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

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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.

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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!”

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

 

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