Thursday, June 14, 2012
I've got four from the Fair today!
I love this first picture, with two women in traditional Japanese costumes; it's possible that they were visitors who just wanted to proudly represent their country, but the fact that the two kimonos are exact matches makes me assume that they probably worked at the Pavilion of Japan.
Over at the Illinois pavilion, you would see this bronze statue of "Abraham Lincoln: On the Prairie" by Anna Hyatt Huntington. The artist clearly depicted Abe wearily returning home from a day of hunting vampires. Of course, inside the pavilion was Walt Disney's "Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln". Maybe you've heard of it!
Here is the architecturally striking building for the "Festival of Gas" pavilion, sponsored by the gas industry. In addition to a carousel, there were puppet shows, a Fun House, a magic show, a "Garden of Giants", and a popular (and huge) restaurant.
One of the shows that you would see at the Dupont Pavilion demonstrated the magic of chemistry. Flowers and rubber balls would shatter after being dipped in freon; a large beaker full of clear liquid turns blue when shaken, and then gradually turns clear again - only to turn blue with more shaking; conductive paint is used to create a "wire" between a tape recorder and a speaker (you can see the recorder and speaker in the background); you'll see the creation of "instant nylon"; and much much more!