The Unisphere, the most recognizable symbol of the Fair, was presented to the Fair by U.S. Steel in 1964. Standing 140 feet tall, it was the World's Fair's most popular meeting place and is the centerpiece of the modern Flushing Meadow Corona Park in Queens.
For an adult admission of $2.00 ($2.50 in the 1965 season), and a children's admission of $1.00, visitors could spend the entire day in the world of the future. In 1964 color TV was in its infancy, computers were limited to large businesses, where they occupied entire rooms with less computing power than an average laptop. The Fair gave visitors a glimpse of a future that was right around the corner, a world united by technology and trade -- and a universal love of strawberry-topped Belgian waffles!
New York mayor Robert F. Wagner and a team led by master builder Robert Moses, chose Flushing Meadows Park, the site of the 1939 World's Fair, as the location for the exposition. Many years before the Fairs, this reclaimed garbage dump had been referred to as "the city of ashes" in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby (1925). It was transformed into a pristine and usable public space, close to transportation hubs and New York City's many attractions.
|The New York State Pavilion|
In the part of the fairgrounds closest to the Van Wyck Expressway, more than 45 pavilions surrounded a pool around which was held a nightly fireworks show. With pavilions from Ford, DuPont and General Electric Pavilion’s Progressland, the Industrial area was a showcase for corporate America. The Kodak Pavilion’s roof was designed like the surface of the moon, and Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen’s egg-shaped IBM Pavilion, where visitors sitting on grandstands were lifted swiftly into a theater. At the Bell System exhibit, visitors previewed touch-tone phone technology that was soon to replace the rotary dial.
|Lake Amusement Area|
|The United States Pavilion|
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- 1964 World's Fair Tech predictions had some hits, misses (cbsnews.com)