The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Fair: Building a Better Tomorrow #8





The National Cash Register Pavilion. Although it's not very visible in either picture (though a little more in the second), the register's numbers at the top kept a running tally of visitors to the Fair.

12 comments :

Robert Fiore said...

You know a nation by its monuments . . .

Robert Fiore said...

It's like Bruce McCall had unlimited funds and a time machine.

Sleestak said...

Where's Batman?

trashsparkle said...

That's a real beauty. Where was it?

Greg said...

trashsparkle, here's the basic info. It was in the Amusement Zone. It was the world's largest functioning register (although I can't imagine there was a non-functioning one larger) and was designed by Walter Dorwin Teague with Harry Heybeck. The numbers were 2 1/2 feet high and the register itself was 74 feet high. Also, it revolved because, why not?

In 1964 they had another cash register pavilion that was just that, a pavilion. Boooooring.

carmengia said...

Yeah but which World's Fair was it?

Greg said...

It was the 1939 New York World's Fair. It's themes were "The Dawn of a New Day" and "The World of Tomorrow" hence the series name, "Building a Better Tomorrow."

Peter Nellhaus said...

Not as literal as what you have posted, but here'sa famous building in Denver.

Greg said...

And of course that should be "its" not "it's."

Fred said...

I'm guessing this beat out the Giant Abacus and the Pavilion of Double Entry Bookeeping.

Greg said...

You should've seen the General Ledger Exhibit. One word: Wow.

Kenmeer livermaile said...

Now that's what I call a monument to Mammon.