Monday, November 24, 2008

New York World's Fair Part 1

I think I am going to spend a week exploring the New York Worlds Fair of 1964. All of these slides are in a funky plastic mount and are 16mm in size. The images are still pretty nicely done. The first shows the icon of the Fair- the Unisphere. It appears the Boy Scouts are worn out from exploring the Fair.

The next image is of the other soft drink pavilion, the Coca Cola World of Refreshment. I wonder if they wished they had worked with Walt Disney?

The Vatican actually sponsored a pavilion and I believe this is the main structure, a compact baroque Gothic church. Edit- experts in the New York World's Fair of 1964 have alerted me this is the Thailand Pavilion. Thanks guys!

Finally for all the monorail fans, a shot of the AMF monorail under the track.

Tomorrow more images from the '64 Fair.

10 comments:

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Great monorail pic. Coca-Cola pavilion is a beauty.

Bill Cotter said...

What you have listed as the Vatican Pavilion was actually the Thailand Pavilion. After the NY fair ended the same pavilion was shipped up to Montreal for Expo '67.

Katella Gate said...

Ditto Bill Cotter. You were seeing who was awake with that "Catholic Baroque Gothic" stuff, right?

Major Pepperidge said...

These are really wonderful, quality images!

I honestly always wondered if the Thailand pavilion was the same one at both fairs (could it have been used at other fairs as well?), so that is a great piece of info.

Tannerman said...

I'm liking where this week's theme is heading. Nice!

sundaynight said...

Great images.

Anonymous said...

"The Vatican actually sponsored a pavilion..."

Don't be too surprised, but the Vatican pavilion was one of the most popular of the fair. Michaelangelo's Pieta was shipped over (and very handsomely insured) and put on display in a rather ugly modern structure, but millions went to see it.

Anonymous said...

I just found this website. I'm obsessed with World's Fair pictures...are there more? I can't find them past this first page. I just finished visiting Corona Park (former NY World's Fair) and got pictures of what's left. I want to see more from the past like this. Thanks!!

Matterhorn1959 said...

Try the search function...there should be lots of posts for the New York World's Fair. Also, check out Gorilla's Don't Blog for more NYWF images.

Ali Malito said...

Hi,

My name is Ali -- I'm a freelance reporter doing a story on the 1964 World's Fair, and including an interactive map with photos. I came across your pictures and think they're wonderful. I was wondering if we could talk about if I could use a few, and of course give you credit. My email is alessandra (at) malitomedia (dot) com. Thank you!