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The New York World's Fair of 1964 through a collection of amazing photographs


As a sequel to the successful 1939 New York World's Fair, the Second World's Fair opened on April 22, 1964, and its theme was "Peace Through Understanding". 650 acres (210 ha) of pavilions, public spaces, and exhibits from around the world.

Countries, cities, corporations and private groups set up shops to display their ideas. The theme symbol was a 12-story, stainless-steel model of the Earth, called the Unisphere, built on the foundations of the Perisphere from the 1939 World's Fair.

The fair is noted as a showcase of mid-20th century American culture and technology. The nascent space age, with its expansion of promise, was well represented.

More than 51 million people attended the fair, though less than expected - less than 70 million. It remains a touchstone for many American Baby Boomers who visited the Hopeful Exposition as children, before the turbulent years of the Vietnam War and the many cultural changes.

In many ways, the fair is the epitome of a grand consumer show covering the many products produced in America for transportation, living and consumer electronic needs in a way that will never be replicated at future World's Fairs in North America.



Many major American manufacturing companies had a prominent presence, from pen makers to chemical companies, computers, automobiles. The fair gave many attendees their first interaction with computer equipment.

Corporations demonstrated the use of mainframe computers, computer terminals with keyboards and CRT displays, teletype machines, punch cards and telephone modems in an era when computer equipment was kept in back offices away from the public, the Internet and home computers decades earlier. Were. Everyone's settlement.

Industry played a major role in the 1939/1940 New York World's Fair by hosting huge, elaborate exhibitions. Many of them returned to the 1964/1965 New York World's Fair with even more detailed versions than they had presented 25 years earlier.

The most notable of these was General Motors Corporation, whose Futurama Fair proved to be the most popular display, in which visitors seated in moving chairs were shown elaborately detailed miniature 3D model sequences showing what life was like in the "near-future". It is possible About 26 million people traveled to the future during the two years of the fair.

IBM Corporation had a popular pavilion, where a massive 500-seat grandstand called the "People Wall" was pushed up by hydraulic rams into an elliptical theater designed by Eero Saarinen.

There, a film called Think by Charles and Ray Eames was shown on fourteen projectors on nine screens, illuminating the workings of computer logic.


On ground level below the theatre, visitors can explore Mathematica: A World of Numbers… and Beyond (a showcase of mathematical models and curiosities) and watch the Mathematics Peep Show (a series of short films showcasing basic mathematical concepts). Huh.

New York City was left with a much improved Flushing Meadows-Corona Park after the fair, taking over the park from the Fair Corporation in June 1967.

The avenues and their names remain almost unchanged from the days of the fair. An ancient Roman column from Jordan still stands near the unisphere. A stone marking the site of the Vatican Pavilion is also located to the east of the main fountain.

The Unisphere stands in the center of the park as a symbol of "the achievements of man on a shrinking globe in an expanding universe". The Unisphere has become an iconic sculptural feature of the park, as well as a symbol of the borough of Queens in general. It stands on the site previously occupied by the Perisphere during the 1939–1940 Fair.

The New York Hall of Science, established during the 1964 World's Fair, was one of the nation's first dedicated science museums; It still operates in an expanded facility at its original location in the north corner of the park.

The Hall of Science anchors a space park showcasing rockets and vehicles used in America's early space exploration projects. The space park eventually fell into disrepair due to neglect, but in 2004 the surviving rockets were restored and put back on display.



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