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 – 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 – Wonderful World of Chemistry

At the 1964 World’s Fair, DuPont put on a musical called The Wonderful World of Chemistry.  As you’d expect, it featured DuPont products. Characters like the Happy Plastic Family would extol the virtues o f nylon, mylar, and corfam – a new synthetic leather.   The musical ran forty-eight times a day, followed each time…

World’s Fair Wednesday – UNISPHERE

Here’s a look at the 1964 World’s Fairgrounds from a distance.  Hallmarks of the ’64 Fair include CRT displays teletype machines, punch cards, and modems.  Not sure how modems and punch cards are at the same level of technological development, but there you have it.   The centerpiece of the 1964 World’s Fair is the…

Five Things – 4.23.12 – World’s Fair Edition

Lately I’ve found myself reading about Worlds Fairs, those expos of society’s progress that were held time to time all over the world as far back as the 19th century.  Growing up as an 80s kid, I never heard much about these – seems like I was born just a little bit too late for…