Wednesday, November 07, 2012
It's time for another random selection of photos from the 1964 New York World's Fair!
First up is this photo of the bridge over the Grand Central Parkway that visitors had to cross in order to get to the transportation section. That's where you'd find cool stuff like General Motors' "Futurama", Ford's "Magic Skyway", Sinclair Oil's "Dinoland", the Chrysler Pavilion, and much more. I'd say it's worth the trek!
Speaking of the Magic Skyway, here's a rare interior view from the ramp that took you up to the boarding area for that legendary ride. There were four tableaus that guests saw as they went up the ramp, symbolizing "PDSQ" - Performance, Dependability, Style, and Quality. This particular tableau exemplifies Performance, depicting Henry Ford's "Old 999". Ford himself drove the 999 to a record speed of 92 m.p.h. on the frozen surface of Lake St. Clair, Michigan, in 1904.
Here's an odd one! No, this lady has not been hospitalized for exhaustion. She is at one of the "rest alcoves" over at the Simmons pavilion (as in Simmons mattresses). From the souvenir guidebook: Attendants escort visitors upstairs to sleeping alcoves with adjustable beds, set a timer, and gently wake them if they sleep beyond the half-hour period. It cost 50 cents per half hour.
I threw this one in just because. The photograph might have been taken from aboard the AMF Monorail, and below us is part of the Amusement Zone. You can see a sign at the bottom of the image advertising the Log Flume Ride, one of the very first (but not the first) in existence.