Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The 1964 New York Worlds Fair Then & Now

From a time when the United States was still a land of hope and promise we present these two films from the 1964 World's Fair. It took place in a mile square patch of land known today as Corona Park and was also the site of the 1939 worlds fair.Before that fair it was where ash was dumped and was referred to as a "valley of ashes" in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.

 The first was produced by the Sinclair oil company and gives us a broad overview (with lots of plugs for Sinclair) of this fabulous view of mid century America. It's all here from dinoland to bold visions of the future. The slogan of the fair was “peace through understanding” a great idea that seems to have become lost here in the 21st century. The second film focuses in on the Unisphere which was a magnificent symbol of this event. It is the largest globe ever made on the earth. So put on your rose colored glasses grab a snack and sit back and enjoy. And for dessert we offer a link to a photo montage of what the site looks like today.

For those that might be wondering what the site of this event looks like today I found this cool post (link below) on the imagineering disney blog.

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