Thursday, March 26, 2009

New York World's Fair Potpourri

Photos from the 64/65 New York World's Fair aren't quite as beloved as those from Disneyland, but you are just going to have to suffer through a random batch today.

I'm sure that I would have loved the Sinclair dinosaurs; kids do love those big critters, after all. Everybody had probably seen paintings of what the dinos might have looked like when they were alive, or maybe even saw a huge articulated skeleton in a museum. But these full-sized fiberglass models really made you appreciate just how huge and amazing these animals really were! The kid with the souvenir cowboy hat to our right can't believe his eyes.

A helicopter prepares to land atop the Port Authority building. This building still stands, I saw it just last month when I was in New York, but it is in sad condition. Such a shame that it can't be restored and used for something.

Taken from the top of the Better Living Center, here's a nice panorama showing many landmarks of the Fair. See that humongous line down in the lower right? That's what you had to wait in to see General Electric's "Progressland" - which, of course, included Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress. And trust me, you are only seeing a tiny portion of that crazy queue.

Here's a "photo op" over at the Chrysler pavilion. Yes, for those of you who have always dreamed of having your face on a license plate....?? The good news is that you are a VIP. The bad news is that you are a VIP junior, which probably means you can't use the secret bathroom or cut right to the front of all lines.

The Skyway passes high above the China Pavilion; the red and gold building was "constructed in Taiwan and shipped in pieces to the Fair, also houses modern Chinese products, a gift shop and a restaurant." I hope I can get a hamburger and a Coke in that restaurant.


Anonymous said...

No suffering, those were very interesting, thanks.

The aerial shot of the GE/CoP queue shows what looks to be a dark sign on the lawn, maybe saying keep off the grass, those hundreds of folks certainly are.

Nancy said...

....nope, cant think of a better place to visit if not Disneyland!

these are great...esp enjoying the panorama with the skyway overhead, and the colorful pagoda with the Chinese hamburgers is very pretty. looks like we can have some ice cream after lunch as well : )

thanks, Major!

Matterhorn1959 said...

Major- great view of the Dinoland exhibit.

PTA Transit Authority said...

Incredibly beautiful pics Major. The Skyway would give me a nose bleed. The helicopter pic is awesome.

TokyoMagic! said...

I always enjoy seeing photos from World's Fairs....especially New York '64/'65.

I hope that hamburger and Coke don't come with a great big side of melamine!

Katella Gate said...

The 1964 NY World's Fair is always welcome.
The 1982 Knoxville World's Fair - not so much. (Unless there's a Simpsons tie-in)

Anonymous said...

Hey, I just got the new CD box set “Walt Disney and the 1964 World's Fair”. It’s fantastic! The highlight is a Walt Disney voice-over session for the Magic Skyway ride. Lots of other goodies included!