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(The Atlantic)   50 years ago the world was given a vision of the Future at the New York World's Fair. Then the corporations found out they could make more money destroying the future than building it   (theatlantic.com) divider line 55
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2014-06-04 09:33:57 AM
I don't want the world, I just want your half.
 
2014-06-04 10:07:42 AM
So much of it looks like Troughton-era DOCTOR WHO sets.
 
2014-06-04 11:19:00 AM
"Machines operated by remote control plant and harvest the crops."

They were close.  It's pretty much done by a single redneck dozing off in the cab of a gps guided combine.
 
2014-06-04 11:49:15 AM
Woot! This is my 100th Green Light!!!
 
2014-06-04 11:52:24 AM

real_headhoncho: Woot! This is my 100th Green Light!!!



Robots have come so far!
 
2014-06-04 12:58:15 PM

Generation_D: I don't want the world, I just want your half.


Nicely done. I was going to ask who was at the DuPont Pavilion.
 
2014-06-04 12:59:40 PM
World's Fairs looked boring.

Who was the asshole who thought sticking a weather station under an Antarctic icecap was a good idea?
 
2014-06-04 01:07:43 PM
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Well, this one wasn't far off. Slightly less sprawl than we ended up with but they certainly nailed the car dependent approach to urban planning that dominated most of the last 50 years or so.
 
2014-06-04 01:15:30 PM

Target Builder: [cdn.theatlantic.com image 850x568]
Well, this one wasn't far off. Slightly less sprawl than we ended up with but they certainly nailed the car dependent approach to urban planning that dominated most of the last 50 years or so.


"Urban and suburban planning for the future, envisioned in GM's Futurama exhibit at the World's Fair. "
 
2014-06-04 01:19:51 PM
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2014-06-04 01:26:07 PM
Can anyone tell me why the HELL we haven't had a World's Fair in America in what seems like forever?

I was 4 when the last one was here.

Minnesota better win their bid, cause I'll be there.
 
2014-06-04 01:27:11 PM
i'll go to the one in Kazakhstan though, if I could get the time off and afford the ticket.
 
2014-06-04 01:35:50 PM
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Son just remember you can never use too much Brylcreem
 
2014-06-04 01:37:10 PM

DjangoStonereaver: So much of it looks like Troughton-era DOCTOR WHO sets.


That's the second doctor, right? I just started watching that show, starting with the classic episodes on Amazon Prime. They only have a cross-section of episodes, but it's really cool to see the early black and white episodes. I figure I'll watch all the classic they have on Prime, then get into the revised series. I hope they are all available - it was kind of jarring to read that several episodes from the classic series are just gone for good, discarded by the BBC.
 
2014-06-04 01:54:58 PM

Orgasmatron138: DjangoStonereaver: So much of it looks like Troughton-era DOCTOR WHO sets.

That's the second doctor, right? I just started watching that show, starting with the classic episodes on Amazon Prime. They only have a cross-section of episodes, but it's really cool to see the early black and white episodes. I figure I'll watch all the classic they have on Prime, then get into the revised series. I hope they are all available - it was kind of jarring to read that several episodes from the classic series are just gone for good, discarded by the BBC.


Last I checked, Netflix has some of the classic ones that Amazon does not have, and visa-versa.  If you want to be thorough, here's a pretty good list of the ones available for each service:
http://www.kasterborous.com/2013/07/where-you-can-watch-doctor-who-o nl ine/
 
2014-06-04 01:55:47 PM
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2014-06-04 01:57:56 PM
50 years ago New Yorkers thought we'd have T-Rex wandering around by now?

/wants my t-rex and flying car, dammit!
 
2014-06-04 02:05:14 PM

meat0918: Can anyone tell me why the HELL we haven't had a World's Fair in America in what seems like forever?


Because now we have EPCOT.
 
2014-06-04 02:06:55 PM

Interstellar Blue: meat0918: Can anyone tell me why the HELL we haven't had a World's Fair in America in what seems like forever?

Because now we have EPCOT.


also

generationfilm.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-06-04 02:09:50 PM

DrPainMD: [farm6.staticflickr.com image 850x681]


WTF? There was a functioning jetpack at the 1964 World's Fair?
 
2014-06-04 02:12:49 PM
Wasn't the 1964 World's Fair what they based all the technology on for Batman the Animated Series?
 
2014-06-04 02:13:00 PM

Cheron: [img.fark.net image 850x579]
Son just remember you can never use too much Brylcreem


"Those trees, there, son.  See them?  They're not just the right height.  ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS."
 
2014-06-04 02:14:11 PM

Barricaded Gunman: DrPainMD: [farm6.staticflickr.com image 850x681]

WTF? There was a functioning jetpack at the 1964 World's Fair?


not an efficent or practical one
 
2014-06-04 02:18:58 PM
From the Wikipedia "World's fair" article:

The only universal exposition to be held without [Bureau International des Expositions] approval was the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair. The sanctioning organization at Paris denied them "official" status because its president, Robert Moses, did not comply with BIE rules in place at the time [...]
 
2014-06-04 02:21:23 PM

Uzzah: Generation_D: I don't want the world, I just want your half.

Nicely done. I was going to ask who was at the DuPont Pavilion.


I am sorry but you re misinformed they were formed a later that year.
 
2014-06-04 02:23:23 PM
ANOTHER World's Fair thread?
 
2014-06-04 02:24:04 PM

poot_rootbeer: From the Wikipedia "World's fair" article:

The only universal exposition to be held without [Bureau International des Expositions] approval was the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair. The sanctioning organization at Paris denied them "official" status because its president, Robert Moses, did not comply with BIE rules in place at the time [...]


Fortunately, it was only 90 minutes from New York to Paris, undersea by rail.
 
2014-06-04 02:43:39 PM

poot_rootbeer: From the Wikipedia "World's fair" article:

The only universal exposition to be held without [Bureau International des Expositions] approval was the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair. The sanctioning organization at Paris denied them "official" status because its president, Robert Moses, did not comply with BIE rules in place at the time [...]


BIE is a myth.
 
2014-06-04 02:52:45 PM
I was a nine year old at that fair...very impressive and many more of the things projected came true than not...

I remember the "family car" at the GM exhibit which had 25 quarter sized headlight that were LED. It took a while.

Also the introduction of the IBM system 360.

Much of Disney World seemed to have been trucked to Florida after the fair. GE, Small World, GM and ATT exhibits, along with Hall of Presidents all went down.

I have on on my desk my Unisphere.
 
2014-06-04 03:00:15 PM

poot_rootbeer: From the Wikipedia "World's fair" article:

The only universal exposition to be held without [Bureau International des Expositions] approval was the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair. The sanctioning organization at Paris denied them "official" status because its president, Robert Moses, did not comply with BIE rules in place at the time [...]


Even back then, BIE was a myth, apparently.

/Its not a myth
//giggity.
 
2014-06-04 03:02:11 PM

Stone Meadow: 50 years ago New Yorkers thought we'd have T-Rex wandering around by now?

/wants my t-rex and flying car, dammit!


lh3.googleusercontent.com

If you're talking about outside of NYC, then I guess it could work, but I can't see it as practical for inside the big city
 
2014-06-04 03:09:37 PM
Was 13 when I attended. Remember robot Lincoln giving speech in some exhibit. He malfunctioned and gave his talk bent over at the waist looking at the floor
 
2014-06-04 03:15:40 PM

poot_rootbeer: From the Wikipedia "World's fair" article:

The only universal exposition to be held without [Bureau International des Expositions] approval was the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair. The sanctioning organization at Paris denied them "official" status because its president, Robert Moses, did not comply with BIE rules in place at the time [...]


He forwarded them didn't he? There's always one guy who ruins it for everyone.
 
2014-06-04 03:16:43 PM

Uncle Ottos Truck: Was 13 when I attended. Remember robot Lincoln giving speech in some exhibit. He malfunctioned and gave his talk bent over at the waist looking at the floor


"Welcome to the Hall of Presidents."
 
2014-06-04 03:23:23 PM

Ray Vaughn: I was a nine year old at that fair...very impressive and many more of the things projected came true than not...

I remember the "family car" at the GM exhibit which had 25 quarter sized headlight that were LED. It took a while.

Also the introduction of the IBM system 360.

Much of Disney World seemed to have been trucked to Florida after the fair. GE, Small World, GM and ATT exhibits, along with Hall of Presidents all went down.

I have on on my desk my Unisphere.


Theres a great big beautiful tomorrow shinin at the end of everyday!
 
2014-06-04 03:36:07 PM
I remember looking at the car in #17 and getting really, really excited that we'd have a hatchback like that someday.

As it turned out, my first car was a hatchback!  A rusted out Ford Pinto, but a hatchback nevertheless.  It's been so amazing to live in the future.
 
2014-06-04 03:41:35 PM

Uncle Ottos Truck: Was 13 when I attended. Remember robot Lincoln giving speech in some exhibit. He malfunctioned and gave his talk bent over at the waist looking at the floor


www.mrlincolnswhitehouse.org

"Giggity."
 
2014-06-04 04:04:38 PM

Unoriginal_Username: Stone Meadow: 50 years ago New Yorkers thought we'd have T-Rex wandering around by now?

/wants my t-rex and flying car, dammit!

[lh3.googleusercontent.com image 511x512]

If you're talking about outside of NYC, then I guess it could work, but I can't see it as practical for inside the big city


Hah! Must admit I've never seen one of those before. :)
 
2014-06-04 04:13:45 PM

Cheron: Son just remember you can never use too much Brylcreem


A little dab'll do ya.
 
2014-06-04 04:18:30 PM
The Powers That Be keep feeding us lies about a better and more just future, to keep us complacent and hopeful. In thinking that no matter how sucky things are today, tomorrow will be better.

And then instead they give us Detroit, Justin Bieber, and NSA spying programs.
 
2014-06-04 04:26:14 PM
Picture 9 mentions "Eastern Kodak?"  is that a new company.

Bored at work
 
2014-06-04 04:33:27 PM
The ArtDeco 1939 WF was better, anyway, from an aesthetics point of view.
 
2014-06-04 04:34:35 PM
Um, subby, did you not notice how many huge corporations (Disney, Kodak, GM, etc.) were sponsoring exhibits at the fair?
 
2014-06-04 04:35:19 PM

TV's Vinnie: The Powers That Be keep feeding us lies about a better and more just future, to keep us complacent and hopeful. In thinking that no matter how sucky things are today, tomorrow will be better.

And then instead they give us Detroit, Justin Bieber, and NSA spying programs.


Today is a lot better than yesterday.  "The good old days" weren't.
 
2014-06-04 04:39:26 PM

meat0918: Can anyone tell me why the HELL we haven't had a World's Fair in America in what seems like forever?


They are bigger losers financially than even the olympics are, with no TV deals to float it. Last US one was New Orleans
 
2014-06-04 04:56:51 PM

Geotpf: Um, subby, did you not notice how many huge corporations (Disney, Kodak, GM, etc.) were sponsoring exhibits at the fair?


Yes, I know.  Ergo the headline.
 
2014-06-04 05:39:28 PM

CigaretteSmokingMan: Cheron: Son just remember you can never use too much Brylcreem

A little dab'll do ya.



A great big gob will goo you.
 
2014-06-04 05:49:04 PM

Interstellar Blue: Barricaded Gunman: DrPainMD: [farm6.staticflickr.com image 850x681]

WTF? There was a functioning jetpack at the 1964 World's Fair?

not an efficent or practical one


1.bp.blogspot.com
And not Bat-proof.
 
2014-06-04 05:54:59 PM
oh go cry in the over-hyped, warmed-over socialist dogma that is "Capital in the 21st Century", 'tardmitter.
 
2014-06-04 06:03:19 PM

Stone Meadow: Unoriginal_Username: Stone Meadow: 50 years ago New Yorkers thought we'd have T-Rex wandering around by now?

/wants my t-rex and flying car, dammit!

[lh3.googleusercontent.com image 511x512]

If you're talking about outside of NYC, then I guess it could work, but I can't see it as practical for inside the big city

Hah! Must admit I've never seen one of those before. :)


The first time I saw one of these was at a car show at Georgian College in Barrie ON. This was in the '90's. They had one set up on something like this:
image.motortrend.com
 
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