Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Over many months, I have scanned lots of slides from the New York World's Fair. And I'd post some on occasion; but man, it sure seems like I have a lot of photos taken from the wonderful Belgian Village - the largest pavilion at the Fair. I kept not posting those, until I had a backlog. So this is what is known as an "image dump". 10 photos for the price of one!
Crowds of New Yorkers in somber grays and blacks mill about, taking in the amazingly detailed faux medieval buildings. No wonder so many pictures were taken there - I'm sure this could easily fool the average person if you told them that this really was Belgium.
Cobblestone streets and everything! My taste leans more toward the "World of Tomorrow" stuff, but I'm sure I would have enjoyed this if I had seen it in person.
Each building was actually constructed from Belgian waffles. A fun fact! (Babushka alert).
Now there's a costume that makes a statement! I found that they were listed as the "Gille Dancers"; "Four times each day gaudily dressed clowns wearing wooden shoes, ostrich feather headdresses and bells dance through the streets, accompanied by drums and brass instruments. The Gilles hark back to 1540, when Belgium was ruled by Spain, and the conquistador's triumph over Peruvian Indians was celebrated at Mardi Gras". Now you know!
That guy in white (smoking the cigarette) looks trés European. In the distance, the Goodrich Blimp! (I know, I know…)
I wonder if you could go inside all of the buildings? There's a bunch of them.
They would never recreate those winding, uneven streets these days. Notice the realistic patches to the façade of that one building… the "new" bits contrasting with the rest, stained with centuries of soot.
Yay, a carousel, dating back to 1898. That's old!
… and one more. I wish I could say that today's post used up all of my Belgian Village photos, but I can't. There are plenty more. Maybe I'll just skip them.
I hope you have enjoyed your visit to the Belgian Village at the New York World's Fair!