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Perisphere Ponderings

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The Cycle of Production: The Architectural Forum deemed “unquestionably the most impressive display at the fair,”exemplified Henry Ford's dictate for instructive exhibits, but, in a most innovative and entertaining manner.

The Road of Tomorrow: The half-mile, spiral road of reinforced concrete and paved with non-skid Monocork, passed through a portion of the pavilion and then encircled the exterior garden and provided riders with the highest view of the fairgrounds from any pavilion.

The Novachord: Hammond Organ's first electronic tube based instrument. Employing 168 vacuum tubes and circuit ideas borrowed from ENIAC, the world's first computer, the novachord resembled an organ with keyboards rotary knobs.

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General Motors

One had to wonder when General Motors selected Norman Bel Geddes to create their exhibit for “The World of Tomorrow.” He had been tossed out of high school for drawing caricatures of his superintendent on the blackboard. And ... he was now regarded as a premier industrial and stage set designer, Bel Geddes might not have been everyone's first choice. Thankfully the exposition gods on high blessed this unusual choice.

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Rathbones & the Parachute Jump

New York radio station WOR was broadcasting live from the veranda of Washington Hall in the Amusement Zone late in the evening of July 12. A commotion around the nearby Parachute Jump caught the broadcaster's eye and from a little past 11:30 P.M. until 4:45 A.M. the next morning, he narrated the thrilling adventure of two of New York's most prominent socialites.

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Trylon Tidbits

Trylon Tidbits

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

New Tidbits for June

New on the Web

Railroads on Parade Book

Railroads on Parade - Book of the Pageant Link button: The 20-page book is available for reading on-line.

Railroads on Parade records the magnificent progress of rail transport in America for the past 110 years. It begins with the first efforts of men who, inspired with bold vision and foresight, worked to achieve and it leads to a glowing picture of railroad operation in the United States of 1939.

Maine Booklet

Maine - the Place to Live, Work and Play Link button

The 28-page Booklet about the state of Maine which was given out at the Maine exhibit in the Court of States, is available to read on-line.

Philip A. Medicus films
Reel 2 - Part 3

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 fifth of the seventeen, Reel 2 - Part 3.

The silent film has a run-time of approximately of 17:41 minutes

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

Time    Subject
   Wild West Rodeo
Cuban Village
Glenn Gray - band & Jitterbug
Washington Hall
Metero Speedway
Cyclone ride
Shoot the Works
Aerial Joy Ride
Piel's Rondevoo
Great White Way
Heinekin - Zider Zee
Fountain Lake
Amusement Zone at Night
American Museum of Natural History
Gang Busters
Strange as it Seems
Admiral Byrd's Penguin Island
Living Magazines
Glass Blowers
Temple of Knowledge
Nature's Mistakes
Nite water show & Fireworks

People Seeking Information:

From: David Matlow

“I am looking for any material from the Jewish Palestine Pavilion at the 1939 World's Fair. I know that there are pieces out there that I do not have, and am looking to augment my collection.”

Please contact me if you have something that you believe would be of interest to David. I will put the two of you in contact with each other.

From: Kathy Cooke

My grandfather was involved in the Florida display at the 1939 Worlds Fair. Afterward, he obtained some rattan furniture that was in the display. I now have the furniture and am looking for evidence that it was in the exhibit.

The cushions are removable and are not original. I have the sofa, 2 chairs, 2 end tables and the rounded sofa table which I believe came from the fair. Also a photo of markings on the bottom of the end table.

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Please contact me if you know anything about the furniture and I will inform Kathy.

View the current list of questions. If you have a question email me Link button and I will add it to the list.


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