March 1, 2015: 1939 World’s Fair Newsletter

 Welcome to the Fair

Sarah Smith sent the following to me:
Do you happen to know of anyone that has a collection of 1939 New York World’s Fair memorabilia that might be interested in displaying them in an exhibit and talking about the Fair?

I am working on coming up with ideas for the Steamtown National Historic Site Railfest event this year which will be focusing on the 1930s and 40s. We have brochures in our collection because the trains left from here to go to the fair, but we don’t have any memorabilia.

You can contact Sarah at: sarah_smith@nps.gov
Last year’s RailFest, in Scranton, PA was held in August.

I thank everyone who has posted on the 1939 New York World’s Fair facebook page, but especially Jean Kweskin-Siegel who seems to keep coming up with a plethora of material … thanks Jean

New on the Website

Seeing the World's FairSeeing the New York World’s Fair by Elsie-Jean and Illustrated by Raymond Bishop. A Magic World for Boys and Girls. A 64-page hardcover book about Patsy and Peter’s visit to the Fair.

The book is too long to put on the site, but I thought the 22-illustratons might be interesting to look at.

View all of the wonderful illustrations by Raymond Bishop.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
The book was donated to me by Cathy Scibelli of Long IceLand, NY (renamed for all the snow and cold temperatures they’ve had this year).

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.

Jessica Mjelde wrote:
I’m trying to find a photograph of my father in law, Clarence Whitefield, which appeared in the New York Times. He was in a group of students with the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The students each had a jar of dirt from their home state and the photo shows them pouring it at what he seems to think is a ground breaking ceremony.

If you have any idea as to WHEN this might have happened, it would greatly reduce the number of newspapers I have to look through.

If you can help Jessica, contact me and I will send you her email.
thank you.

Collectors Postcards

24 Collector’s Postcards are available in two sets. 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 stay 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.

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

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February 1, 2015: 1939 World’s Fair Newsletter

Welcome to the Fair

The good news for many is that Winter is one-third over and Spring is getting closer.

Be sure to view the photo album from the great-grandchildren of Jesse Weiler.

For those of you who view the 39 WF Blog, there’s been some changes. I’ve updated the theme and it’s now responsive. That means it will properly adjust to fit smart phones and tablets. I’m learning to work with WordPress and the pages aren’t quite finished, but they should work. If you have any problems viewing them, please let me know.

Some information I received from Monte.
RE: RCA in the Communications Zone

The Electric Boat Company’s prototype of the Elco 53′ (in 1940 six 57 foot yachts were built) was used in the pool. RCA showed ship-to-shore radio for the first time aboard the Elco. As you know, the World’s Fair ended early because of the situation in Europe.

The Elco was moved to the Brooklyn Navy Yard to be transported back to Elco in New Jersey. Howard Johnson (the restauranteur) saw the boat at the show and purchased the 57′ version of the boat before it hit the water. He had it motored up to Boston, renamed it the DO-HO (after Dorothy his wife and Howard) and then, he had it brought down to Florida. During WW2, the DO-HO was converted into a patrol boat (a deck gun was added). It, and other yachts patrolled the lower New England harbors (more as a show for the nervous locals).

In 1941, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Elco began to build P.T. Boats for the U.S. Navy. The most famous of the Elco P.T. Boats that was built and saw action in the South Pacific during WWII was the Elco Patrol Torpedo Boat number “P.T. 109” commanded by Lieutenant JG John Fitzgerald Kennedy who later became the 35th President of the United States.

After the war it was restored into being a yacht. It is now owned by Shannon Yachts of Bristol, Rhode Island who are restoring the boat to its original glory.

Seeing the World's FairMy dear friend Cathy Scibelli just sent me a copy of “Seeing the New York World’s Fair” – A Magic World for Boys and Girls – written by Elsie – Jean and illustrated by Raymond Bishop.

I hope to have the book on the website in the coming months. I’ll let you know when it is.

Thank you Cathy.

It would be wonderful if those of you who have brochures and flyers from the Fair could either scan them and send me an electronic copy or loan me the item so I can scan them and add them to the site. Of course, they would be returned to you after scanning.

The only way for many people today and in the future to be able to see the printed material from the Fair is on the Internet. When these items are on display in a museum the public can usually only see the cover, they never get to see the wealth of information inside. Having them available on the website is a great resourse for those who are interested and helps ensure the information will be available for future generations.

New on the Website

From the great-grandchildren of Railroad Engineer and Fireman Jesse Weiler comes a World’s Fair album containing 29 photos. It’s amazing that after 75-years that the leather cover is in almost perfect condition. You can find the album is in the Misc. section under “More Fair Photo.” Here’s a direct link to the album: http://www.1939nyworldsfair.com/worlds_fair/wf_tour/misc/misc.htm

 In case you missed these last month:

The letter from Nils T. Granlund to an Akron, Ohio dancer, offering her a job as a scantily clad Sun Worshipers.

I’m sure you are familiar with the Phillip A. Medicus, Wathen, and other films that are available at the Internet Archives. If not, then you should take a look at the films available. For anyone using the films for research you know that finding a particular scene can be labor intensive. With that in mind, I have created a “Time Index” for the Medicus, Wathen, and a few other films. The index is available in the Misc section of the World’s Fair site. There are a few areas that I wasn’t certain about, so if you can help out with that or if you anything that needs correcting, please let me know.

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.

Patti Chase
My mother worked there with gyroscopes. There was a winning crochet pattern that she made several items.  She taught me the pattern when I was very young.  I do not remember the pattern. IS it possible to get that pattern?  I would love to have it and pass it down to my granddaughter.

George Froehlich
glass ballI have glass knob that was made for my grandfather at the fair and wanted to know who might have made it. It is being used as a stick shift knob and would like to know more information about it as I pass it down.

Gordon HaywardPeter Hayward
I have a photo in the form of a postcard of my uncle and his wife & 3 unidentified people that was taken at the 1940 New York World’s fair.  It was obviously taken on a stage set complete with a wagon and fake horse.  One of the people is on the horse & the rest are in the wagon.  I have two questions:  (1) have you ever seen a photograph from the fair of this type? (2) do you have any idea on where it could have been taken at the fair?

Collectors Postcards

24 Collector’s Postcards are available in two sets. 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.

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.

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

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