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Jerome Zerbe, best known as the society photographer at the zebra-striped El Morocco, took up residence as the “personal director” of the Brazilian pavilion’s restaurant. At his new locale he continued taking pictures of the “photograph-conscious whoop-de-do folks.” Zerbe defended the nightclub set: “Nightclubs are to cities just what country clubs are to the towns.”
The Brazilian restaurant remained open from noon until midnight on Sundays – a rarity on the grounds.
Forty-four Brazilian birds exhibited at that nation’s pavilion spent the winter in the Central Park and Barrett Park zoos. After a second year at Flushing Meadows, they took up permanent residence in their winter quarters.
The Brazilian restaurant defied the fair’s rule that only servers from the native country work in their establishment. Upon examination, a newsman discovered to Scandinavian young women, both residents of New York City, serving coffee during his repast.
Various exhibition hall are devoted to to showing the Brazilian government's efforts in furthering labor legislation, agriculture, and education. Displays of Brazilian's products such as cocoa, cotton, rubber vegetable oils, mate, and their most familiar - coffee, are a wondrous sight.
From the second floor, which is accessible via an exquisitely designed ramp, visitors view a beautiful tropical garden with an unusual collection of Brazilian plants including the "Victoria-regia" from the Amazon River.
Submitted by Danielle Nastari a researcher from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, are images from "Projeto Portinari."
The images "Jangadas do Norte" (Rafts from the North) and Cena Gaucha (Gaucho scene) are of two of the 3 panels of the painter inside the pavilion, the third was destroyed by a fire in 1958 and there is no colored image of it.
Cândido Portinari - Painter
Cândido Portinari was one of the most important Brazilian painters and also a prominent and influential practitioner of the neo-realism style in painting.
Born: December 29, 1903, Brodowski, São Paulo, Brazil
Died: February 6, 1962, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
For more information about Cândido Portinari, visit his Wikipedia Page.