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Quack Quack!


Quack Quack!

The Worlds Fair Reopens

- Franny Wentzel - Saturday, January 9th, 2010 : goo

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National Geographic Magazine's article on the 1964/5 NY Worlds Fair
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Rich: 30th Jan 2010 - 00:58 GMT

Thanks for the memories. I went there twice, one of the things that stuck with me is, they showed us phones from the world of tommorrow, they were phones with little tv screens on them. We still don't have that in mass today. Oh, I know it can be done, but, not the way they thought way back then. Just something that I remember.

Franny Wentzel: 30th Jan 2010 - 02:32 GMT

The Phone Company tried to put their videophone into service but it didn't get very far on account of cost, the need for a separate line for the video feed and the fact that people just didn't take to the idea.

This site has more on the futures of the past...

davidszondy.com/future/futurepast.htm

Robert F. : 2nd Feb 2010 - 23:28 GMT

I was ony 3 or 4 years old when I went to the Worlds Fair. Many of the buildings are still there. Some in use some not. Many fell into disrepair and were taken down. It always amazed me that they would build such wonderful structures to be in use for such a short time. I lived not far from Flushing Meadows and would sneak in and explore the now empty buildings and amphitheater. My Mother still has a picture of me sitting in one of the "Corvette" strollers! My Uncle worked the fair as a security guard and said it was the best job he ever had because they would assign you to different areas of the fair and it was like being on vacation all the time.

Ivo: 6th Aug 2010 - 10:14 GMT

Simply amazing, especially the car tyre ferris wheel, too bad they didn't maintain it.

Franny Wentzel: 6th Aug 2010 - 10:35 GMT

The US Rubber Giant Wheel still exists as of 2003 - though the description seems to indicate the gondola cars weren't retained.

From www.nywf64.com/usrub05.shtml

Following the close of the World's Fair in 1965, U.S. Rubber's giant tire was shipped to the company's sales office in Allen Park, Michigan. It has become one of the Fair's most enduring legacies. According to Uniroyal, U.S. Rubber's predecessor ...

• Standing eight stories tall, the Giant Tire is the largest tire model ever built. It is 80-feet high and weighs 12 tons. The interior is 120,576 cubic feet, and the tread is half a foot deep.

• The tire was originally a Ferris wheel with 24 barrel-shaped gondolas -- each carrying four people -- that were rotated around the circumference of the tire by a 100-horsepower motor. It was designed by the architectural firm of Shreve, Lamb and Harmon -- designers of the Empire State Building.

• Each ride cost 25 cents and lasted about 10 minutes.

• When the Fair ended in 1965, the tire was shipped by rail in 188 sections to Detroit. It was reassembled in four months and anchored in concrete and steel off I-94 at the tire company's Allen Park, Michigan sales office.

• In 1994, the Giant Tire was remodeled. Neon lighting and a new hubcap were added to give it a more sleeker, modern appearance.

• In 1998, the Giant Tire received another new look when Uniroyal launched it's NailGuard® self-sealing passenger tire. The tire acquired a giant nail protruding from the tread to dramatically demonstrate the product's ability to withstand most tread punctures.

• In August 2003, the Giant Tire underwent renovation once again. The tire's main structure was repaired and the exterior painted. The various structural improvements will ensure the longevity of the Giant Tire for many years to come.

Kelly T: 7th Jul 2011 - 17:42 GMT

I'm so happy to hear about the tire. I'm so obsessed with getting pictures of anything from any World's Fair that now I know I must go to Detroit and see the big tire!!! Thank you so much for this website!!

Jan E: 1st Aug 2011 - 04:39 GMT

Yes the tire is still there, not far down I-94, east of Metro Airport. I was six when I rode it in the World's Fair and it wasn't until many years later that my parents finally believed me when I grew up saying it was the same tire from the ride. Indeed it was.

otl77: 4th Feb 2015 - 08:27 GMT

I was 11 years old when I went to the 1964 NYC World's Fair. This article brought back so many memories! Thank you so much for posting this.

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