World’s Fair Wednesday – Elektro

Westinghouse put Elektro the robot on exhibit at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York.  Seven feet tall, Elektro was made of aluminum and powered by a gears and motors.  He had a vocabulary of 700 words, and could distinguish red from green, blow up balloons and smoke cigarettes.  Also, he could walk and move…

World’s Fair Wednesday – Iced Tea!

I’ve lived in the South all my life, and until this summer I never understood the appeal of iced tea.  My family drank it constantly, as well as those around me, and it was always the most disgusting thing to me.  Well, some time this summer the switch flipped and now I can’t get enough…

World’s Fair Wednesday – 1939 New York Lindy Hop

Here’s some great color footage of the 1939 Worlds’ Fair in New York.  While part of me regrets that the film is soundless, the rest of me feels like it fits the images and the history of the video really well! Would be nice to hear what Glenn Gray is playing, though, that gets all…

World’s Fair Wednesday – Hemisfair ’68

Hemisfair 68 was held in San Antonio, Texas.  The theme was “The Confluence of Civilizations in the Americas”.  Kind of a dry-sounding theme, but look at the fairground!     The mascot of the fair was Luther the Dragon, created by Sid and Marty Krofft.  The Kroffts had a pavilion at the fair that featured…

World’s Fair Wednesday – Osaka ’70 Home Video

Here’s some home video footage of a trip to Japan in 1970.  The beginning starts out with a little sightseeing but they arrive at the ’70 Expo in Osaka around 2:00 in.  It’s great to see the festival live and in color, and the grainy film gives it an added touch.  I love the monorail…

World’s Fair Wednesday – New York State Pavilion

Here’s a great picture of the New York State Pavilion, which adorned the 1964 World’s Fair.  It featured three observation towers, with capsule elevators that carried guests to the top level.  Underneath it was the Tent of Tomorrow, adorned with many colors.  The floor held a map of New York in tile.  Around the map…

World’s Fair Wednesday – 1964 Souvenir Book

It’s not often that my interests cross paths so conveniently as they have this week.  Dreams Of Space, a space ephemera blog that I’m really fond of, posted these great scans of the 1964/1965 World’s Fair Souvenir book that capture the excitement of the space age really well. The variance in drawings and illustrations of…

World’s Fair Wednesday – Wyld’s Great Globe

Last week I re-visited the Unisphere, an enormous open-air structure made of steel.  This week I wanted to take a look at a somewhat similar endeavor a little over a century before the ’64 World’s Fair, Wyld’s Great Globe.  Originally planned for the Great Exhibition of 1851 and for occupancy inside the Crystal Palace,  the…

World’s Fair Wednesday – 1907 Jamestown Expo Poster

While we were vacationing in Virginia last week, I spent an afternoon at the Nauticus museum in Norfolk.  To my surprise, they had an exhibit on the 1907 Expo held in Jamestown! The exhibit featured some cool ephemera, including the postcard I posted last week.  There were some tickets to attractions recreating the Battle of…

World’s Fair Wednesday – The City (Pindal)

Expo ’70 was held in Osaka, Japan.  More of a festival than an exposition, the theme of Expo ’70 was Progress and Harmony for Mankind.  64 million people attended, making it one of the most successful expositions in history.  The US put a moon rock on display, Germany developed the first spherical concert hall, and…