Tuesday, March 08, 2016
I am very happy to report that I have found my box of New York World's Fair slides - they'd been misplaced during a recent move. Now I have another 200 (or so) images to share... a few of them are pretty neat!
MEANWHILE... today's scans are kind of odd, and not the greatest pictures of the Fair. But any chance to visit it is welcome.
See what I mean? This one is funky, taken from the "United Nations North" bridge as it crossed the Grand Central Parkway, looking South-ish. The very large building on our left is the New York Pavilion. NYC was celebrating its 300th anniversary that year, and one of the attractions was a skating rink, with a show created by Olympic skater Dick Button. You remember him! (?)
If we could look to our right, we'd see the whole Transportation Zone, which included Ford's "Magic Skyway", General Motors "Futurama", The Chevrolet Pavilion, and much, much more.
This next one was taken from the Futurama building (still looking across the Grand Central Parkway); we get an OK look at the New York State pavilion, with its two observation towers, and the massive "Tent of Tomorrow", which still stands today, essentially in ruins. The dome in the lower right is part of the Alaska pavilion, while the Missouri pavilion is the square building to our left.
One of the things inside the Missouri building was this exact replica of Charles Lindberg's "Spirit of St. Louis". You know, the plane that Lindberg flew through the center of the Earth! This particular example was used in Jimmy Stewart's 1955 movie called (wait for it) "The Spirit of St. Louis".
This slide was in a glass mount, which explains those chromatic Newton's Rings that you can see here and there.
And, just because it's related, here's a beautiful shot looking up at the colorful plastic panels that adorned the roof of the aforementioned "Tent of Tomorrow". Pretty spectacular!