Fair is the four letter world... I mean word... of tomorrow.
And I realized that our concept of the future had changed. The Fair in 1964 represented technology and industry. There were things demonstrated at the fair that are, today, so common place we don't think about them - things like the "touch tone" telephone. Other things from the fair that were revolutionary are now obsolete - like the color television tubes that were prominent all over the fairgrounds.
Even the Unisphere is obsolete now - in 1964 no human had traveled further than the earth's orbit. The "view from 6000 miles" that was represented by the border of the fountain was never before seen. But in 1968, Apollo 8 brought us pictures of the earth in full color from much further away, and today pictures of the earth from space are normal.
But the central theme, "Peace through Understanding" remains important. The fair brought us the Walt Disney attraction "It's a Small World" at the UNICEF pavilion, and the world is smaller today than ever before - thanks to some of the technologies that the 1964 fair showcased. We can see images from around the world, and share ideas and experiences. We no longer need the Worlds Fairs as much as we once did - companies bring their technology to all corners of the globe.
This picture is one of my favorites from the day. It is taken from inside the Aviary at the Queens Zoo (once the location of the Chrysler pavilion). The Aviary has a note saying it was the Winston Churchill pavilion, but I have found little info about that pavilion. I think it is the "World's Fair Pavilion", a geodesic dome that was used for various displays and dismantled at the end of the fair. In its new incarnation, it has a path spiraling through the trees it contains, letting visitors view the birds at a variety of levels.
The picture here is a new vision of tomorrow. Not the stark future of the 1960's, now rusting, but rather an endlessly turning path, where technology and nature blend together.
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