Friday, March 16, 2012

More NYWF, May 1964

Oh yeah, it's more from the New York World's Fair!

Walking around the huge fairgrounds all day makes you hungry and thirsty; let's go to the Schaefer Center and grab a brewski! The building is notable for its use of plastics. The roof was made of air-filled "floating plastic" discs attached to transparent plexiglass walls. The whole structure was so lightweight that steel columns were used to anchor the building to the ground rather than support it! In the first year over 2,250,000 glasses of beer were served here.

Here's a neat shot from the Chrysler pavilion; to our left is the world's largest car, to the right is Chrysler's "Show-Go-Round" building, where you could watch Bil Baird's puppet show. And of course we can't ignore the US Royal Tires Ferris Wheel.

The funny thing about big cities is that there are millions of people around, and yet you can feel so alone. This poor guy is experiencing that right now! I think it's pretty amazing that the gigantic Unisphere was the hub of the Fair, and somehow there's practically nobody else around on this beautiful sunny day.

Night shots of the Fair are pretty scarce, so I thought I would share this one. I think (but am not sure) it was taken from near the train station, possibly taken just as our photographer was about to head for home. Love those street lights!


TokyoMagic! said...

Looks like there were a lot of people on the observation deck of the New York State pavilion.

I would love to go to Flushing Meadows today and see the Unisphere and the other remnants from this fair. Someday!

Nancy said...

beautiful! Something I have never noticed before is that configuration in photo #1 in the left rear, behind that mod street a PA system maybe, or some part of another building we cant see hidden behind the Schaefer Center? hmmm

at any rate, these are so bright and colorful, sunshine is such a wonderful thing. "be like the flower, turn your face to the sun" is my new motto!!

bloefeld said...

I love these World's Fair photos, Major. I grew up drinking Schaefer beer. The beer that tastes like nothing! I'm pretty sure that was their slogan. How fitting that they had a building as light as their beer!

Hannahx2 said...

That night shot is gorgeous!

The Viewliner Limited said...

Major, I just love this fair. Great pics. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Tokyo-Magic: You would not beleive the horrible, decrepit condition of the New York State pavillion towers.
bloefeld: I just bought a 12-pack of Schaefer yesterday. No kidding!

Dennis- Levittown N.Y.