Saturday, December 10, 2016
Hey! Let's go back to July, 1964 to visit the New York World's Fair! What, you have something better to do?
I always love shots of the wonderful Tower of the Four Winds, outside of "It's a Small World" (sponsored by Unicef and Pepsi Cola). In spite of the overcast sky, it was probably hot and humid. The luminaires are red, white and blue in this area, and they look great. Notice the Kodak Picture Spot sign - just like Disneyland.
In order to get to General Motors' "Futurama" (the most popular exhibit at the Fair), guests had to cross a bridge that spanned the Grand Central Parkway. On the other side one would have found the pavilions sponsored by Ford (the "Magic Skyway"), Chrysler, Sinclair Oil's "Dinoland", U.S. Rubber (the Ferris Wheel that looked like a giant tire), the Antique Auto ride, and more. Well worth the walk!
It might surprise folks to learn that the Vatican's pavilion had some of the highest attendance during the run of the Fair. The biggest draw was Michelangelo's "Pieta"; even now I can't believe that they risked transporting that priceless work of art across the Atlantic, but what the Vatican wants, the Vatican gets.
I'll have more images from the Fair in many future posts!