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Admission just 25 cents. Patrons got to see "Little Egypt" – Fan & Bubble dancing, a musical revue, and Stella. According to the third edition of the guidebook: "Have you seen Stella?" was a laugh-provoking greeting at the Panama Pacific Exposition of 1915 in San Francisco It referred to a fantastic painting of a woman who seemed to be alive. More recently Fairs have publicized names still fresh in the mind of the public.


Crystal Palace in the Amusement Zone at the 1939 New York World's Fair
Crystal Palace - photo 047
Trylon Tidbits

Trylon Tidbits for the Crystal Palace

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

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"Fair Warning"
In the World of Tomorrow
The ladies must borrow
Brassieres Or the dears
Will be jailed, to their sorrow.

H. J. Phillips

 

  • In an attempt to control the controversy over the nude shows, the fair's license commissioner issued an order that all "dancers" should wear brassieres. When the patrons stopped attending his show, Norman Bel Geddes defied the order and told his "Crystal Lassies" to discard their underwear. He declared no matter how thin the brassieres, they still were "vulgar."
  • Diamond Lil, one of Rosita Royce's doves, laid an egg just prior to the exotic dancer's entrance. Rosita signed the egg and presented it to "Miss Reform" who protested against nudity at the fair.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Grover Whalen, and parents of a teenage boy, visited Norman Bel Geddes' Crystal Palace during the height of the nudity-at-the-fair hoopla. Mrs. Whalen commented: "I think the show's fine. What's wrong with it?"
  • The barker at The Crystal Palace imitated the well- known vocalizations of FDR: "My friends. I may not be here in 1940, but Rosita (Royce) and her doves will."
  • One wag suggested The Crystal Palace post as its slogan "Good to the Last Drape" as it stood opposite the Maxwell House Coffee exhibit.
  • Two female patrons hurriedly left The Crystal Palace after discovering this was not where the glass blowers performed.
  • Stella, a striper at The Crystal Palace, became enthralled with a copy boy who howled like a coyote form the press building every evening. She allowed him to escort her home after a night's work.
  • Vilma Jozsy, and eccentric dancer at The Crystal Palace, searched for her missing brother, thirteen -year-old Edward, who disappeared when the Jozsy's lived on west Seventy-second Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.
  • Joan Nelson's irate parents threatened court action against the concession. The management took the minor, who portrayed "Stella" in a lacy loincloth, out of their show immediately. Miss Nelson took over a position at the cashier's box.
  • A woman accosted patrons at The Crystal Palace and informed them a more attractive young lady, "The Nymph of Spring," awaited them in nothing but a gold necklace and bracelet. The paid stooge, actress Elsie McKie, told gullible fairgoers to look for Number 59 in the Masterpieces of Art exhibit.
Crystal Palace in the Amusement Zone at the 1939 New York World's Fair
Color photo pf the Crystal Palace captured
from the Medicus film
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