Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Random New York World's Fair

It's time to go back to the New York World's Fair!

Located near the impressive Eastman Kodak pavilion was the "Garden of Meditation". The Fair was an amazing place, but I'm sure that this oasis of green grass and trees provided a welcome respite from crowded sidewalks and crazy architecture. Those stone markers along the edge of the walkway were probably similar to....

.... this stone plaque, with a quote from Francis Bacon. Not only did he invent the most delicious breakfast side, but he apparently wrote once in a while too. This quote is pretty good, but old Francis  should have mentioned that ice-cold Pepsi also provides great refreshment.

Here's an odd one: this "tree" was found in the "Hall of Free Enterprise". The "Tree of Economic Life"! According to the souvenir guidebook, "…A symbolic revolving tree standing 12 feet high is designed to demonstrate the factors of economic growth: the natural resources that man taps, the jobs at which he works, the tools he uses, and the goods he buys". "Visitors push a button and ask any of 120 questions on economics, and a machine prints the answers."  I have seen small cardboard table-top versions of this tree that were given out as souvenirs... and I wish I had one!

Guy Lombardo is synonymous with New Year's Eve, with his version of "Auld Lang Syne" (or at least he was before Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest). But he and his "Royal Canadians" performed at the Tiparillo Band Pavillion for the entire two years of the Fair, every night except Mondays. That's  Guy himself standing under the letter "G".


Nanook said...

Should a gentleman offer a Tiparillo to a lady-?

A question for the ages, to be sure.

K. Martinez said...

I love open green lawn spaces in parks. So cool and inviting.

The Guy Lombardo pic is great too!

Major Pepperidge said...

Nanook, oh man, I had forgotten about those ads! Usually with some scantily clad woman. Smoking makes everything better, everyone knows that.

K. Martinez, Guy Lombardo was the Justin Bieber of the 1960's!

Anonymous said...

@Nanook, boy do I remember that question.

Guy Lombardo was nothing like Justin Bieber.

Lombardo had talent.


210Frwy said...

Who wants a little cardboard cutout tree? I want the full size model for my living room.

Anonymous said...

I saw Guy Lombardo at the Fair! Thanks Major!

Nancy said...

So many more reasons to build that time machine... :-)