Sunday, November 21, 2010

'Round The World's Fair - 1964

Let's visit some more international pavilions, shall we?

Here's a beautiful photo of Malaysia's building. Remember those old commercials in which they tried to entice tourists to come to Malaysia with pretty girls making goo-goo eyes at the camera? You don't see those anymore. ... There are scale models of a tin mine and of the Parliament House of the 14 Federated States of Malaysia. Reflecting the country's industry and commerce are exhibits of rubber, timber and tin. Films of Malaysian scenes are shown on the hour, and there is a collection of national art works.

Japan: Side by side with some of the world's most advanced microscopes and industrial machines are charming evidences of the quiet rural Japan of a century ago. Judo tournaments, fashion shows and dance programs are held on an outdoor stage. There are also a restaurant, a snack bar and a roof garden that serves Japanese beer. Where do they sell cool Japanese tin toys?

A proposed French pavilion was never built, but there was one for "The Pavilion of Paris and French Industry". It looks sort of unfinished here, maybe it was just modern and minimalist. Gaily colored flags of the French provinces hang from the walls in this privately sponsored pavilion. Parisian boutiques sell perfumes, gourmet foods and other luxury items for which the city is famous. A kiosk carries French newspapers and paperback books, and an art gallery sells original oils.

The Sky Ride passes right over Korea's pavilion! The pavilion houses products of Korea's rebuilt industries and displays of the nation's artistic and cultural past. Waitresses dressed in flowing silk robes serve the delicacies of a cuisine that dates back more than 2,000 years


The Viewliner Limited said...

As always, more great classic shots of a great fair. Have a Happy Thanksgiving Major. All is appreciated, Richard.

Katella Gate said...

"Crazy Horse Champagne Bar" at the Paris exhibit?? Talk about mixed messages. They probably unloaded France's spoiled vintages here, just be for they turn to vinegar figuring Americans would not know the difference.

Maybe it just sounds classier in French:

Bar de la Champagne de cheveal feu.

Major Pepperidge said...

Thank you Viewliner!

Yes, I noticed that Crazy Horse Champagne Bar... I guess the French were interested in the American west? I'd like to believe that their national pride would prevent them from sending spoiled vintages; but it was a Fair for the common man, so it probably wasn't the best stuff either!

Nancy said...

oh, to have seen this Fair in person...thanks as always for posting such great photos!

they would make a GREAT photo album... :D