These pictures are of the scale model of New York City (although I missed Staten Island in these shots!) The scale is 1 inch equals 100 feet and the model covers over 9000 square feet. It was built for the 1964 World's Fair in Queens. For 10 cents you could take a faux helicopter ride over the city in one of the most popular attractions at the fair.
The city has changed a lot in 50 years and the model has been updated a few times though not recently. (Couldn't they put some trees in Central Park???) It's worth a visit!
This tree is in my general neighborhood at the plastic surgery office but I just noticed it today. I thought it odd that I wouldn't have noticed a Christmas tree surrounded by ornamental cabbages! But then I noticed that actual ornaments on the tree...right there out in the open...and decided it must have just been decorated.
Friday was a good day for a trip to the site of the World's Fairs of 1939 & 1964 - 1965. This Unisphere was from the 1960's Fair. I've taken pictures of it before but without leaves on the trees there are more angles visible.
The second photo is my Unisphere self portrait.
This area (known by the unfortunate name of Flushing, Queens) is also now home to the Mets at Citifield Stadium and the US Open. Only a few buildings from the Fair are still there and fewer still are in use.
This is the Blue Christmas at the Blue Water Grill. You can just barely see the blue lights in the first picture. The trees were brought in for the holiday and my first thought was to wonder how much it set them back to buy those huge trees!!!
This shows the little tag I made for the holiday cookies that were delivered to 16 of the company's regular clients. The rotary beater probably doesn't make a lot of sense out of context but I should have taken a picture of the greeting card that is in the white envelope attached to the cookies. It showed a mouse using that same style rotary beater. S/he was mixing up a bowl of something. The caption was "maybe there was a creature stirring after all"!
The amazing thing was that the boss bought the cards because they were a food related theme...and I already had the rubberstamp of the rotary beater. I not only had it in my collection but I had brought it in to the office!
Best holiday wishes to all you creatures stirring in the night!
We made it past the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year. Well, that's the shortest daylight of the year because, obviously, every day has 24 hours! As my dad always says, "It's all downhill from here."
On Sundays during the holiday season, vintage subway trains run about 5 times a day on one subway line. We took a ride and soaked in the old time feel. The first car we rode in was said to be the 1936 - 1946 version and the second car was earlier.
It was fun to see the faces of unsuspecting passengers waiting at the train stops. They were not sure if they were in a time warp.
The seats were interesting but the layout was the same as some of the trains today.
Vintage advertising was fun!
Guys...if you're looking for a date...wear a hat!!!
This shot doesn't give you a vintage feel.
But these fans are definitely not used in today's trains.
Here is a time warp rider.
No smoking, spitting or littering...some things never change!
From the outside.
Oh, and Superman was there. He's vintage, right?
Here are the hand holdy things in the 1936 - 1946 car.
And here are the hand holdy things in the older car...complete with an unprotected lightbulb! This car was quite dark even with the lightbulbs throughout. They couldn't really read on the way to work.
This dummy kept winking at me!
Some things never change!
Goodbye Holiday Train...hope to see you next year!
So these snowpeople hidden behind the reflections in the window apparently are male snowpeople. You can tell by the mustaches. On the other hand, those mustaches look fake...maybe they are female snowpeople in disguise.
They, perhaps, shouldn't stand so close to the radiator in the foreground of the photo!