Friday, October 23, 2009

3 More From The Fair, September 1964

Who likes photos of the 1964 New York World's Fair? Cool people, that's who.

Here's a great picture of the Tower of the Four Winds, out in front of Pepsi/Unicef's "It's a Small World". It's like a crazy, gigantic eggbeater, with propellers and pinwheels and whirligigs and gigglywhirls. It looks pretty cool, you have to admit! I thought I had heard that a scale model of it was going to be built for the Walt Disney Family Museum, but if so, it hasn't shown up in any of the photos that I've seen.


I guess you had to pay for each ride individually at the Fair (?); or did you buy a pass? Because if I could, I'd probably ride that Skyway back and forth to give my aching feet a rest, and to enjoy the fantastic view, gliding over it all.


You can still see these two towers over at the New York State pavilion, although they are dilapidated and haunted by pirate ghosts. You'd think that somebody in Queens could find a cool use for these unique, historic buildings. When I win the Lottery (any day now, I can feel it!), I am going to buy the pavilion, restore it, and make it my swingin' love nest. "Clothing optional" of course!


*I'm happy to report that I managed to avoid being selected for a jury yesterday!

13 comments:

Chiana_Chat said...

First off congrats at getting off the jury selection, lucky!

Never seen a lot of the things in these. The last is a wonderful view. Looks like a neat Chinese temple (?) in the middle pic. Luck on that love nest. ;)

Viewliner Ltd. said...

A great photo of the Tower of the Four Winds. Unfortunately, another Disney / Crump masterpiece no longer around. Great pics. Thanks.

Matterhorn1959 said...

Fantastic picture of Rolly's lost masterpiece!

The Great Kazoo said...

The New York Pavilion is already a clothing optional love nest--FOR PIRATE GHOSTS!!!

Anonymous said...

I can hear it now....

Lawyer: "So, you have a blog called Gorillas Don't Blog but it's not about gorillas?

You: "Yes."

Lawyer: "You are excused."

Jim said...

"his boy Elroy, daughter Judy, Jane...his wife." (cue chopsticks)

Matt said...

My favorite part of the fair is the Tower, wish I had gotten to see it live and in person, but I was barely crawling back then...

Nancy said...

beauties today....and you are in rare form, as usual!!

im with Chiana Chat, many new things for me as well today. a gorgeous shot of the Skyway and a few of those cool street-lamps that i love there as well

the pretty Tower always reminds me of that very kinetic music they play on the DL dvd set about the World's Fair (of course, i cant remember the name and im too lazy to go get the cd set to find it :(


it still makes me chuckle when i realize that back in the day we always went out in our Sunday best, no matter what the occasion! love those white tights and knee socks...

pixiegirltink said...

Great shot of the tower! Too bad that was dismantled. Here's a great web site with pictures of the fair ruins ~
http://www.modern-ruins.com/fair/index.html

Regarding that scale model, I saw one, about 5' tall (or so) at the Contemporary Resort at WDW. Don't know it it's still there, but it sure was a beauty, and a delight to see right near Mary Blair's mural...

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