World’s Fair ’64: New York
There were two World’s Fairs in New York, ’39 and ’64. I will definitely be posting an article on the former in the future, but this is about ’64, which puts us in the Atomic Age.
It was one of the largest World’s Fairs to be held in the United States, occupying nearly a square mile (2.6 km²) of land. The only larger fair was the 1939/40 New York Worlds Fair, which occupied space that was filled in for the 1964/1965 exposition. Hailing itself as a “Universal and International” exposition, the Fair’s theme was “Peace Through Understanding,” dedicated to “Man’s Achievement on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe.” The theme was symbolized by a twelve-story high, stainless-steel model of the earth called Unisphere. United States corporations dominated the exposition as exhibitors. The Fair is best remembered as a showcase of mid-twentieth century American culture and technology. The nascent Space Age, with its vista of promise was well-covered by the exhibits. More than fifty-one million people attended the Fair, but this was less than the hoped-for seventy million. Still, the World’s Fair remains a major milestone for New York area Baby Boomers, who visited the optimistic Fair as children before America entered a chaotic era of war, struggles for civil rights, and economic uncertainty.
I’d say this World’s Fair best represents the ideals of AtomPunk and the Atomic Age as it was. An optimistic look at the future, the touting of new and interesting technologies and the Space Race heating up. Awesome.
My, if this isn’t the best video, as well: