“Man’s Achievements on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe”

Weegee, Jet Man Flying Over Unisphere (distortion), ca. 1964 (13149.1993)

This year marks the beginning of the 50th anniversary of the 1964/1965 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York. Running in two six-month segments from April through October in 1964 and 1965, it attracted approximately 51 million visitors. With the official theme of “Peace through Understanding,” the fair was a showcase of technological innovation and a vision for the future.

Alfred Gescheidt, I.B.M. Pavilion, New York World’s Fair, 1964 (374.1984)

Notable exhibitions included the IBM Pavilion with its hydraulic grandstand or “People Wall” that lifted spectators into an egg-shaped theater to view a film on computer logic.  Simultaneously on a lower level, there were demonstrations of the latest and greatest in technological advances such as the handwriting recognition machine, at which IBM promised, “you will be amazed!”

Weegee, [Handwriting Analysis, IBM Electronic Machine, Only 50¢, You Will Be Amazed], 1964 (17838.1993)


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