Tuesday, July 28, 2009

New York World's Fair

Let's set the Time-O-Lator to 1964; destination - Flushing Meadows, New York!

Here's a "postcard worthy" photo taken on a beautiful day in August. In the foreground, a typical family (mom, dad, and 2.3 kids!) heads down the colorful Avenue of Flags towards the giant steel Unisphere, which looks particularly impressive here. The fountains help to give the globe the feeling that it is floating in front of the United States pavilion.

Here is DuPont's "Wonderful World of Chemistry" building. It contained two theaters that had two casts performing a show that included Chemical Comedy: "Live action is combined with tricks on film to trace the history of chemistry from ancient Greece to today. Du Pont fibers are displayed in clothes created by top designers." It also included Molecular Magic: "...to demonstrate the extraordinary properties of man-made materials, a performer holds a piece of red-hot metal wrapped in a thin chemical film, dips a piece of plain cloth into dye and pulls it out striped, and throws paint on a synthetic fabric without staining it." I'd go see that!

And finally, here's a general view with the Fountain of the Planets to our right, and General Electric's "Progressland" pavilion to the left. It all looks pretty fantastic, if you ask me.


TokyoMagic! said...

Can't get enough of the '64/'65 New York World's Fair or G.E.'s Progressland!

Hrundi V. Bakshi said...

Wow. That first picture, just - wow.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Al three of these are postcard worthy! I want one of those cool golf cart type cars that guy is driving in the first photo! Looks like a stellar summer day in 1964... Thanks Major!

Nancy said...

world's fair...YES!

these are great. best photo ive seen of the Dupont building...love those cool hanging bead looking things...

on the left side of the photo right next to Progressland you see those tall columns? they look like the ones at the original entrance to Tomorrowland at MK in WDW :)