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(io9)   The New York World's Fair in 1964-65 was an age of wonder, where the country looked ahead to fantastic glittering future. Let's take a pictorial look back at the world of the future   (io9.com) divider line 197
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2014-02-28 09:06:25 AM  
Why don't we have World's Fairs anymore?
 
2014-02-28 09:06:52 AM  
We have some of our own from that.

Mom was in high school and her band played at it.  She played the sax.

Unfortunately I don't have them here to scan and share.
 
2014-02-28 09:09:38 AM  

SecretAgentWoman: Why don't we have World's Fairs anymore?


I went to the one in Seville in 1992.

Apparently they're still going on.
 
2014-02-28 09:15:03 AM  
Didn't Viet Nam officially start for the US in 1964? It wasn't an "age of wonder" for everyone,

Look how thin the patrons are compared to any theme park you could go to today. Especially Disney World for some reason.
 
2014-02-28 09:26:38 AM  
I wonder if they still work.
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2014-02-28 09:34:43 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: I wonder if they still work.


Hehe. They have those in front of the MiB ride at Universal Orlando.
 
2014-02-28 09:37:56 AM  
Nice how it goes from "climate forecasting center" to paving through a jungle, a la Avatar.
 
2014-02-28 09:38:49 AM  

Mugato: Didn't Viet Nam officially start for the US in 1964? It wasn't an "age of wonder" for everyone,

Look how thin the patrons are compared to any theme park you could go to today. Especially Disney World for some reason.


They were all over in Nam, protectin' are freeedumz.
Why you hate teh truopes?
 
2014-02-28 10:22:42 AM  
Spandex jackets? One for everyone?
 
2014-02-28 10:24:43 AM  

Uzzah: Spandex jackets? One for everyone?


Ninety minutes from New York to Paris, undersea by rail.
 
2014-02-28 10:24:57 AM  
I remember collecting the Coca Cola bottle caps from that World's Fair.  Peeling the cork off of the bottle caps was a real problem trying to see what was printed underneath.  Ugh!
 
2014-02-28 10:25:37 AM  
That glittering future was a possibility at one time, but then the religious right came to power, and that was the end of that.
 
2014-02-28 10:26:33 AM  
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The Lady Gaga prediction was correct.
 
2014-02-28 10:26:42 AM  

Diogenes: SecretAgentWoman: Why don't we have World's Fairs anymore?

I went to the one in Seville in 1992.

Apparently they're still going on.


I was at the 1982 one when I was a whipper snapper.
 
2014-02-28 10:28:08 AM  

SecretAgentWoman: Why don't we have World's Fairs anymore?


Disney took over with Epcot.

/also "Eastern Kodak pavilion?" Article was written by a millennial who's never seen 110 film.
//Kept waiting for Tony Stark to show up in those photos
 
2014-02-28 10:30:30 AM  

Cymbal: That glittering future was a possibility at one time, but then the religious right came to power, and that was the end of that.


Nope. Peak oil in the US, followed by increasing reliance on the Middle East.
 
2014-02-28 10:30:33 AM  

Cymbal: That glittering future was a possibility at one time, but then the religious right came to power, and that was the end of that.


I disagree and feel the Civil Rights Act of 1968 was for the good.
 
2014-02-28 10:30:42 AM  
It seemed like there was a lot of hope in the 60's, big ideas and the like.  Then by the late 70's, when I was born, all that hope and promise seemed like it stagnated through the 80's.
 
2014-02-28 10:32:24 AM  
The pavilion of Austria was bought by people starting a ski resort in western NY.  It was disassembled and shipped across the state, and put back together for use as the chalet.  All wood construction.  it burned to the ground a couple years ago.  You can Google "Cockaigne fire" for stories on it.
 
2014-02-28 10:32:41 AM  

derpy: SecretAgentWoman: Why don't we have World's Fairs anymore?

Disney took over with Epcot.

/also "Eastern Kodak pavilion?" Article was written by a millennial who's never seen 110 film.
//Kept waiting for Tony Stark to show up in those photos


Beat me to it.

This is my favorite erstwhile prognostication
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You have the choice to darken your screen.  Ostensibly, they predicted the Brits collecting this sort of information.
 
2014-02-28 10:32:53 AM  
It's kind of amazing that the ubiquitness of mobile technology wasn't something you would encounter much at all in future predictions or even sci-fi. Hell, even Neuromancer, which I thought was way a pretty palpable view of the future, didn't even envision the common cell phone.
 
2014-02-28 10:34:27 AM  
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2014-02-28 10:36:15 AM  
A fair plagued by violation of international rules, accounting scandals, and financial failure, all in pursuit of nostalgia for a past that never was? A vision of America's future all right.
 
2014-02-28 10:36:15 AM  

Mateorocks: It's kind of amazing that the ubiquitness of mobile technology wasn't something you would encounter much at all in future predictions or even sci-fi. Hell, even Neuromancer, which I thought was way a pretty palpable view of the future, didn't even envision the common cell phone.


Star Trek did it.  Tricorders, communicators, all small and portable. 

No one else did it, because they'd be obviously copying Star Trek.
 
2014-02-28 10:38:04 AM  

Arkanaut: A fair plagued by violation of international rules, accounting scandals, and financial failure, all in pursuit of nostalgia for a past that never was? A vision of America's future all right.


the Olympics?
 
2014-02-28 10:38:42 AM  

Diogenes: SecretAgentWoman: Why don't we have World's Fairs anymore?

I went to the one in Seville in 1992.

Apparently they're still going on.


We had one in New Orleans in '84.  It was a great party, and helped kickstart the urban renewal that the city needed in that area near the river.

But, it was a loser, moneywise.

Still have fond memories of crossing the Mississippi River in an overhead gondola.
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2014-02-28 10:38:51 AM  

oryx: The Lady Gaga prediction was correct.


The hell?
 
2014-02-28 10:40:29 AM  

Mateorocks: It's kind of amazing that the ubiquitness of mobile technology wasn't something you would encounter much at all in future predictions or even sci-fi. Hell, even Neuromancer, which I thought was way a pretty palpable view of the future, didn't even envision the common cell phone.


Well the comunicators on star trek look lame compared to modern cell phones.

Also the most accurate portrayals of thenfuture by people in the past where 1984 and Fahrenheit 451. Instead of being used as a warning they where used as instruction manuals.
 
2014-02-28 10:41:09 AM  
Holy cow! The GM pavilion was the model for the Venture Bros compound! Damn, that's cool
 
2014-02-28 10:42:43 AM  

theorellior: Cymbal: That glittering future was a possibility at one time, but then the religious right came to power, and that was the end of that.

Nope. Peak oil in the US, followed by increasing reliance on the Middle East.


Yes, blame it on something that happened because of something that hasn't happened yet(peak oil). Brilliant!

No way it could be the regressive politics of naive bible-thumping mouth-breathers.
 
2014-02-28 10:42:46 AM  
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Skype!
 
2014-02-28 10:43:05 AM  

SecretAgentWoman: Why don't we have World's Fairs anymore?


I wondered that myself.

Perhaps because they were extremely wastefull, in that all that crap was only temporary? (stuff like the Eiffel Tower and Space Needle are not the norm). Perhaps because of the fact that they were apparently not really a world fair, as they were, apparently, trade shows for companies.

Perhaps the real tradeshows of today has replaced them, in a more sensible manner.
 
2014-02-28 10:43:42 AM  
I don't see any 'Made in China' stickers.
 
2014-02-28 10:44:21 AM  
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                                              Chatroulette - The early years
 
2014-02-28 10:44:40 AM  
Actually this one:
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......is only a few short years away:

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2014-02-28 10:45:55 AM  
The FutureWorld prophesied by the 1939 NY Worl'd Fair was a lot cooler. Totally dieselpunk.
 
2014-02-28 10:46:19 AM  
I went to that as a seven year old kid, and remember seeing some of the exhibits shown in TFA. It was a very awe inspiring and eye opening experience for me, as well as most of the kids in my Catholic school class, most of them whom based their "what I did last summer" essay for that year on going to the Worlds Fair.

The place was mobbed the day I went. The longest line was to view Michelangelo's statue "the pieta", on loan from the Vatican. The next longest lines were for the Space exhibits. If you went into one section, they blasted out "it's a small world after all" every fifteen minutes so you could tell how long you were in line by the number of times you heard the song. And every time they played it people would say "goddamn is that song annoying" and my very religious mom would tell us in a stage whisper, looking dead at the person who said it, never to to say goddamn because it makes you sound like white trash. In the evening they had a Met's game going on at Shea Stadium and by some trick of acoustics the sounds of the crowd carried across the parking lot and you could hear the vendors hawking pretzels and soda.

/yes I had a big old time.
 
2014-02-28 10:46:48 AM  

derpy: SecretAgentWoman: Why don't we have World's Fairs anymore?

Disney took over with Epcot.

/also "Eastern Kodak pavilion?" Article was written by a millennial who's never seen 110 film.
//Kept waiting for Tony Stark to show up in those photos


Wouldn't it be Howard Stark since they are older photos? Or is that way too nit-picky???
 
2014-02-28 10:48:24 AM  

Mell of a Hess: We had one in New Orleans in '84.  It was a great party


It really doesn't take much for the people of New Orleans to turn something into a great party.  They seem to have a parade and embark on a three-day, music and booze-filled bender when the price of fish falls below $2 a pound.
 
2014-02-28 10:48:30 AM  

Oldiron_79: Diogenes: SecretAgentWoman: Why don't we have World's Fairs anymore?

I went to the one in Seville in 1992.

Apparently they're still going on.

I was at the 1982 one when I was a whipper snapper.


<fistbump>, same here!
 
2014-02-28 10:49:27 AM  
I was there when I was 12. I remember the GM ride and Ford had one where you sat in their cars through the ride. We went in the Chrysler motor and inside one or two of the Dinosaurs. We rode on the Monorail. I briefly remember the Kodak pavillion since I had my own Brownie camera. I rememer the Uniroyal tire but we didn't go on that. There was Lots of stuff to see and do recall we walked our butts off all day a couple days but other than those snippets I really don't rememeber much else from it all anymore. I'm just Old now.
 
2014-02-28 10:50:45 AM  
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OMG! The Creationists were right all along!!!
 
2014-02-28 10:51:12 AM  

Uzzah: Spandex jackets? One for everyone?


That was referencing IGY, the International Geophysical Year.
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2014-02-28 10:51:18 AM  
Born in '71, so I was raised during the last gasps of this design aesthetic. Our family home was full of it.

Never realized how nostalgic I'd be for it.
 
2014-02-28 10:52:26 AM  

Mell of a Hess: Still have fond memories of crossing the Mississippi River in an overhead gondola.


That looks awesome!

I was really disappointed in the American pavillion in Seville in '92.

Most of the countries delved into their history, culture, prospects for the future.  Nice displays and programs, engaging films, and pretty much everything that showed their uniqueness and best qualities.

The American pavillion was a basketball court, and a middle-class model home exactly as you'd find in any gated community with an HOA.  Complete with the day's nicest furniture and appliances.

I get what they were trying to express to the world with the house.  But it seemed rather cynical in a way as an actual American.
 
2014-02-28 10:52:42 AM  
The World's Fair from the year I was born!

Of course, we didn't know then that 50 years later serious news gathering would be replaced by 140-character-long bits of inanity.
 
2014-02-28 10:52:58 AM  
I actually went to this one.  I was only 3 at the time so I don't remember much, except for my brother having his picture taken while pretending to hold up the world with his hand.
 
2014-02-28 10:53:43 AM  

lostcat: Born in '71, so I was raised during the last gasps of this design aesthetic. Our family home was full of it.

Never realized how nostalgic I'd be for it.


I do not miss avocado-colored appliances and puke gold wallpaper designs.
 
2014-02-28 10:54:04 AM  
MWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!! F*CK YOU, NATURE!!

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2014-02-28 10:54:41 AM  
Cymbal:

No way it could be the regressive politics of naive bible-thumping mouth-breathers.

I love people like you who long for the days of Eisenhower when 80% of America went to church, blacks had separate water fountains, and women were always in the kitchen.

Well sorry, Mr. Bigot, but just a few years after this "great fair" came LBJ's momentous Great Society which help provide the boost America needed to become the great country we have today.

There is no way I'm going to sit back and have you "it was so much better in 1964" keep babbling.
 
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