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1964: The New York World's Fair (Photos)
The Atlantic ^ | June 2, 2014 | Alan Taylor

Posted on 06/03/2014 6:05:17 AM PDT by C19fan

The theme of the 1964 World's Fair in New York City was "Peace Through Understanding". 650 acres of pavilions, public spaces and displays from exhibitors around the world. Countries, cities, corporations, and private groups set up shop to display their ideas and accomplishments to more than 50 million visitors. Corporate America was heavily-represented, with one of the most-remembered exhibits being General Motors' Futurama, displaying colorful and imaginative views of future society.

(Excerpt) Read more at theatlantic.com ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: fair; newyork
If you are a Disney fan, one of the photos, photo 9, shows the original "It's a Small World" ride in the background. The ride was moved to Disneyland when the Fair ended. Also there was the original Lincoln animatronic.
1 posted on 06/03/2014 6:05:17 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

I was there. I was 6 years old. Mom & Dad took the whole family. I will never forget standing next to that globe. Dad worked for GM at the time so we went to see the GM exposition. They had a huge presence there.


2 posted on 06/03/2014 6:07:44 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (All the love gone bad turned my world to black. Tattooed all I see. All that I am. All I'll be.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

So was Ford.The New Mustang was there.


3 posted on 06/03/2014 6:09:52 AM PDT by painter ( Isaiah: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,")
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To: painter
So was Ford.

I imagine they were. But, Dad being a GM guy, we never went anywhere near Ford! Too bad.

4 posted on 06/03/2014 6:12:11 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (All the love gone bad turned my world to black. Tattooed all I see. All that I am. All I'll be.)
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To: C19fan

I wish they still had world’s fairs such as this. They don’t have these events any more do they? Haven’t heard about one, anyway.


5 posted on 06/03/2014 6:15:50 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (et)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
"I was there. I was 6 years old."

HA! Me too. Mom took us (dad was always at work).
I have virtually no memories from childhood, but I remember that whole day and evertyhing I saw. Odd.

6 posted on 06/03/2014 6:18:31 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: C19fan

I recall the Vatican Pavilion, where Michelangelo’s Pietà was displayed. It was quite a wonderment to me.


7 posted on 06/03/2014 6:22:34 AM PDT by Daffynition (I stand with the Bundy Family!)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
"I was there. I was 6 years old."

HA! Me too. Mom took us (dad was always at work).
I have virtually no memories from childhood, but I remember that whole day and evertyhing I saw. Odd.

8 posted on 06/03/2014 6:24:58 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: C19fan
Wow. I was there, too. Thanks be to God in Jesus Christ, I don't feel that old today.

Not many years later, it made "Hemisfair '68," in San Antonio, seem small, at first.

Did the Knoxville exhibition in '82 take the shine of these kinds of things?

9 posted on 06/03/2014 6:27:14 AM PDT by Prospero (Si Deus trucido mihi, ego etiam fides Deus.)
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To: C19fan

I was there as well. My uncle was one of the engineers in charge of bringing the Pieta to the fair. They worked at Sinclair Koppers ... wrapped her hands and packaged her in styrene.... Little balls of Styrofoam. The display of a moving walkway and blue velvet behind the Pieta was spectacular!


10 posted on 06/03/2014 6:29:07 AM PDT by MadelineZapeezda (Remember, this is an administration which will not profile terrorists, but profile patriots? /Newt)
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To: C19fan

A little trivia...

During the final testing of the Lincoln animatronic figure, it sprung a leak and hydraulic fluid spilled out of Lincoln.

The hydraulic fluid was red.

Needless to say, this was deeply upsetting. Disney scrambled to find an acceptable hydraulic fluid that was colorless.


11 posted on 06/03/2014 6:34:42 AM PDT by kidd
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To: Daffynition

We went on a moving platform as I remember to see the Pieta. What a sight for a ten year old kid!

I only wish we had kept up those beautiful buildings. It always hurts me to see the ruins when we go to JFK.


12 posted on 06/03/2014 6:37:29 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: C19fan

I remember going to the World’s fair. Rode the It’s a small World ride - the convertibles into the future and the giant tire ferris wheel. Oh and the big globe.

Don’t really remember much else (I was 4)


13 posted on 06/03/2014 6:40:16 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Daffynition
I recall the Vatican Pavilion, where Michelangelo’s Pietà was displayed. It was quite a wonderment to me.

I remember in grade school talking about the Pieta` and how the Vatican shipped it.

It was crated up and sat on the deck of the ship in such a way that IF the ship sank the crate would float free and could be recovered.

14 posted on 06/03/2014 6:43:29 AM PDT by painter ( Isaiah: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,")
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To: C19fan

I was there that summer, as well. I was going into my junior year of HS the next fall. I went back to NYC (from Kokomo, IN) to go to nursing school. in the fall of ‘66.


15 posted on 06/03/2014 6:46:25 AM PDT by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: C19fan
I was there
:)
16 posted on 06/03/2014 6:48:54 AM PDT by novemberslady
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To: C19fan

Remember the show at the Sea Hunt pavilion, or whatever it was called? Did the bad guy really bang his head on the rocks? Anyone else see this?


17 posted on 06/03/2014 6:53:25 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: miss marmelstein

I didn’t go to the fair but we drove from MA to visit my husband’s uncle in Queens.

The roads and exit ramps in the area had all been changed and we got “lost”.

My husband didn’t handle getting lost very well.

A bit of tension in the car.:-)

.


18 posted on 06/03/2014 6:54:34 AM PDT by Mears
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To: C19fan
World's Fair: Isaac Asimov's predictions 50 years on
19 posted on 06/03/2014 6:58:41 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: C19fan

My memory is of video phones and Michaelangelo’s Pieata


20 posted on 06/03/2014 6:58:59 AM PDT by Post5203 (For the first time in my life, I despise this country.)
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To: C19fan

Great pics. I had to snicker when I saw the Romneys.


21 posted on 06/03/2014 7:01:13 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte (Psalm 14:1 ~ The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”)
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To: C19fan

I remember lots about it...I was more interested in the industrial exhibits like the SKF perpetual ball-bearing bouncing exhibit.

Frankly, even at age 10 I remember that lots of features of the thing were rather tacky. I didn’t care much for the orange and blue coloring of pretty much everything.

The food at the Brass Rail restaurants was atrocious and expensive! But it was the 60’s and WE LIKED IT!

Not saying it wasn’t fun and exciting in a Disneyland kind of way. What was sort of interesting was that you could take the beat-to-utter-hell NY subway to what looked like 1937 to the future.


22 posted on 06/03/2014 7:03:52 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: Daffynition
The moving walkway past the statute ...

And the Disney pavillion, I still have that "small world" song stuck in my head, what, 50 years later?

What it GE that had the fusion reactor mockup?

23 posted on 06/03/2014 7:12:09 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Post5203
My memory is of video phones....

Didn't get to the Fair but did see the video telephone set-up at the National Geographic headquarters in Washington DC. They had actual service to a location in NYC IIRC. Both parties had to make an appointment to use it. Had to go to what amounted to a small studio to make the call. Quite an expensive treat back then but kind of awesome.

24 posted on 06/03/2014 7:12:58 AM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: Cboldt

The time capsule - it’s location today is covered by brush.


25 posted on 06/03/2014 7:14:40 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: Fester Chugabrew
The planks of pine board with first names routed into them ... I got separated from the grownups and family in that pavilion. A short period of panic on my part (I don't think anybody else noticed), then spotted familiar persons.

Found a selection of photos taken those days, which reminds me to visit UPS one of these days.

26 posted on 06/03/2014 7:18:32 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: C19fan
I was there and have two lingering memories:
1) the looong lines of people waiting to get into an automobile ride, which may have been Ford.
2) the robotic speaking Lincoln - just like Øbama. Who knew?
27 posted on 06/03/2014 7:24:38 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: C19fan

Is the Wiki page for the 1964 Worlds Fair pretty accurate?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1964_New_York_World%27s_Fair


28 posted on 06/03/2014 7:33:19 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Cboldt

Yeah. I was just thinking about those boards. They’re not around here to my knowledge. I think it was a Black & Decker display where the guys were cutting and routing left and right. One of ‘em had a flat top haircut. I remember the building well. It also had a huge miniature train layout in it. Vivid, fond memories of that summer at the World’s Fair. I’ve often revisited the grounds via Google Earth and other articles on line.


29 posted on 06/03/2014 7:36:03 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: Prospero
Great trip as a 5 year old to NYC and the Worlds Fair in '64. I remember the Swiss Sky Ride, G.E. Progressland, Video Phones, Atomsville USA, Animatronic Abe, the many dioramas, and Disney's It's a Small World (why how could I forget!).

Back in Manhattan, it was being held up high enough to get my head through the safety mesh at the top of the Empire State Building mouth agape; the huge multistory FOA Schwarz toy store, and walking out with a very cool radio controlled wooden speed boat; listening to police sirens echoing all night long from high up in the co-op off 5th avenue.

I also went to Hemisphere '68 where I nailed the red centers of three Lucky Strike logos with three consecutive dart throws and won an awesome reel to reel tape recorder only to have the carney wiggle one dart out of the target thereby demoting me to an ridiculously over sized stuffed bear.

We rode the monorail just before leaving. I lobbied hard, though unsuccessfully, for one more ride. As we were walking out, a string of emergency vehicles tore by - one monorail train had just crashed into the other derailing 11 cars which smashed into the concrete about 15 feet below. Good times...

30 posted on 06/03/2014 7:36:28 AM PDT by Jeff F
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To: smokingfrog

pretty dang accurate


31 posted on 06/03/2014 7:39:44 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
They don’t have these events any more do they?

Next one is EXPO 2015 in Milan, Italy.

32 posted on 06/03/2014 7:56:30 AM PDT by Rio (Proud resident of the State of Jefferson)
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To: C19fan

I spent many happy hours at Lowenbrau Gardens.


33 posted on 06/03/2014 7:58:39 AM PDT by razorback-bert (Due to the high price of ammo, no warning shot will be fired.)
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To: C19fan

W took our daughter down to Disney World and saw the Lincoln display.


34 posted on 06/03/2014 7:59:13 AM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: oh8eleven
1) the looong lines of people waiting to get into an automobile ride, which may have been Ford

Mustang convertibles.

35 posted on 06/03/2014 8:00:03 AM PDT by painter ( Isaiah: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,")
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To: Post5203

I didn’t go. Too young. It’s nice to get to say that one last time!


36 posted on 06/03/2014 8:03:26 AM PDT by If You Want It Fixed - Fix It
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To: Daffynition

Yes, I remember seeing the Pieta. What a magnificent work that is!

Wasn’t the King Tut gold mask there too?


37 posted on 06/03/2014 8:08:57 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: C19fan

I still have dreams that my family and I are at this World’s Fair sitting in the NASA pavilion.


38 posted on 06/03/2014 8:11:03 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("How long, O Lord, holy and true?" - Rev. 6:10)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Me too! - I was 3. I remember that I got lost (parents thought I was with grandma, visa versa). Well I sat on a step until they found me. some nice old man in suit and fedora gave me slice of pizza. (back in the day when strangers were decent people/safe). They asked if I was afraid and I said ‘No, Jesus was with me.’


39 posted on 06/03/2014 8:31:03 AM PDT by time4good
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To: C19fan

...1964...I was 15 years old, a big baseball fan, particularly national league...never got to the fair, plenty of visits to old Shea Stadium, though seen hulking in the background...good times, then, although the Mets were terrible...


40 posted on 06/03/2014 8:59:57 AM PDT by IrishBrigade (')
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although the Mets were terrible...
Yeah, but they sure were entertaining ...Today, they're just terrible.
41 posted on 06/03/2014 9:30:31 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Interesting Times

Memories ping!


42 posted on 06/03/2014 9:37:29 AM PDT by zot
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To: Cboldt

You can now buy a Tee shirt at Disneyworld that says:

“I Conquered It’s a Small World”

With a dramatic boat ride scene on the front.


43 posted on 06/03/2014 10:17:28 AM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: zot

Thanks. I still clearly remember Lincoln.


44 posted on 06/03/2014 10:22:11 AM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: KosmicKitty

We need to re-capture the optimism of that time. We have become cynical, dark, and selfish—Today we seen the world as a Hunger games or Mad Max sort of place. We can build a future we wish—we do not need to live this way—we chose it by the poor leaders we pick—the selfish businesses we support and the “me first” attudes were embrace. It can be a better world! Hey, what happened to World’s Fairs? Why don’t we have them anymore? In my mind they were better than the Oympics. Last one in New Orleans was a bust-—BUT I am sure a new one could be made today to show off the new America that will rise after Obama’s debaucle.


45 posted on 06/03/2014 10:28:24 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Fresh Wind

The Tut exhibition was at the Metropolitan Museum of art in about 1979, IIRC. It was wonderful....but so crowded you could barely move.


46 posted on 06/04/2014 8:31:38 PM PDT by Daffynition (I stand with the Bundy Family!)
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To: C19fan
I probably went 3 or 4 times over the two years, because growing up I lived about 30 minutes away.

-PJ

47 posted on 06/04/2014 8:50:39 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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