Thursday, August 23, 2012
Today's visit to the '64 New York World's Fair starts with this wonderful photo of three happy kids posing with the Pool of Industry behind them (with the Fountain of the Planets filling the air with a mist of water). The two girls look very ladylike with their nice outfits and purses. The boy is armed with a Kodak "brownie" camera, I wonder if he still has those photos 48 years later?
We're looking down the "Avenue of the Americas", one of the "spokes" radiating from the giant Unisphere in the distance. There's the Masonic Center to our right... I hope you are wearing your fez, apron, and lodge pin, and that you know the secret password. The columns to our left are part of the Protestant Orthodox Center, while the red-painted wall beyond that is part of the Denmark pavilion.
Why drink a cola when you can drink the "un-cola"? Back in 1964, 7-Up's slogan was the clunky, "Get Real Action... 7-Up Your Thirst Away". They should have asked Don Draper to come up with a better campaign. The 7-Up Sandwich Garden .... serves up, buffet style, the food specialties of 16 countries, plus all the 7-Up a customer can drink. Some of the sandwiches included "Sliced lamb on Scotch barley bread", "Lomi-Lomi salmon on Aloha coconut bread", and "Chicken ginger coconut on cinnamon swirl bread". Sounds delish!
One of the few structures that remains standing today, the New York State pavilion had two towers that provided spectacular bird's-eye views of the Fair. In addition, there was this "tent of tomorrow", with the world's largest suspension roof (bigger than a football field) that consisted of translucent colored panels. On the floor beneath this colorful roof was a huge terrazzo map of the state of New York.
Unfortunately, the structure has fallen into terrible disrepair; what remains of the terrazzo map is probably beyond saving, and the colored panels have long since fallen, leaving the "tent" roofless.