Sunday, January 17, 2010

NYWF Finale

Here is the final group of postcards from the 1964 New York World's Fair. "Peace through Understanding". I hope you have enjoyed this look back at what I consider, "The Greatest Modern Fair" of all time.

Schaefer Center - The Schaefer Center is unique. The two buildings making up the Center are constructed entirely of plastic and fiberglass. It is a haven for foot-sore and thirsty visitors. On weekends, visitors are met and greeted by outstanding sports celebrities. (Editor: Good Beer!)

U.S. Rubber - Visitors may ride four to a gondola on an 80 foot Ferris Wheel disguised as a giant tire. The tire, which is floodlighted at night, stands in a landscaped area; at the entrance to the ride are interesting displays of the company's products.

Westinghouse Time Capsule - Man's progress during the past 25 years will be recorded for peoples 5,000 years in the future in Westinghouse Time Capsule II, to be buried alongside the original 1939 Time Capsule at the close of the Fair.

Chrysler Corporation Exhibit - This giant World's Fair Exhibit, called "Autofare", has the biggest car in the world, a 50 foot dragon inside an engine, an auto assembly line, and many other amazing sights.

The New York State Exhibit - The Tent of Tomorrow has the world's biggest suspension roof made up of translucent colored panels and supported by sixteen concrete columns 100 feet high. There are three observation towers, one of which is the tallest structure at the Fair.

4 comments:

Major Pepperidge said...

I dunno... greater than the 1939 New York World's Fair? If I could take a time machine to just one fair, I'd have a hard time choosing, but I think I'd go to the '39 version.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

I guess it is a toss-up Major. The '39 was awesome. OK! One of the two "Greatest Modern Fairs" of all time.

Major Pepperidge said...

Ha ha, trust me, the '64 Fair was incredible too!

By the way, I just found a Chico Fan Club tab/button in mint condition at the Glendale Collector's Show, and only just realized that it's your avatar!

Tony said...

It was built on the site of the '39 World's Fair. There was one remnant sculpture from '39 called "Forms In Transit" and I remember staring at it in 1964.

Here's a good link at what's left of the fairs in Flushing Meadow, Queens...
http://www.forgotten-ny.com/STREET%20SCENES/worldsfair/worldsfair.html

For a great look at the '39 Fair and perhaps you'll reach the conclusion I did, that compared to '64, the '39 Fair showed "more" about the immediate future, check out a documentary narrated by Jason Robards made in 1984 called “The World of Tomorrow”.