Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Peace Through Understanding

Today I have an arbitrary selection of images from the 1964 New York World's Fair.

The AMF Monorail couldn't compete with Disneyland's sleek version for sheer sexiness. It follows the more conventional arrangement, with the trains hanging from the rail rather than astride it. Nevertheless, it was still pretty cool, and I know I would have wanted to take a ride or two in order to enjoy the elevated views it provided!

There maybe have been some folks who remembered the 1958 Brussels World's Fair with fondness, and this Belgian village might have brought back some warm memories. Unfortunately there was no Atomium, but you could buy a big paper cup full of delicous, freshly-boiled brussel sprouts.

This is an unusual photo of the fair's "Bourbon Street" area, where you could catch all manner of musical acts. The center building even had some saucy ladies enticing you to join them over at Danceland. The architecture is amazing... If only Disneyland's "New Orleans Square" had managed to look this spectacular!!

I love this shot of an enthusiastic visitor, wearing his souvenir porkpie hat and gazing happily at... something. Probably the Bell System building seen here. He's got his camera for taking still photos, and that other case looks like it might hold a movie camera. In the background is the beautiful G.E. "Progressland" building (always a long line for that one), and the Tower of Light is just to the right of that. The Fountain of the Planets is in the middle of a performance, too.


Anonymous said...

The industrial sheds are quite something. I especially admire the op art print dresses, and...I... think... I've found Waldo.

Bill Cotter said...

Disney had originally tried to get one of their monorails into the fair, with plans to make it a permanent part of the post-fair park. I have scanned their proposal and a picture of the proposed station:


Happy reading!


Major Pepperidge said...

Thank you Bill... I am downloading the document right now, can't wait to read it!

Anonymous said...

Actually, everyone who went to the Fair remembers the Belgian Village fondly for one reason: Belgian Waffles!
Really. Ask anyone.

outsidetheberm said...

Great shots. And the extra goodies from Bill are very nice, indeed. Thank you both.

Katella Gate said...

Wow Bill, Thanks very much for sharing this monorail data.

Nancy said...

nice post....and thanks to Bill as well!

where can i get some of them there multicolored street lamps?? ;)

Anonymous said...

Ah, those lights; the ones that look like pieces of a Rubix cube. They ended up at the Orange County Fairgrounds in New York. That happens to be where I live, and I see those lights on an almost daily basis when driving by. :)