World’s Fair Wednesday – Zoopraxiscope

Held in Chicago in 1893, the World’s Columbian Exposition played host to 27 million visitors.  It’s notable for a few big things – it served as the ground for a bidding war between General Electric (who proposed the Fair be powered by Direct Current) and Westinghouse (who proposed Alternate Current), it was the first fair…

Worlds Fair Wednesday – 1964 Ticket

Over at Imagineering Disney there’s a cool post with “Then and Now” images from the 1964-1965 World’s Fair in New York.  The pictures are fascinating but it’s also a little depressing to see how quickly a lot of the structures have decayed.   Then: Now:   My favorite bit from this post, however is the…

World’s Fair Wednesday – Chunky Square

Nestle had a presence at the 1964 World’s Far in New York with Chunky Square, a pavilion which included a glass-walled building containing a factory that  showed step-by-step the process in which Chunkies were made. The products were then made available for sale at a small round kiosk. I love this picture:  from the entry…

World’s Fair Wednesday- The Newest “Midgie”

Here’s an ad from a Playbill for an Olsen and Johnson play performed in 1939 during the World’s Fair.  This particular ad features a fashionable  “Tish-U-Knit” sweater, obtainable at “smart shops anywhere”!     My favorite part is where you have to send them a letter to get the location of the nearest shop that…

World’s Fair Wednesday – 1982 Japan Pavilion

So Much Pileup‘s got some gorgeous, gorgeous concept drawings of the Japan pavilion at the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville.  Here’s two of my favorites; the first looks like an AIR album cover:   I wonder how closely this held to reality.  These drawings always seem to rely on things like clean floors and sparse…

World’s Fair Wednesday – Seattle 1962 Postcards

Here are some really great postcards from the Century 21 Exposition, held in Seattle in 1962. I think I just found a few new desktop backgrounds!         My favorite part about these is that they’re clearly postcards of models.  I wonder if they were ever updated during the fair to have actual…

World’s Fair Wednesday – There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow!

Created for the 1964 World’s Fair, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress took fairgoers through decades of technological achievement.  Anyone who’s read more than one post on this blog knows that I’m a big fan of Walt’s vision for the future, and the Carousel of Progress emphasizes that spirit perfectly.  It went through a few changes…

World’s Fair Wednesday – Yesteryear

This is pretty cool.  Stumbled across a blog called View-Master World that’s exactly what it sounds like – a collection of still images from View-Master packets.  You know, these things:     Can’t you just hear the ka-chunk it makes when you advance the image? Anyway, one of the packages featured on the blog was called…

World’s Fair Wednesday – Expo ’74 design

Held in Spokane, Expo ’74’s theme was about the environment.  From some reports it appears the environmental message was a little too corporatized or even “Disney-fied”.  What catches my eye about Expo ’74 is the design:     And a great ticket stub from Expo sand World Fairs:     Here’s a video that has…

World’s Fair Wednesday – 1939 Wonder Bakery

So, Wonder Bread had a presence at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York.  Kind of strange, but not super-strange; Wonder Bread was the wave of the (supposedly) healthy future! What stands out most about their presence is, clearly, their building.   The font, dots, and white-on-teal all scream “FOOD OF TOMORROW”.  Here’s a postcard…