Tuesday, July 16, 2013

New York World's Fair

Today I have three oddball pictures, all taken from the observation deck of the New York State pavilion (226 feet high). This will be especially interesting to you puny humans with your lack of wings.

There's the distinctive white "igloo" of the Alaska pavilion; next to it at the top of the photo is the Westinghouse pavilion, where you could see the time capsule that is supposed to be unearthed in the year 6939. See you then! And that pointy corner in the lower right is part of the Missouri pavilion. Never let it be said that I have forgotten Missouri! 

This one is fun because some friendly Fair workers have written a special note at the base of the New York State pavilion, only visible to those on the observation deck. I have no idea what those rectangular things are next to it, they almost look like aluminum window screen frames.

Just to the north you would find the Wisconsin pavilion. The stylized teepee represents the Badger State's Indian heritage. There was a sportsman's show featuring fly-casting and archery demos, and a 17-ton cheese! I'll bet there were little pieces of it missing. I love Wisconsin, having spent much quality time in the town of Oconomowoc, where my great aunt's farm used to be.

FYI, as of this morning I will be out of town for the next few days. There will be new posts in my absence, but it may take me a while to respond to comments.


Melissa said...

I love the little bebbeh igloo next to the big igloo! Bigloo!

What is the big, blurry, orange thing, and why is it so blurry?

I feel so cheated that the future didn't turn out to look like this after all.

Major Pepperidge said...

Melissa, don't worry, the big igloo is happily married. No "accidents" occurred.

I am reasonably sure that the orange thing is the flap of a leather camera case - a variation on the "finger blocking the picture".

steve2wdw said...

6939....that seems a bit excessive! Love ANY World's Fair shots! Thanks

Nancy said...

so high up! makes me a bit dizzy just looking at the images!

the teepee is pretty cool ;-)

Melissa, I have always agreed that the future took a wrong term, rather than going space-age cool it went technical :(

thanks for taking us to the Fair!

ps...enjoy your time away!

K. Martinez said...

The Teepee building reminds me a lot of some of the suburban churches built in the 1960s & 70s. As always, love the Fair photos! Thank you.

Dennis said...

Love those Worlds Fair photos.. Thanks Major!

Dennis, levittown LI, NY

LauraJ953 said...

I'm told that the Wisconsin pavilion is still around - and I have a vague recollection of seeing it on one of our families many journeys East across the great and Mighty Mississippi.

Dean Finder said...

LauraJ is correct. The Wisconsin Pavilion Rotunda was relocated to Neillsville, Wisconsin, as a radio station and gift shop. It houses the studios of WCCN radio today.

Part of the Wisconsin Pavillion ended up at Camp Ramah in the Poconos. It was used as the eating area in the dinning hall.

Snow White Archive said...

Terrific "aerial" shots!