Friday, April 1, 2016

The Fair in full color


From Gothamist:

This 25-minute film features stunning footage in full color from the 1939-40 World's Fair. The footage was taken from some of the remaining attendees of the Fair, and one man explains he was 24 years old when he finally went on the final day. "I don't know what possessed me, but I decided to buy 400-feet of 16mm color, and color had just come out. I walked my feet off taking pictures.

Happy Friday.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

The title of this article should be "the days before flushing turned in shit"! I miss the old nyc before it was over run by these good for nothing third worlders!

Anonymous said...

From the great Corona ash dump to this, then back to a dump!
FMCP is a dump. And Flooshing? In the spirit of Bette Davis, "WHAT A DUMP"!

Anonymous said...

SHAME ON THIS CITY FOR TEARING IT DOWN!! IT COULD'VE BEEN A MINI-THEME PARK FOR THE AREA. NOW IT'S A CONCRETE OASIS OF A DUMP.

Anonymous said...

People were sharp dressers back then. What happened?

CJ said...

What a great contribution to New York City history. My mother was one of those who attended. Loved it!

Anonymous said...

>People were sharp dressers back then. What happened?

Jeans and t-shirts happened.

Anonymous said...

One word: superb..

Anonymous said...

""People were sharp dressers back then. What happened"

Forced 3rd world immigration & intergration at gunpoint by Lyndon Johnsons pen
Walk through any airport and the view is shocking, all filthy slobs. I will no longer fly because the risk of TB and other airborn 3rd world desease is to high in the passenger cabins recycled air!!

Camel bladder said...

Thanks for posting this. It was truly enjoyable to watch this.

Anonymous said...

Yes, people were sharp, but most of all they had class. Having a fair in that park at this point in time would only serve to attract seedy undesirables that would leave the park in shambles with their dirty, third-world habits.

Anonymous said...

What a great film! My father, who turns 90 on Sunday, tells great stories about the 39 Fair. There was the BF Goodrich exhibit where visitors could watch a steel belted tire being manufactured. He has one of those Heinz pickle pins.

JQ LLC said...

"I will no longer fly because the risk of TB and other airborn 3rd world desease is to high in the passenger cabins recycled air!!"

The zika virus might be more contagious than our city officials projected

Better buy a lot of OFF this summer. Unless it will be cool one, as the extreme effects of climate change are manifesting daily.

Anonymous said...

Wow the Aquacade had seating for 10,000 people and the city let it get demolished. The pool was a great place to swim. Look what we have in it's place, a promenade with a few benches so you can sit by the polluted lake and a food concession stand the has never opened.It would have been nice if the Trylon and Sphere were saved as they were the symbols of the 39 fair.

Anonymous said...

I believe the Trylon sections and underground home is still in FMCP buried and likley preserved in the ash. So are the concrete Monorail footings.
All were to expensive and hard to remove.

Carol Blum said...

My father was an HVAC engineer. He did the air conditioning for several of the pavilions. One day, while he was there with a colleague, the man called him by his last name, which was an unusual one. Some one nearby turned around and asked him if he was related to Harold. (my father's older brother). When he said yes, the man told him he had gone to college with Harold. The man was at the Fair involved with the Cuban Pavilion. He invited my father to join him for a drink at the Cuban Pavilion. My father didn't drink much, at most one drink at a party. But this man kept having him sample all the different rums. Not good. My father managed to get home. At that time he and my mother lived with my mother's parents. My grandmother believed that getting drunk was a terrible thing. My father walked in the door, said, "Hello Ethel" to my grandmother and went straight upstairs. My mother, realizing what was up, went right up after him. Grandma was none the wiser. Crisis averted.

Anonymous said...

The title of this article should be "the days before flushing turned in shit"!
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All of NYC, really. I moved away from NYC a year ago now, and looking back, the one thing that sticks out in my mind is just how BAD it all looked. Much worse than i remember it looking. Stockholm Syndrome, i guess? I mean, all of the city just looks so, well, warn out. Its all just had too much mileage, and has too many people in it.