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This past summer, the Vinylmation Kingdom’s Custom Swaps held it’s third swap of 2014, themed after the 1964 World’s Fair. Unfortunately, due to the craziness that is the summer, there were only four entries that made it in. However, these four entires were very fun together, and made for a small but nice photo shoot last week when I visited Flushing Meadows in Queens, NY… site of the 1964 World’s Fair, and the place where Walt Disney made his mark and started the ball rolling on what became Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Let’s check out the shoot, which consisted of a version of a famous World’s Fair icon and three takes on characters from “it’s a small world”, which premiered at the 1964 World’s Fair.

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First up, we have Mike Whartenby’s Vinylmation World’s Fair Globe, custom mounted with a fountain.

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Next up is Melissa Rogers’ “it’s a small world” Walt Disney, taken off the designs of the Vinylmation Jr. “iasw” line.

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Next up is Bethany Gwyther’s beautiful take on a Dutch “it’s a small world” girl.

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Last up is my “cutie” take on a German “it’s a small world” girl.

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I love how all three “iasw” designs are different, but all invoke the spirit of the ride. Even though this was a small Custom Swap, I know I was proud to be a part of it, and really enjoyed visiting the site of the 1964 World’s Fair again, knowing that something that took place there 50 years ago ultimately inspired what I was doing there that day.

I would like to thank the artists who took part in this Custom Swap, and am looking forward to shooting the next one, Disney’s Winter Wonderland, in NYC and WDW this holiday season.

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