Travel Back 50 Years to 1964 New York World’s Fair


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In 1964, the New York World's Fair opened with radical technologies and dazzling futuristic displays.

Fifty-one million visitors descended on Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, N.Y. over two six-month seasons in 1964 and '65 to experience innovations like "picturephones," lunar crawlers and Belgian waffles. The Ford Times called it "a lively and lavish concoction of spectacular entertainment."

Though a conflict with the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) stripped the fair of an official sanction, the event represented an exciting time in American scientific advancements. While we still aren't jetting to the moon to visit grandma in her space colony retirement village, technologies like robotic animation continue in special effects productions today. Read more...

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