new york's world fair

Detail of 850,000-buildings plastic model “Panorama of the City of New York” exposition, inside of the New York City’s Pavillion for 1964-1965 World’s Fair, showing Midtown Manhattan and existing building when this picture were made in early 1964.

Foto: Eric Schaal/LIFE Magazine.

De: "New York World’s Fair 1964/1965 Official Souvenir Book”. New York, Time & Life Books, 1964.


Pontiac Deluxe Six ‘Ghost car’, 1939. Built by General Motors and chemical company Rohm and Haas, the ghost car has plexiglass bodywork. It was made for the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair, where it was part of General Motors’ ‘Highways and Horizons’ pavilion. Though two cars were made only one is known to have survived. Happy Halloween!

We went to the New York World’s Fair, saw what the past had been like, according to the Ford Motor Car Company and Walt Disney, saw what the future would be like, according to General Motors. And I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep.
—  Kurt Vonnegut, “Slaughterhouse 5”.

Yvonne Chouteau (1929- )

Art by Elyhumanoid (tumblr)

Although she is best known as a ballerina, Yvonne Chouteau began her career as a Shawnee dancer.   An experienced powwow dancer by the age of three, Yvonne was introduced to a wider audience when she performed at festivities celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Oklahoma’s statehood in 1932.  Yvonne quickly became a sough after performer, appearing at the World’s Fairs in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco.  

At age five, Yvonne began studying ballet.  At age 12, she won a scholarship to the American School of Ballet in New York City.  Two years later, she joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as the company’s youngest ever dancer.

After performing around the world with the Ballet Russe, Yvonne returned to Oklahoma with her husband Miguel Terekhov.  The couple founded both the Oklahoma City Ballet and the dance program at the University of Oklahoma, the first fully accredited university dance program in the United States.

Transportation Building ~ Rocket Port - New York World’s Fair 1939 commemorative linen postcard. (via NuclearBombPop)

The back description reads: ‘Climaxing a six-minute dramatic portrayal of the history of transportation, this gun will utilize a compressed air system to project a rocket ship across interplanetary space in a manner that is vividly realistic. This “Focal Exhibit” is housed in the Chrysler Motors Building. Designed by Raymond Loewy’