All the Fun of the World Fair in the 1960s

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All the Fun of the World Fair in the 1960s

Art and design sure seemed way more fun when The Future hadn't happened yet.
December 21, 2011, 9:00am

Other than the proud owner of a set of hella camp 1960s parade pictures, Electrospark is also a collector of photographs taken at World Fairs between the mid-1930s and the mid-1960s. Art and design sure seemed like way more fun when The Future hadn't happened yet.

1939 New York World's Fair Ticket

1939 New York World's Fair - Abraham Lincoln Statue

1939 New York World's Fair - Flushing Meadows

1939 New York World's Fair - USSR Pavilion

1950 Chicago Railroad Fair - "Frontiers of Freedom" Entrance

1950 Chicago Railroad Fair - "Frontiers of Freedom" Finale

1950 Chicago Railroad Fair - "Frontiers of Freedom" finale (a Pageant Play at the fair, depicting transportation from 1673 to 1948.)

1950 Chicago Railroad Fair - Cypress Gardens

GM Powerama! 1955 Futurism in Chicago

GM Powerama! 1955 Futurism in Chicago

GM Powerama! 1955 Futurism in Chicago

GM Powerama! 1955 Futurism in Chicago

GM Powerama! 1955 Futurism in Chicago

GM Powerama! 1955 Futurism in Chicago

GM Powerama! 1955 Futurism in Chicago

1967 Montreal Expo - Germany Pavilion

1958 Brussels World Exhibition - United States Pavilion

1958 Brussels World Exhibition - United States Pavilion

1958 Brussels World Exhibition - United States Pavilion

1958 Brussels World Exhibition - Russian Pavilion

1958 Brussels World Exhibition - Russian Pavilion

1958 Brussels World Exhibition - Russian Pavilion

1958 Brussels World Exhibition - Russian Pavilion

1958 Brussels World Exhibition - Russian Pavilion

1958 Brussels World Exhibition - Russian Pavilion

1958 Brussels World Exhibition - Russian Pavilion

1958 Brussels World Exhibition - Russian Pavilion

1958 Brussels World Exhibition - Floor of the The Belgian Congo and Ruanda-Urundi Hall (Government Pavilion)

1958 Brussels World Exhibition - Netherlands Pavilion

1958 Brussels World Exhibition - Netherlands Pavilion

1958 Brussels World Exhibition - Looking towards the Atomium

1958 Brussels World Exhibition - Lumber Tree

1958 Brussels World Exhibition - Modern Art Glass Exhibit

1958 Brussels World Exhibition - Sculptural Fountain

1958 Brussels World Exhibition - The Canadian Pavilion (Modern Architecture)

1958 Brussels World Exhibition - Floral Map of Belgium

1958 Brussels World Exhibition - A view of the Fair from the Atomium

1958 Brussels World Exhibition - Civil Engineering Building under construction (ca. 1957)

1958 Brussels World Exhibition - A view of the Fair from the Atomium

1958 Brussels World Exhibition - A view of the Fair from the Atomium

1958 Brussels World Exhibition - A view of the Fair from the Atomium

1958 Brussels World Exhibition - The Atomium

1958 Brussels World Exhibition - A view of the Fair from the Atomium

1958 Brussels World Exhibition - Finland Pavilion

1958 Brussels World Exhibition - Yugoslavia Pavilion

Projector Show - 1950s

New York World's Fair 1964 - Chrysler Styling Island

New York World's Fair 1964 - The World's Fair Pavilion (Architects: Eggers & Higgins, NYC)

New York World's Fair 1964 - Chrysler's rocket.

New York World's Fair 1964 - Resting women, Swiss Sky Ride in the background.

New York World's Fair 1964 - New York Port Authority Building & Heliport (Still stands as the 'Terrace on the Park'.)

New York World's Fair 1964 - Kodak Pavilion. Those are apparently the "World's largest outdoor prints."

New York World's Fair 1964 - A view across the Fountain of the Planets showing the IBM, DuPont and 7-Up Pavilions.

New York World's Fair 1964 - Sculptural fountain at the Kodak Pavilion, looking up at one of the large 30' x 36' color prints.

New York World's Fair 1964 - Sculptural fountain at the Kodak Pavilion.

New York World's Fair 1964 - DuPont Pavilion: "Chemical Comedy" and "Polyester Prestidigitation."

New York World's Fair 1964 - Ice-Travaganza

New York World's Fair 1964 - Vatican Pavilion

New York World's Fair 1964

New York World's Fair 1964 (That's a big road map of New York on the floor. I think it's still there. The map is said to have cost one million dollars at the time, and displays the locations of all Texaco gas stations in the state of New York.)

New York World's Fair 1964 - Prosperity in America

New York World's Fair 1964 - Moon Tires

New York World's Fair 1964

New York World's Fair 1964 (Flying Saucers from "Men in Black" can be seen above the New York Pavilion (designed by Philip Johnson & Richard Foster).)

New York World's Fair 1964

New York World's Fair 1964 - Shea Stadium

New York World's Fair 1964 - Paul Bunyan (muffler man) in front of the Oregon Pavilion in 1964. He now resides at a miniature golf course in Lake George, NY.

New York World's Fair 1964 - Chrysler Robot

New York World's Fair 1964 - Chrysler Sculpture/Zoo

New York World's Fair 1965 - Sinclair's Dinoland

New York World's Fair 1965 - Florida Porpoise Show

New York World's Fair 1964 - Magic Skyway (The first part of the Magic Skyway was through these plastic tunnels showing the sights of the fair. The cars then went inside for the exhibit.)

New York World's Fair 1964 - Magic Skyway

1967 Montréal Expo

1967 Montréal Expo - Germany Pavilion

1967 Montréal Expo

1962 Seattle World's Fair - Seattle Center Monorail

1967 Montréal Expo - Habitat 67, Cite Du Havre

1967 Montréal Expo - Swan Lake

1967 Montréal Expo - Biosphere

1967 Montréal Expo - Entering the Gyrotron

1967 Montréal Expo - Dolphin Lake, The Living Screen, the Gyrotron, The Mall.

1967 Montréal Expo - Rides Centre. Gyrotron in Background.

1967 Montréal Expo - Overhead view of the Cocktail Lounge taken from Scandinavia or the Tram. Flagpole is Austria. Walkway connects Man the Explorer wings.

1967 Montréal Expo - Left to right: Switzerland, Austria, USA dome centered over the Telephone pavilion, Man the Explorer.