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.

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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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February 21, 2014: Error on a World’s Fair Rug

This came from Allen Roth:
World's Fair Textile Rug with reversed Statue of Liberty“I had a 34″ x 19″ rug listed on eBay, but the day before it closed, an eBayer sent me a note stating that the Statue of Liberty is holding the torch in the left hand in mine and should be the right. This person said they have both versions, but the error one may be quite rare. As there were no bids anyway, I pulled the auction off and am doing research to find out more info. The item did not have many watchers either, so I think I made the right decision. The eBay person also said they think it was made in Italy and sold at the Italian pavilion, more than likely in ’39.”

Here is a close up of the Statue of Liberty on the rug along with a front and back view of the Statue itself.Comparison of the Statue of Liberty and the image on the rug

My guess on how it happened is that the person who did the design of the rug worked from a photograph that was printed in reverse.

If you have any information about the rarity of this fabric or other information, leave a comment, or if  you would like to contact Allen, contact me and I’ll put the two of you in touch with each other.

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February 7, 2012: New Things to See on the World’s Fair Website

Christine Johnson did a wonderful job of scanning some postcards and flyers from the 1939 NY World’s Fair. She sent these scans to me so that I could add new material to the World’s Fair website. While there are still a few more items to put on the site, I thought I’d give you a list of what’s new.

Mikimoto Pearls Postcard from the Japan Pavilion at the 1939 World's FairPostcards:

Printed by Miller Art Company

Administration Building
Amusement Area
Aviation Building
Contemporary Arts
Court of States
Chrysler Motors Building
DuPont Chemistry Building
Empire State Building
Federal Area
Federal Building
Fireworks
Glass Centre Building
Hall of Marine Transportation
Hall Of Special Events
Maison Coty
Medical and Health
Railroad Exhibit Building
R.C.A. Exhibit Building
Spiral Fountain
Star Pylon
Triborough and Hell Gate
Trylon and Perisphere

Printed by CT Art Colortone  - Electrical Products

Printed by Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. – General View – Firestone Factory

Printed by the Manhattan Postcard Company – Fountain Display in Lagoon of Nations

Printed by Tichnor Brothers, Inc. – The “Supreme Spectacle” of Fire and Water

Printed by unknown printer – Consolidated Edison “City of Light”

Printed by Grinnell Litho Company – Postcard set # 4

Other Items

Mikimoto Pearls Pamphlet from the Japanese Pavilion
Mikimoto Pearls Postcard - on the Japan Pavilion page

Greyhound – to and through New York World’s Fair Booklet

Mainzer Assorted ViewsAssortment of Mini Souvenir Photographs

I hope you enjoy the new additions. If you have something to share, contact me

 

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February 1, 2014: World’s Fair February Newsletter

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

New on the site

Police badges and jacket

Tiffany Peckay is wanting to sell an 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair Police officer’s uniform coat/jacket. This has the Trylon & Perisphere symbol buttons & “1940″ patch, is made of worsted Wool. There is a label in the jacket which states: Made Expressly for: Ed. Rzonca, No. 310, Precinct 1, Size 42. The jacket come with both a 1939 and 1949 Police Badge. If you are interested in purchasing these items, contact me and I’ll put you and Tiffany in touch with each other.

I’ve taken the Fire Department & Ambulance pages which were buried in the Miscellaneous section under “More Fair Photos” and created a link directly to the “FD PD Ambulance” pages. Pictures of the jacket, label, and badges can be found there.

I apologize that more hasn’t been added to the site in January, but it’s been a very busy work month.

People Seeking Information

Last month I started a new section on the website and blog titled “People Seeking Information.” 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.

I’d like your opinion:

I received a book from Keith Tomilnson titled “Masterpieces of Art,” New York World’s Fair 1940, Official Illustrated Catalogue. During the past 14-years I’ve tried to add mostly items and photos from 1939, with some exceptions. The art that was displayed in 1940 was completely different than that of 1939. The opening paragraph from the foreword reads:

“The Masterpieces of Art Exhibition of 1940, while differing in plan and in all its contents from the showing held at the World’s Fair last year, is a direct result of that magnificent assemblage of works. They demonstrated not only the wealth of American collections but the readiness of our public to respond in vast numbers and with enthusiasm to an opportunity to see the art of the masters. Following out the desire thus manifested so unmistakably, the organization of public-spirited citizens who made possible the exhibition of 1939 has again set itself the task of offering to the World’s Fair visitors a comprehensive series of great paintings.”

My thought was to scan the images in the book and add them to the website, but since they are from 1940 I don’t know how they will be accepted. I ask you opinion. Should a section be created on the site to display the Masterpieces from 1940 or not? Please send me an email with your thoughts. Thank you.

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: Collector’s Postcard Sets
Individual Postcards can be ordered at: Individual Collector’s Postcards

Watch the Postcard video on the home page or on YouTube

Quantities are limited .

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.

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.

Would you like a link on the World’s Fair Website?

Take a look at the link 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.

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

Paul

 

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January 13, 2014: Looking for New World’s Fair Material

Well here it is, almost the middle of January and I hate to admit it but, I am short of new material to add to the web site.

With that in mind, I am asking anyone who may have photographs, stories, brochures, or items from the Fair to contact me so that I can add those items to the website. In particular, I’d like to complete more of the Government Zone, including the Hall of Nations and Court of States.Have you found an error in the site or had a problem? If the answer is yes, please take a moment to let me know about it so I can fix or change whatever is necessary. Do you an idea that would make the site better? Send me your suggestions and I’ll see what I can do.
Thank you,

Paul

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December 31, 2013: World’s Fair January Newsletter

Happy New YearWelcome to the January edition of the 1939 New York World’s Fair newsletter.

We are only a few months away from the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Fair.

2013 was a great year for the Fair on facebook and the website. Facebook started with 132 “likes” and ended with 377, and the website began the year with 130 “likes” and ended with 563. All-in-all there were 331,366 visitors to the site in 2013. Thank you to all who have made this possible.

New on the site

Barbara Burns, from Clermont, Florida loaned me her father’s photo album. Vernon L. Clifford worked in the Electric Utilities Pavilion and while there was able to obtain some of the publicity photos used by the Electric Utilities Companies  and the Electrified Farm. Most of the photos were from the inside of the pavilions, which is not something we see everyday.

People Seeking Information:

Many times people ask a question for which I have no answer. I will usually post that question in this newsletter and on the World’s Fair blog but after a while that question fades away. In order to keep these questions available for everyone to see at all times, I have added a page to both the webwsite and the blog titled “People Seeking Information.” The list of questions will be added to and remain on that page until an answer is offered.

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.

Here’s what is on that page right now.

Sam Bell Jr. -  I was born in NYC in 1940. My father, Sam Bell, a New York sculptor, displayed art works at the 1939 World’s Fair. I seek to view his works and determine their current location, or at least determine the intent of their re-location at the end of the Fair.

Gary Williams is looking for a 1939 worlds fair ford commemorative coin. If you have one for sale, let me know and I’ll pass the information on to Gary.

Madelane Coale wrote: ” I’m doing research on my grandfather Griffith Baily Coale, who did 6 mural/paintings at the 1939 New York Worlds Fair. He did 5 for the Railroad Building and 1 at the Crosley Building. Just wondering if you can direct me to any information/ photos of any of his work, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you”
Please contact me and I’ll put you in touch with Madelane.

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: Collector’s Postcard Sets
Individual Postcars can be ordered at: Individual Collector’s Postcards

Watch the Postcard video on the home page or on YouTube

Quantities are limited so ORDER YOURS TODAY.

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.

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.

Would you like a link on the World’s Fair Website?

Take a look at the link 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.

Many thanks and Happy New Year to everyone who has shared their World’s Fair material.

Paul

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