedicated exhibits in the Art Institute of Chicago, where a special wing was built to house them, the Phoenix Art Museum, and the Knoxville Museum of Art. (Wikipedia)

The book can be viewed at: http://1939nyworldsfair.com/miniature_rooms/miniature_rooms.aspx

Patty Clark sent me a photo of the Port Authority’s Display celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Fair. The image is on the website’s home page for the month of August.

Bruce Cardozo submitted a couple display photos from the Grand Central Station New York Transit Museum.

Send me your photos of display celebrating the 75th Anniversary so I can add them to the website. Be sure to include the location of the event.

Coming soon to the web

World's Fair AmbulancesTom McPherson has sent me 24 images of the various ambulances used during the two years of the Fair. A couple of the photos have been posted on facebook and hopefully when Tom has time he can write an article to accompany the photos to make an interesting web page.

People Seeking Information

Take a look and see if you can help these people find answers to their questions.
(Website http://www.1939nyworldsfair.com/people_seeking_information.htm  and on the blog:
http://39wfblog.1939nyworldsfair.com/people-seeking-informaton ) If you have a question email me and I will add it to the list.

From: Anne Gieg

We are seeking information on a duo of Canadian Dogmushers that were at the Worlds’ Fair in 1939. They were at the Amusement Zone – Zone #7 Children’s’ World. Their names were Leland Morley Abbott and Hector Despins. They met up with dogmusher Dave Irwin who was at the fair in April 1939.

We have a very old photograph in black and white with the two dogmushers – called ‘Top Dogs’ – we lost the accompanying article that accompanied this picture. We believe it came from a New York Newspaper around the early week of April 1939. They gave rides with their dogs. Their lead dogs’ name was ‘Satan’. We would be so pleased to get a copy of this newspaper article which would give us a great deal more to go on.
Leland Morley Abbott is the Great uncle of my spouse Graham Gieg of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. There was once a video clip which was sent to us many years ago showing the mushers and their sled and team of dogs at the amusement zone in the children’s world and the two mushers sitting at the amusement zone with Dave Irwin.
We would love to get a copy of this video. We believe that they also met up with the mayor of New York in 1939 Mayor La Guardia and handed him a letter from Winnipeg, Canada when they overstayed for the winter of 1938 in Winnipeg, Canada.

Regards and many thanks.

Eiric MacKiernan writes:
Could you tell me who sang the national anthem at the world’s fair? My father E. Franko claims to remember singing at the world’s fair when he was a child.

Unfortunately I don’t have any details. I only remember my father telling me he sang the National Anthem at the NY Worlds fair when he was about 8. So it could be either year. He said he hated it and that my grandmother (his mother) made him. His full name is Ernest D. V. Franko.

KIm asks:
I have been looking for purses/compacts from older World’s Fairs and wonder if you know whether there were any made for the 1939 World’s Fair.
Thanks for your time~Kim

I replied: Oh I’m sure that there were some …  Actually I know there were compacts  See http://1939nyworldsfair.com/worlds_fair/odds_n_ends.htm for a photo of a Powder Case.

Collector's Postcards

24 Collector’s Postcards are available in two sets or order individual cards. Quantities are limited.

Order Collector’s Postcard sets 1 & 2 .
Watch the Postcard video YouTube

Visit the Gift Shop on the 1939 NY World’s Fair website to purchase many items from the 1939 NY World’s Fair. Money raised from the sale of items goes towards maintaining the website.

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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.

Lost on facebook: Many people have posted on the 1939 New York World’s Fair Community facebook page only to get lost on the right-side under “Posts to Page.” If you want your post to be seen in the main section of the page, I need to make you an editor. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Send a “Friend Request” to my personal account (Paul M. Van Dort or TriviaWolf).
  2. Be sure to “Like” the 1939 New York World’s Fair Community page.
  3. Send me a message to let me know you would like to be an Editor and I’ll to the rest.

Website Links

Would you like a link on the World’s Fair Website? Take a look at the links page to see how I am adding the links. Hover over the link name to reveal a descriptive panel, click the link to visit the site.

Contact me with the information that you want to appear. Links must be approved before they are added.

Join the World’s Fair Community page on Facebook – Simply Like” the page, while you are there, why not add a post or a comment.

Follow the 1939 NY World’s Fair blog: http://39wfblog.1939nyworldsfair.com/ While you are on the page, you can sign up for automatic email notifications of new blog posts.

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July 1, 2014: July’s World’s Fair Newsletter

I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable 4th of July Celebration.

Fair’s Public Address System
Most Modern in World

The stream of music, sometimes stimulating and sometimes soothing; which courts the ear of the visitor as he enters the New York World’s Fair and which follows him throughout thegrounds, originates from the Fair’s public address system, the largest and most modern in the world.

The nerve center of the public address system is a master control console especially built for the World’s Fair by the Radio Corporation of America. It embraces all the controls for program selection, monitoring and distribution to the loudspeakers.

A force of program directors, engineers and technicians operates the sound center from 9 A.M.to 2 A.M., supplying a background of institutional music which varies in type and tempo according to the time of day and the section of the grounds to which it is directed. Three times daily at 10A.M. 2P.M. and 7 P.M., resumes of the programs to be heard are announced from the Speaker’s studio.

One of the innovations of the Center is the ringing of the “Angelus” at 6 P.M., calling the faithful to prayer in accordance with religious tradition. The note is sounded ·electrically by the impact of a small hammer on a steelwire housed in a five-foot standard.

Of all the loudspeakers, the 200-foot Perisphere itself forms part of the largest horn in the world. Beneath the giant ball is an acoustical pit, 12-feet deep and 22-feet across, containing 24 100- watt low frequency horns and 12 25-watt high frequency horns.

The sound issues between the curvature of the sphere and the flat surface of the surrounding pool.

The bulk of the music coming over the public address system is provided by the Trytones, the 42-piece Fair orchestra under the baton of Joseph Littau, which gives a concert each afternoon and plays twice nightly at the Lagoon of Nations, and by a transcription library of 6,000 titles.

The Public Address Center is under the general supervision of John s. Young, Fair Director of Radio and Television, and Robert S. Wood, assistant director.

(The preceding article is from “Today at the Fair,” Volume 62, Page 2, Wednesday, July 5, 1939.) I thought you may enjoy a bit of trivia from 75-years ago.

New on the site

I haven’t received any new material this past month, however as time permits I will be add larger images for many of the photos that are currently on the website. The first are all the photos from Johns Manville (Community Zone). http://www.1939nyworldsfair.com/worlds_fair/wf_tour/Zone-2/johns_manville.htm

I’ll keep you posted as more pages and sections are completed.

People Seeking Information

Take a look and see if you can help these people find answers to their questions.
(Website http://www.1939nyworldsfair.com/people_seeking_information.htm   and on the blog:
http://39wfblog.1939nyworldsfair.com/people-seeking-informaton ) If you have a question email me and I will add it to the list.

From: Jeannine Annelle Rouse

My mother, Anel (Annelle) Creel Rouse, 1912-1989, was one of those who manned the Socialism Booth. Her father, Herrlee Glessner Creel Sr., 1883-1940, was a practicing Socilist. He wrote for the ‘Appeal to Reason’ socialist newspaper started by Eugene V. Debs. If you have some photos of people manning the booth in 1939-1940, I would be very interested.

Collector's Postcards

24 Collector’s Postcards are available in two sets or order individual cards. Quantities are limited.

Order Collector’s Postcard sets 1 & 2. Watch the Postcard video YouTube

Visit the Gift Shop on the 1939 NY World’s Fair website to purchase many items from the 1939 NY World’s Fair. Money raised from the sale of items goes towards maintaining the website.

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Be sure to keep informed with new things on the World’s Fair Facebook page.

Website Links

Would you like a link on the World’s Fair Website? Take a look at the links page to see how I am adding the links. Hover over the link name to reveal a descriptive panel, click the link to visit the site.

Contact me with the information that you want to appear. Links must be approved before they are added.

Join the World’s Fair Community page on Facebook – Simply Like” the page, while you are there, why not add a post or a comment.

Follow the 1939 NY World’s Fair blog: http://39wfblog.1939nyworldsfair.com/ While you are on the page, you can sign up for automatic email notifications of new blog posts.

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June 1, 2014: June’s World’s Fair Newsletter

New on the site

 

WF mexican PinBecky Gool submitted this pin from either the Mexican Pavilion in the Hall of Nations or possibility the Cuban Village in the Amusement Zone. A larger image can be seen by clicking the link on page 2 of Odds and Ends.

James Needham John Meadowcroft III and his wife, Lily Ella Worrall.Submitted by Mary Lew Renninger of Bally, PA are this photo is of her parents: James Needham John Meadowcroft III and his wife, Lily Ella Worrall.

James really enjoyed Merrie Old England since he was born in the United Kingdom and arrived here in the United States at the age of 9-months.

To see a larger image and an additional photo of the happy couple visit Merrie England in the Amusement Zone

People Seeking Information

See if you can help these people find answers to their questions.
(Website http://www.1939nyworldsfair.com/people_seeking_information.htm and on the blog:
http://39wfblog.1939nyworldsfair.com/people-seeking-informaton ) 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.

Cover from the Futurama Booklet

The most popular exhibit was General Motors Futurama. An estimated 30,000 visitors a day waited in line to enter and then enjoy the 18-minute ride along a third of a mile path through the exhibit seated in chairs which moved along a conveyor system.

The exhibit consisted of separate dioramas which showed how the United States would appear when viewed from an airplane in 1960. As visitors progressed along the ride, the dioramas grew increasingly larger until finally spectators emerged into daylight, stepped out of their chair-cars and found themselves looking at the very buildings which they had just seen in miniature.

Futurama contained approximately 500,000 individually designed houses, more than 1,000,000 trees of eighteen species, 50,000 scale size automobiles, of which 10,000 actually worked, bridges, farms, rivers, cities, lakes, forests, super highways, and snow-capped mountains.

Visit the Fututama page-2 to view images of the display taken by my father and Winnie Ervin, (collection of Dr. William R. Hanson).

View the entire Futurama booklet online or download a copy of the Futurama booklet in PDF format (3.5 meg).

I’ve added “To New Horizons” a 23-minute film about the vision of what 1960 would be like. It not only shows the wonderful exhibit called Futurama but also shows what 1940 was like with its people, automobiles, and many of the earlier every-day appliances in use.

If you want to obtain a copy of this film, visit the Internet Archives where you can find a variety of download formats.

Visit the web page devoted to Adolph Witschard of St. Albans who ws the wizard behind the scenes at the Futurama exhibit.

Collector's Postcards

24 Collector’s Postcards are available in two sets or order individual cards. Quantities are limited.

Order Collector’s Postcard sets 1 & 2 or Order individual Collector’s Postcards.
Watch the Postcard video YouTube

Visit the Gift Shop on the 1939 NY World’s Fair website to purchase many items from the 1939 NY World’s Fair. Money raised from the sale of items goes towards maintaining the website.

facebook

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.

If you are a Fan of the 1939 Fair page and would like to post photos and articles, AND do not want them to get lost under the section titled “Recent Posts by Others,” then contact me and I will make you a “Content Creator.” Content Creator’s can do everything except manage Admin Roles.

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Would you like a link on the World’s Fair Website? Take a look at the links page to see how I am adding the links. Hover over the link name to reveal a descriptive panel, click the link to visit the site.

Contact me with the information that you want to appear. Links must be approved before they are added.

Join the World’s Fair Community page on Facebook – Simply Like” the page, while you are there, why not add a post or a comment.

Follow the 1939 NY World’s Fair blog: http://39wfblog.1939nyworldsfair.com/ While you are on the page, you can sign up for automatic email notifications of new blog posts.

Thanks to everyone who has shared their World’s Fair material.

Paul

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April 30, 2014: May’s World’s Fair Newletter

Welcome to the May edition of the 1939 New York World’s Fair newsletter.

Today, April 30, is the 75th Anniversary of the opening of the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

While some of the pavilions were still under construction and not yet open, that first day of the Fair was attended by 206,000 visitors. Then President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave the opening speech while visitors watched the opening on 200 televisions sets in various locations throughout the Fair. Television was new, and on that day NBC’s experimental station call-sign, W2XBS was changed to WNBC and the birth of broadcast television began.


New on the site

 


Mr. Albert Fisher created a short video titled “Remembering Tomorrow.” Albert said [this is] “My special tribute to the 50th anniversary of the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair & the 75th anniversary of the 1939-40 NY World’s Fair!
People Seeking Information
Take a look and see if you can help these people find answers to their questions.
(Website http://www.1939nyworldsfair.com/people_seeking_information.htm and on this blog (use the link at the top of this page.)  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.

From Theodore Brebeck
Sat, 5 Apr 2014

I own the OK Engine Company makers of model airplane and auto engines. Our original company name was Herkimer Tool and Model Works of Herkimer NY. We were a sponsor of the model automobile races at the 1939 World’s Fair and still have the engines and display from the fair in our company museum here in upstate NY. I am looking for photos of the racing track and or events from the fair hoping that there may be an image of my father and grandfather who founded our company and manned the displays and model racing events at the fair. Do you have or know of any existing photos of this? Thank you for your attention in this matter. Ted Brebeck at OK Engine Co.

From Ken C.
Thur 24 Apr 2014

A few years back, while cleaning out my in-laws’ home, we came across a stainless steel promotional card the size of a credit card. It has information on the Edw. G. Budd Mfg. Co. and a thin piece of stainless with picture of the Zephyr (train) “shot welded” to the card.

Budd Zyphr ID PlateBurlington Route DisplayThis belonged to my late father-in-law. Besides his time in the Navy during WWII, he was not out of the New York City metropolitan area until the late 1960s.

The lighting in the pictures of the front and back make it look yellowed but it is the silver/grey color of stainless. The photo of the card resting on the front of the Zephyr power car is a more accurate representation of the color of the card.

The card refers to the trainset as the “Burlington Zephyr”, which was the original name given to it in 1934. It was renamed “Pioneer Zephyr” in 1936.

I know this was some sort of promotional handout but do not know much more about it, such as when it was made, when or where it was distributed, and how many were made.  The original trainset was taken on a nationwide tour and was displayed in NY’s Pennsylvania Station on Track 3 on Monday, April 23, 1934 and in NY’s Grand Central Terminal on Track 17 on Tuesday, April 24, 1934.  I have not been able to find any information from contemporary newspaper articles or other sources that indicate that these cards were given out during this two-day exhibition.  The only other possibility is that they were given out at the 1939 World’s Fair at Budd Manufacturing display in the Transportation Zone.

If you have any information about this card, or know of anyone who might from your research on the 1939 World’s Fair, as far as when or how these were distributed, about how many they gave out, and particularly how he might have obtained it in the NY area prior to his marriage in the mid-fifties, I’d appreciate if you could pass it along.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Christa Molinaro
Fri, 18 Apr 2014

I’m seeking information and material relating to fashion at the 1939-1940 NY World’s Fair. I’m writing my master’s thesis on the topic, which will take the form of an exhibition proposal. If you have any information that will assist with this research, as well as images of ephemera, photographs, garments/fabrics, or any other potential exhibition objects, please contact me. I really appreciate any insights or leads you may have.

Collector's Postcards

24 Collector’s Postcards are available in two sets or order individual cards. Quantities are limited.

Order Collector’s Postcard sets 1 & 2 or Order individual Collector’s Postcards.
Watch the Postcard video YouTube

Visit the Gift Shop on the 1939 NY World’s Fair website to purchase many items from the 1939 NY World’s Fair. Money raised from the sale of items goes towards maintaining the website.

facebook

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. If you are a Fan of the 1939 Fair page and would like to post photos and articles, AND do not want them to get lost under the section titled “Recent Posts by Others,” then contact me and I will make you a “Content Creator.” Content Creator’s can do everything except manage Admin Roles. Join the World’s Fair Community page on Facebook – by simply Liking  the page, while you are there, why not add a post or a comment.

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Links from the Website
Would you like a link on the World’s Fair Website? Take a look at the links page to see how I am adding the links. Hover over the link name to reveal a descriptive panel, click the link to visit the site.  Contact me with the information that you want to appear. Links must be approved before they are added.

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NOTICE:

Because Windows XP is no longer supported, I had to move the World’s Fair Newsletter to a new program. Prior to this the newsletter was sent out as simple text (txt), but the new program actually sends out the file as web-based HTML. If this causes you any problems, please let me know.

Thanks to everyone who has shared their World’s Fair material.

Paul

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April 18, 2012: Cycle-Design Event

The following was sent to me by Steve Stollman: A link to a lot more information can be found at the end of this article.

2014-2015

The 50th and 75th Anniversary Celebrations of the
1939-40 and 1964-65 New York World’s Fairs

As one way to take notice of these remarkable historical events, designers and builders, artists and engineers, mechanics and craftspeople, are all invited to help invent and make more real, the human-scale, human-powered transportation systems of the future. For the next two years, we are inviting individuals and groups from everywhere on this planet, to submit and exchange their ideas and be part of a massive crowd sourcing experiment, both online and in your little, or big, neighborhood. We are suggesting that a small plot of public land, or volunteered parking lot or other private property, be provided locally, to help expedite the development of the most beautiful, and highly-functional, cycles and wheelchairs, cargo and passenger-carrying vehicles, the futuristic new machines best suited to serve the needs of our varied environments.

The emphasis must be on safety, affordability, durability and accessibility but each project is an independent entity and may set its own goals and “rules of the road”. We know that 1HP electric-assist motors on bikes are legal by US Federal statute and important when needed to carry heavy weight or overcome wind or difficult terrain. We are choosing to abide by the 20MPH Federal speed limit on electric-assisted bikes. This project does not include ICE (Internal Combustion Engine)-Age motors, unless electric is not a viable option due to local conditions. All vehicles must be pedal-activated and thus classified as bicycles, wherever they may be, and welcomed on the road.

Multi-passenger, weather-protected, unusual and unique vehicles are among the most desirable. It can be a drawing, a scale model or a working model. It can be imaginary or completely practical. We are hopeful that this endeavor will enable many connections to be made between creative individuals and others like themselves, who find that they are able to work together, as well as investors and governments, eager to expand this activity for economic, environmental, health or humanitarian reasons.

The World’s Fairs of old were devoted to bringing forth technology that could benefit mankind, were inclusive of all Nations, and endeavored to bring pleasures along with their lessons and marvels. These features are worth preserving. One of the participating sites is Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the site of two great Fairs in the past. Thanks to technology, this event can be taking place, at the same time, in your own city and on your electronic device. In some ways this may be the first true World’s Fair, open to everyone and devoted to our potential to learn and to dream. It may also be a mechanism to help coordinate the contributions that so many may be able to make, to the establishment of an easy to negotiate, peaceful, just and healthful place for ourselves and all others. Please consider beginning a local effort in your neighborhood.

For more information, please visit www.SharingUmbrellas.org

 

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April 15, 2014: Celebrate the Fair’s Anniversary

To celebrate both the 75th anniversary of the 1939 NY World’s Fair and the 50th anniversary of the 1964 NY World’s Fair, Julie from NewHorizons123.co has created this video on Cinsay. There are some wonderful items which you can purchase directly from the video.

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April 1, 2014: World’s Fair Newsletter

Welcome to the April edition of the 1939 New York World’s Fair Newsletter.

New on the site

Frank 'Bring 'em Back Alive' Buck's book 'Capturing Wild Elephants! 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.

Links:

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:

World's Fair Time Capsule Marker“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.

dress up for the World's Fair - Peter and WendyTravel 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!

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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.

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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.

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Collector’s Postcards

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:
 http://1939nyworldsfair.com/collectors-cards-sets-order.aspx  

Individual Postcards can be ordered at:
http://1939nyworldsfair.com/collectors-cards-order.aspx

Quantities are limited.

Watch the Postcard video on the home page or on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEdXZbhYeEA

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Visit the Gift Shop on the 1939 NY World’s Fair website:
http://1939nyworldsfair.com/worlds_fair/gift_shop/index.htm  

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.

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Facebook

Be sure to keep informed with new things on the World’s Fair Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/1939NYWorldsFair 

Among our Contributors are the Museum of the City of New York, and Author & World’s Fair Authority, Mr.  Bill Cotter.

If you are a Fan of the 1939 Fair page and would like to post photos and articles, AND do not want them to get lost under the section titled “Recent Posts by Others,” then contact me and I will make you a “Content Creator.” Content Creator’s can do everything except manage Admin Roles.

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Would you like a link on the World’s Fair Website?  Take a look at the link page at: http://goo.gl/nq2qM  to see how I am adding the links. Hover over the link name to reveal a descriptive panel, click the link to visit the site.

Contact me ( http://www.1939nyworldsfair.com/contact.htm  ) with the information that you want to appear. Links must be approved before they are added.

Join the World’s Fair Community page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/1939NYWorldsFair  – Simply Like” the page, while you are there, why not add a post or a comment.

Follow the 1939 NY World’s Fair blog: http://39wfblog.1939nyworldsfair.com/ While you are on the page, you can sign up for automatic email notifications of new blog posts.

Thanks to everyone who has shared their World’s Fair material.

Paul

 

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March 24, 2014: Need Information About The Netherlands

Netherlands in the Government Zone of the 1939 NY World's Fair.I received an email from Jos M. A. G. Strom of the Netherlands which reads:

I am preparing a “Handbook” about the “Transorma-lettersorting machine”, all over the world. In 1939 there was a “demonstration” in New York. In my book I like to tell something about the “other product’s”  of The Netherlands in this Fair.

If you have any Ephemera from either of the Netherlands Pavilion please contact Jos Stroom stroom@wiz.nl

Photo left: Netherlands in the Government Zone – photo MO13 – from the collection taken by John Ott courtesy of his grandson Michael Ott.Netherlands in the Hall of Nations: 1939 NY World's Fair

Photo right: Netherlands  in the Hall of Nations included exhibits and products from 30 Netherlands firms, some of which were for sale to visitors. Photo by Arie van Dort.

Thank you for your help.

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March 1, 2014: March World’s Fair Newsletter

 

Welcome to the March edition of the 1939 New York World’s Fair newsletter.

New on the site

The statue of UnityIt’s been exciting to add new Fair items to the website and learn about the marvels that were exhibited in 1939. But for me, the most rewarding aspect is when the new material is the story of a person. In some instances the person may still be alive when the story was added, such as Lilly Tossas from the Cuban Village, or Lucille Jacobs from Frozen Alive. Others included Adolph Witschard, Architect, inventor, and the man behind the animation for Futurama, or Helen Coombs and Rudy Coombs from the Wall of Death.

The latest is Mr. Harry Poole Camden, Jr., and the winner of the competition for the statues which were seen on the facade of the Federal Building. Harry’s grand-daughter, Marcia Camden, shared a Power Point presentation which she made for her family. I have taken what Marcia did along with some information I received from others and added two new pages about Harry and the contest.

You can find photos and story about Harry at http://1939nyworldsfair.com/worlds_fair/wf_tour/zone-/united_states.htm

Many thanks to Marcia for allowing me to share her work with you.

David Cope, World’s Fair Historian submitted the story behind the Haskell Guard who were excellent horsemen and the escorts for dignitaries  at the World’s Fair.

From Allen Roth

World's Fair Rug ErrorA rug with the Statue of Liberty holding the torch in the wrong hand. You’ll find a link to a large photo on
http://www.1939nyworldsfair.com/worlds_fair/odds_n_ends-5.htm#rug  and more information on the World’s Fair Blog at:
http://39wfblog.1939nyworldsfair.com/2014/02/21/february-21-2014-error-on-a-worlds-fair-rug.html

From Christine Johnson

More postcards have been added in several folders along with a brochure from Mikimoto Pearls. See the February 7 blog post for details:

The postcards can be accessed by visiting the main postcard page: http://www.1939nyworldsfair.com/Postcards/index.htm

Mikimoto Pearls brochure; http://www.1939nyworldsfair.com/Mikimoto_pearls/Mikimoto_pearls.htm   and a Mikimoto  Pearls Postcard which you will find at the bottom of the Japan Pavilion page;
http://www.1939nyworldsfair.com/worlds_fair/wf_tour/Zone-1/japan.htm

Brian Knepp sent in a number of B&W Fair photos which I will be adding to the site during the month of March.

Dennis Geardino wrote:

A few years back I was on 125th St. in the Upper East Side and wandered into a place called the ‘Demolition Depot’. What a cool place, full of old NYC memorabilia! While exploring the store, I stumbled on a old stainless steel ticket booth with the 1939 World’s Fair emblem on the side. It may very well have been from the World’s Fair?

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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.

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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.

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Collector’s Postcards

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:
http://1939nyworldsfair.com/collectors-cards-sets-order.aspx

Individual Postcards can be ordered at:
http://1939nyworldsfair.com/collectors-cards-order.aspx

Watch the Postcard video on the home page or on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEdXZbhYeEA

Quantities are limited.

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Visit the Gift Shop on the 1939 NY World’s Fair website: http://1939nyworldsfair.com/worlds_fair/gift_shop/index.htm

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.

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Facebook

Be sure to keep informed with new things on the World’s Fair Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/1939NYWorldsFair

Among our Contributors are the Museum of the City of New York, and Author & World’s Fair Authority, Mr.  Bill Cotter.

If you are a Fan of the 1939 Fair page and would like to post photos and articles, AND do not want them

to get lost under the section titled “Recent Posts by Others,” then contact me and I will make you a

“Content Creator.” Content Creator’s can do everything except manage Admin Roles.

———————————————–

Would you like a link on the World’s Fair Website?  Take a look at the link page at: http://goo.gl/nq2qM  to see how I am adding the links. Hover over the link name to reveal a descriptive panel, click the link to visit the site.

Contact me ( http://www.1939nyworldsfair.com/contact.htm  ) with the information that you want to appear. Links must be approved before they are added.

Join the World’s Fair Community page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/1939NYWorldsFair  – Simply Like” the page, while you are there, why not add a post or a comment.

Follow the 1939 NY World’s Fair blog: http://39wfblog.1939nyworldsfair.com/ While you are on the page, you can sign up for automatic email notifications of new blog posts.

Thanks to everyone who has shared their World’s Fair material.

Paul

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