Thursday, February 26, 2009

Gotham Plaza at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair

Guests entering the Fair through the main entrance, serviced by the Long Island Rail Road and subway, would pass through the ticket booths and turnstiles down a ramp into this area known as Gotham Plaza.

There's a lot going on in this view, which is one of my favorites from the Fair. Take a look at the group of soldiers trying to decide where to head first. Should they go visit the RCA Pavilion across the plaza and see themselves on color television, fortify themselves with a quick bite at the balloon-topped Brass Rail snack bar, buy an Official Guide Book, or ride off on a guided tour? This view is from 1964, as seen by the Greyhound Escorters that were only in use for the first season.

Welcome to the blog!

I started this blog to share some of the photos I've collected, and to provide an opportunity for people to share their thoughts on the fairs. I look forward to see how others remember the fairs, and what made them special (or in some cases disappointing.) Please let me know what your favorite fairs are and I'll do my best to find some pictures for you.

In the meantime, here's a quick shot to get things started. The 1964-1965 New York World's Fair was what started my interest in the subject and I went every chance I could. Every time I come across an unused ticket I wonder why the original owner didn't use it to visit the fair. I bet they wish they could go back and use it now!