Saturday, January 16, 2010

NYWF Artist Views

This time we take a look at some "Artist Rendition" postcards from the NY World's Fair. Definitely a style of postcard that are among my favorites. We will finish a look at the 1964 New York World's Fair through postcards, tomorrow.

The Festival of Gas - "First at the Fair", the gas industry's exhibit helped set the festive mood of the Fair with its Carousel, Fun House, Puppet Show and the Festival Restaurant, which uses gas for cooking, cooling and to generate power.

Walter's International Wax Museum - The museum contains more than 30 life size tableaux based on famous paintings, historical and contemporary figures, mythology, religious events and motion picture and television personalities.

Johnson's Wax Pavilion - Within this circular colonnade is a gold disc, thirty feet thick in the center, containing a theatre. Suspended twenty-four feet off the ground, it is reached by a ramp.

The Port of New York Authority - Heliport and Exhibit Building - "Top of the Fair" restaurant and the "Drinks Around the World" cocktail lounge both located just below the 120 foot high landing deck for helicopters bringing visitors to the Fair from Manhattan and other points.

The Pavilion of the Sudan - In the shape of a contemporary mosque featuring teak lattice walls of Islamic design to achieve characteristic lighting effects inside as well as outside.


Matt Hunter Ross said...

Exceptional collection!!!

Major Pepperidge said...

Hmmm, I don't remember seeing that Sudan pavilion before, I wonder if it was actually built? I probably just missed it somehow.

Debbie V. said...

Beautiful pictures.
I remember in the 60's my mom going to the So Cal Gas Co where they put on FREE cooking classes for homemakers (back in the day when the majority of mothers and wives did not have to work outside the home). I believe the Edison company did as well. These were just to advertise the new gas or electric appliances. I'll look and see if she still has those colorful booklets.

outsidetheberm said...

Enjoying these very much! Thanks for the look.