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Old 03-27-2016, 03:11 AM
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1939 NY World's Fair

When you consider there were no small studios, no factories offering tours, no TV, and no YouTube back then, it makes sense that this would be a big draw.
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How could anyone see over all those hats?
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Thanks Rich,
that's fun to see.

Do you know who invested the money & effort to build the hotshop?

The 1939 world's fair really had a lot of innovative and intriguing exhibits. Every year or two I happen across a post of some other great display from that event.

I find it encouraging that while the depression was still crushing it's way along, a lot of people found the optimism and resources to mount such a feat. And, a bright spot just ahead of the depths of WWII.

I haven't found any good photos of the Orrefors fountain, and if anyone does see something that shows some detail I'd be interested to see the accent pieces that were attached to the 'pillars'. I'm just supposing it must have been more impressive in person than the underwhelming photos I've seen.

The fair itself would sure have been something to see - especially before TV and the internet and handheld digital cameras.
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Brice, you'll love this. The demo runs from about 8:00 to 12:00. (I've gotta start wearing white shirts and ties. ) If you start around 6:30 you can see some introductory stuff, amusingly described in the second review. And give a nod of thanks to the photographer, who captured his reflection in a funhouse mirror 75 years ago.

https://archive.org/details/Medicusc1939_9

I love the entire first review, and this part of the lengthy second one:

"From there, we go to a Glass exhibit. Did not for the life of me see the sponsor of this huge building. We start by looking at some fun house mirrors! Ha ha! You can see the reflections of the cameraman! Hmm, I thought Medicos was the bespectacled one?? I dunno.. Anyways, we see some gizmos no doubt crucial to glass blowing, and then to a mural that displays, amazingly, that we need Glass everywhere! We then see some neat ship in bottle sort of creation. We see a young kid and what looks like a turbine motor in some glass. And then its off to the glass blowers! A number of people think this show is the cats pajamas. They design plenty of shaped glass. This whole thing runs on FAR too long for my tastes actually. Not too sure why he didnt spend copious amounts of time at the Glass Blowers Hall of Fame earlier on.. Anyways, from there we see people snaking through a line to see heaven knows what, we take a peek outside the glass exhibit, then BACK to the glass blowers! (sigh), By the way, the glass blowers are immaculately dressed!"

and:

"This was an ok reel, too much glass blowing lol. YOU TRY TO FIND ME A REVIEW THAT ENDS WITH TOO MUCH GLASS BLOWING! lol."

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Old 03-28-2016, 07:08 AM
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Loving this worlds fair video. I feel like I was born 80 years to late, would have loved to live in those times or before.
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That is pretty cool Rich! thanks for the link.

Those are some experienced gaffers - a demo with that intricate topped vase and double handle - and that foot-bit flattened and widened with just a paddle... smooth.

Also, a shot of the Orrefors fountain. After thinking about it, I guess they had to ship their entire collection from Sweden, so there's a limit on what type of pieces and what size could be used.

The bacon processing seemed to be a popular show...
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Old 03-28-2016, 09:42 AM
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I think the pavilion was sponsored by a few companies. In this photo you can see both Corning and Pittsburgh on the marquee.

http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/...re-id158330431
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Looks like the Toledo small studio model was conceived 23 years earlier....
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Old 03-28-2016, 02:41 PM
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I haven't found any good photos of the Orrefors fountain, and if anyone does see something that shows some detail I'd be interested to see the accent pieces that were attached to the 'pillars'.
These are probably the same crappy shots you've seen, but from what I can tell, it looks like they stuck a few fluted encalmo bowls on the pillars.

Frankly, I'm not crazy about that fountain, but think it's cool that it looks like it could have been 3D printed!
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How could anyone see over all those hats?
The floor is higher in the back and lower in the front. Much like theater seating.
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The floor is higher in the back and lower in the front. Much like theater seating.
So the floor is one giant circular ramp?
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So the floor is one giant circular ramp?

Yes it is. You can see it better in the video.
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An amazing film. Believe it or not I was at that fair, in a baby carriage. My mother told me that she took me there. I remember it clearly especially the glass blowing. I told myself then that I would do that someday.
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An amazing film. Believe it or not I was at that fair, in a baby carriage. My mother told me that she took me there. I remember it clearly especially the glass blowing. I told myself then that I would do that someday.
Ha ha ha
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1964 N.Y. World's Fair also had a glassblowing demo. It was sponsored and manned by Super Glass Co. who was located in Brooklyn for many years. They even brought in a few Greek glassbowers to man the demos. Super Glass was then owned by the Friedman family. One of the Greek vfeloows then later went on to open a glass factory in Cambridge, OH. I think it was called Quality Glass.
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I was just reading the Corning/ Carnegie Mellon review of 1959 glass and it's just astonishingly bad. Just terrible unimaginative work in clear with the exception of the italian work, much coming from the Toso family. They really so clearly demonstrated the intimacy they had with the material. No small wonder the '62 Toledo workshops were such a revelation.
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Pittsburgh Corning is one company, mostly glass for construction and industry.
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Tom, are you sure you don't mean Pilgrim Glass? (West Virginia Pavilion) I practically lived at the fair during its run, and this is the only glassblowing demo I recall.

http://www.worldsfaircommunity.org/t...-glass-blower/

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Under the overhang it says, "Ancient Glass Blowers." I'd happily pay to see them!
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