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Ponderings

Perisphere Ponderings

by David J. Cope

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Perisphere Ponderings

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Belgium

The Belgium pavilion's colonial section drew undue attention from fairgoers. Present German, Italian and Japanese foreign policy tilted toward colonial expansion, searching for new markets and especially raw materials. Count Robert van der Straten Ponthos, Belgian Ambassador to the United States professed: “We maintain the open-door policy and all nations may buy and sell in the Belgian Congo on an equal footing with the mother country.”

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Brazil

Patrons at the Brazilian pavilion's restaurant took special note of “a striking woman wearing a tight turban and brightly flowered dinner dress” who left her table to perform an intricate Samba on the dance floor. This intriguing ingénue? – Carmen Miranda.

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Foreign Pavilions

In his end-of-the-season review of "The World of Tomorrow," national columnist Earl Wilson noted: "Unquestionably, the Foreign Area, the Fair's greatest triumph, sprang from Grover Whalen's selling genius." However, this accomplishment did not come easily. Almost simultaneous events in the United States and Europe in late 1936 melded together to formulate the international exhibits in the Government Zone.

Read: Foreign Pavilions Link button

Trylon Tidbits

Trylon Tidbits

Small pieces of news and interesting information compiled by David J. Cope.


New Tidbits for July


New on the Web

Deck of NY World's Fair Playing Cards made by Tiffany & Co.

I found this deck of NY World's Fair Playing Cards made by Tiffany & Co. on the web. Checking on ebay, these cards are for sale anywhere from $200 to $1,000, depending on their condition.

A slightly larger image can be found on the Playing Card page.


Westinghouse Fair News
Westinghouse Fair World

The 1939 Westinghouse Fair World Newspaper covering both the New York World's Fair and the San Francisco Expo is now available to read as both a web page and a downloadable PDF file.


Philip A. Medicus films
Reel 3 - Part 1

Philip Medicus filmed the Fair in color on Kodachrome. These films can be found on YouTube and on the Internet Archives. There are a total of 17 of the Medicus films which I will add to both my YouTube channel and here on the World's Fair Website.

Presented here is the fourth of the seventeen, Reel 3 - Part 1.

The silent film has a run-time of approximately of 18:25 minutes

Below the movie is a list of the attractions and their approximate time location.



Time   Subject
0:00
0:18
0:29
1:06
2:00
2:18
2:25
2:35
2:46
3:08
3:17
4:06
6:02
7:52
8:11
8:36
8:57
9:34
10:14
11:38
12:00
12:03
13:33
14:04
14:34
16:13
16:48
17:19
17:28
17:34
18:05
18:19
18:25
  Titles
WF Flag
Administration
Whalen
Flags - T&P
Nun
People entering
People Walking - feet
People at the Home Building Cntr.
T & P - street shot
View from the Perisphere
Along Constitution Mall
T & P
Trackless Train
Medicine & Health
Plaza of Light
City of Light - Con ED
Inside - diarama
Outside water falls on building - people
Inside looking out
US Steel - Plaza
GE & Lighting Show
DuPont
Westinghouse
Westinghouse - inside
Time Capsule
Petroleum
Equitible Life
Elgin
Carrier
Looking Out
Ave of Labor - title
Plastics - END

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