October 1, 2014: World’s Fair Newsletter

Welcome to the Fair

On October 31st, seventy-five years ago the 1939 season for the New York World’s Fair came to a close. The following May it would open again for its final season but it wasn’t the same. As the war in Europe escalated the Fair’s theme changed from “Building the World of Tomorrow” in 1939 to “For Peace and Freedom” in 1940, and several of the pavilions either closed or were dismantled, as in the case of U.S.S.R.

While there have been several Expos in the United States and the last World’s Fair in Seattle in 1962. (The 1964-65 NY World’s Fair was not sanctioned by the Bureau International des Expositions) none have compared with the splendor of the 1939 NY World’s Fair.

New on the site

Plaza of Light Pylons – The Plaza of Light contained four 65-foot pylons which had 48 sculptures by Carl Paul Jennewein representing the four traditional elements: fire, earth, air, and water. Twenty-four of the images have been added thanks to images in the NYPL Digital Galery. The four original photos contained 6 images each which were edited and added as individual images for the web page. The original images are 1680891, 1680893, 1680895, 1680897 .

There are some questions as to the height of the Pylons and the actual number of symbols that were displayed. According to what I have found there were 48 symbols of which I only have 24 images. Was each symbol used twice or are there 24 more symbols?

If you have information on the symbols and their meaning, or more information on the story behind the Plaza of Light please contact me.

Inbad the Ailer- This “Comic” book was given away to visitors as a promotion for the Technicolor Motion Picture show at the Saráka exhibit in the Hall of Pharmacy. It tells the story of Sultan Inbad Abduldul Mixtupha Sorhed Omy XXIII (or Inbad the Ailer) and his problem of constipation prior to his polo game.

The comic book was donated by Cathy Scibeli.

There are eight new images on the web thanks to David Knowles. These are scans of color slides taken by his grandfather William H. Beal. More images will be coming.

Fountain of the Atoms and the Home Furnishings Building

France

Chrysler Corporation at night

USSR

Bell Telephone

Ford Motor Company Display

Gas Industries

Aviation – planes

New in the Giftshop

Artwork by Stephen Foster

Artist Stephen Foster created this poster in the style of the 1939 NY World’s Fair for the 1939 NY World’s Fair website.

It is a digital print on high quality semi-gloss stock, suitable for framing. Measures 10.5” X 22 and is now available from Stephen via the WF website giftshop.

These posters are a wonderful way to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Fair

Quantities of these signed posters are VERY LIMITED … so get yours today.

Thank you.

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-information ) If you have a question email me and I will add it to the list.

Nonia Wages Smith

I am interested in finding the original 1939 article that was published in The News Herald  sent to Mary Long (that is the only information noted in the republished article I have.)  This article was mentioned in an article published in The Gwinnett Citizen in October 2002 re: A Remarkable Trip In a T-Model Ford.  A relative of mine (Ralph Wages) was mentioned in this article, he & 2 other young men left Lawrenceville, GA and went to the World’s Fair in New York, visited some other places, traveling approximately 3,000 miles in 11 days.  He was killed in the Invasion of Sicily during World War II and I have a great picture of him in his army uniform that I would like to preserve for our family.  Thank you so much for any help you can give me as to locating this article.

Norma Knepp

I recently met a new pizza friend.  Frank Giaquinto’s grandfather had a pizzeria in Harlem starting in 1899.  Frank’s parents made pizza at the World’s Fair in 1939.  Frank does not use a computer by himself.  Do you know if there are any photos of the pizza that was made at the 1939 World’s Fair by the Giaquinto family?

Gail Hildreth

I am looking for information on this statue which was shipped from the World’s Fair in 1939 to a Mrs. Howard Morse. Thank you for any assistance you can provide.

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.

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

Lost on facebook: Many people have posted on the 1939 New York World’s Fair Community facebook page only to get lost on the left-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 do the rest.

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.

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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September 10, 2014: Where was this Statue at the Fair

This came from Gail Hildreth:Fair Statue now in Montana

I am looking for information on this statue which was shipped from the World’s Fair in 1939 to a Mrs. Howard Morse.

Thank you for any assistance you can provide.

If you can help with any information, contact me, I will pass it along to Gail

Thank you to all.

Paul

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Queens Botanical Garden Final Event of the Season

 

From Ashes to Flowers: Designing a World’s Fair Garden

Queens_Botanical_GardenSunday, September 28, 2:30pm

Join us for a deeper look into QBG’s origins at the 1939 World’s Fair with Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky (former QBG staff member), the leading expert on this topic and Executive Director of the New Haven Museum.

Fee: Free with Garden Admission; registration required – email rforlenza@queensbotanical.org.

More details can be found on our Queens Botanical Garden website.

 

The Queens Botanica Garden is located at:

43-50 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355
Phone: (718) 866-3800

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September 1, 2014: World’s Fair Newsletter

Welcome to the Fair

Several months ago I re-coded the World’s Fair website and in doing so it no longer worked properly in IE8. I have changed the code on all 1,100 pages so those of you who may still use IE8 should be able to view the pages without problem.

If you find a page that doesn’t work, please let me know.

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.

I have also made some changes to the Newsletter, so again, if you have any problems or suggestions please contact me. … thanks.

New on the site

Heinz – 70 Years of Good Eating – History of Heinz booklet

” All Gas – Good Housekeeping Home” was erected in the court of the Gas Exhibits building at the New York World’s Fair 1939. Designed by Dwight James Baum, the house featured gas equipment and contained ten rooms and three baths. It was completely furnished by Good Housekeeping Institute, and full cost particulars were supplied to visitors. Cost of the house itself in the suburban New York area was estimated at $12,000.

The FHA House or $2,500 Housea new page with additional photos and an explanation for the project.

Gardens on Parade 1940 MapA new page showing the layout and various garden areas.

Last Day of the Fair Envelope – From Bob Bialo. This was the last day of service for the Railway Post Office car #4868 exhibit in the Transportation Zone, Railroads Exhibit.

New in the Giftshop

Artwork by Stephen FosterArtist Stephen Foster created this poster in the style of the 1939 NY World’s Fair for the 1939 NY World’s Fair website.

It is a digital print on high quality semi-gloss stock, suitable for framing. Measures 10.5” X 22 and is now available from Stephen via the WF website giftshop.

These posters are a wonderful way to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Fair

Quantities of these signed posters are VERY LIMITED … so get yours today.

Thank you.

A few new postcards have been added to the website for sale. All postcards are $6.00 and free shipping. (The new cards were donated by Cathy Scibelli) Here’s the list:

Gimbels – Children’s World
National Cash Register
14-ton Giant Underwood
Zoological Society
Frank Buck’s Jungleland
Excelsior
They’ll Do it Every Time by Matlo
Ripley’s – WILBER H. RODEN

 

Additional Items

Czechoslovakia – Truth Prevails 1939 plus the original sheet of stamps.
World’s Largest Store CounterThe Story Behind The World’s Largest Store Counter With Mammoth Display of Wrigley’s Gum. 12-page brochure.
Song Hits of the Gay Nineties – From George Jessell’s Old New York in the Amusement Zone
Heinz 57 – 1939 -Exhibit brochure
Heinz – 70 Years of Good Eating – History of Heinz booklet
Gardens on Parade – 1940 – 80-page booklet on the Horticultural Exhibition at the Fair
Famous Chicken Inn Menu – located in the Amusement Zone
General Motors Exhibit Building – Shows the location of each of GM’s exhibits

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-information ) If you have a question email me and I will add it to the list.

From: Bob
Do you have any info on band led by Larry Murphy performing at the World’s Fair.
Thank you.

From: Bruce Bening
Was there a set of American Folk art hand carved wood with leather seat chairs on display ? I have a chair that was part of a set that was supposedly on display at the 1939 World’s Fair.
I’ve been looking for display pictures of furniture to see if I could spot it. Unfortunately finding pictures has been just as hard.
Thanks for any help you can provide.

From: Len Davidson
I am restoring a 6′ diameter 1939 World’s Fair Bulova Neon Clock.

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

I 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 Work’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.

 Please see the August 18th blog post titled “Restoration Project –saving time” for photos and contact information.

From: Chad Galina

I recently acquired an original 1939 World’s Fair bench and I need info as to what the original colors were.  Were the metal sides painted or unfinished and if they were painted, what color were they?  Also what type of wood was used for the slats and were they stained, painted or unfinished? Any help is much appreciated.
Thanks.

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.

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.

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

Lost on facebook?: Many people have posted on the 1939 New York World’s Fair Community facebook page only to get lost on the left-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 do 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.

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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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.

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.

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.

facebook

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

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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. 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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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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