Tuesday, March 17, 2015
The Chrysler Pavilion at the 1964/65 New York World's Fair would have been high on my list of "must do" attractions - and that is saying something, given the mind-boggling wonders that were there for the choosing.
In this first photo, you see the "Giant Animated Engine". Among the things guests would see when walking inside was a "…writhing, twisting, squirming dragon (he's enormous!) who drives three 8-foot pistons. They're animated too. Giant hands operate the engine valves. A monstrous 'spider' descend upon a hapless fly. Two huge paddles toss a ping-pong ball endlessly between them. These are just a few of the delightfully imaginative goings-on".
So basically, it was just like the engine in my car. Only a little bit bigger.
Here is a stylized 10-story rocket, continuously blasting off with a plume of water spray. Which is a pretty neat idea! The U.S. Space Program was going strong in 1964, with Project Gemini and Project Apollo in their early stages. "Stages"! A rocket pun!
Inside the pavilion's main building (the "Show-Go-Round"), a circular stage that rotated to reveal four different "phases", with four auditoriums that surrounded the stage so that the audience watches a different part of the show simultaneously. After watching a film, and then performances by Bil Baird's puppets (including "singing and dancing gaskets, dancing spark plugs, animated carburetors and living seat belts"), you would finally see an experimental car that was (according to the show) completely assembled by the puppets. I'm not sure if the man on the left is Bil Baird or not.
Sorry this one is a little blurry; from what I can glean, this automobile was an example of Chrysler's revolutionary Turbine Car (which used a rotating compressor that turned at nearly 45,000 rpm). It was the only turbine car that was tested by a few lucky consumers. You'll read more about it in a future post!
I hope that you have enjoyed your visit to the Chrysler Pavilion!