Wednesday, October 24, 2012
It's July 1965, and we're at the New York World's Fair! In this first photo we are over in the Amusement Zone, looking across Meadow Lake at the Florida pavilion. There's the amphitheater where you can watch the thrilling water ski show (the theater is left over from the 1939/40 Fair). There was also a porpoise and seal show, and exhibits heralding all of the wondrous qualities of the Sunshine State. Another attraction (not part of the Florida pavilion) is the full-sized replica of the Santa Maria. Researchers in Barcelona and Washington DC went to great pains to make this 110-ton ship as accurate as possible. Right down to the rats!
Hey, mom and dad, let's go the Festival of Gas next! I have plenty of gas-related puns and jokes just itching to be used and abused. Some of the featured attractions: a fun house, a carousel, a magic show, and a puppet show. But the carousel must not have been an ordinary merry-go-round! "A giant elevated carousel carries visitors on a tour of the World of Gas, from gaslit streets of yesteryear to a futurstic city of tomorrow." Sounds pretty fun!
The Festival of Gas makes a cameo appearance (over to the right), and the spires of the Mormon Pavilion can be seen near the center of the photo. It's a 3/4 size replica of part of the famous temple in Salt Lake City, and man-oh-man, was it a popular photo subject. Most lots of slides that I have from the Fair feature at least one (and sometimes several) pictures of this building. But the things I like about this picture the most are the Sikorsky helicopter that is on its way to or from the top of the Port Authority building (which still stands today), and the jet that is probably leaving from John F. Kennedy Airport (see this view, taken from an airplane!).