NY World's Fair 1964-1965

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    My Uncle Tony loved the World's Fair. Between my other uncles and him I easily went at least a dozen times over 1964 and 1965. The Unisphere was at the center of the Fair. He must have taken this from the observation towers of the New York State pavilion. In the background left is Shea Stadium with the El running in front of it. Pretty sure this was taken with his Leica.

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    1. JennRation Design 90 months ago | reply

      What a sight to see!

    2. shaolinmonk 89 months ago | reply

      I wish I went back then.

    3. alpineinc 85 months ago | reply

      Better than most postcards of the Fair...

    4. bobster855 [deleted] 85 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Flushing, Queens New York, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    5. optimuminline 84 months ago | reply

      Awesome picture! I love it.

    6. Brucenyc26 66 months ago | reply

      Damn! Nice shot! This is why they should have a time machine.

    7. Antonio Álvarez [deleted] 63 months ago | reply


    8. kthkrk 61 months ago | reply

      thanks for posting theses photos,i was 12 in 64 and visited the fair about half a dozen times. good memories :)

    9. skyr2008 55 months ago | reply

      Wow, what a shot! I went to the fair when I was almost 4 years old. I remember asking my mom about the colored panels that adorned the outside of Shea Stadium. If they ever restore the NYS pavilion, it'd be interesting to take the same shot now! And not to be nitpicky about it, but we didn't call it the "El", but either the "subway", the "Flushing Line", the "7 Train", or just plain "train". People stopped calling the els "els" when the last ones in Manhattan were demolished in the 1950's...

    10. PLCjr 55 months ago | reply

      There are still El's in the Bronx where I grew up and we called it "the El."

    11. chrisbalton.com 52 months ago | reply

      Thanks for posting your uncles photos I hope you find & post more
      they are all fantastic especially the NY Worlds Fair (just like Iron Man 2)!

    12. d6be80bbdfe04e58ce3d2c2ee14a2208 34 months ago | reply

      Very nice photo, but why You scanned it in so "low resolution"? The theoretical of good 35mm film(like probably Your, especially because of Leica equipment) is about 18 Mpix. - 4896 x 3672 (17.98) - aspect 4:3 (1.33 - photo) or if You want other aspect 5200 x 3464 (18.01) - aspect 3:2 (1.50 - photo) . Please made it in better resolution/quality.

    13. PLCjr 33 months ago | reply

      Didn't realize that. This was the best that was available to me at the time but I now see I can get a higer scan. Gonna try it out. Thanks!

    14. heydavemyers 5 months ago | reply

      I know world's fairs are designed to be temporary, but it would have been great if they could have kept this one just as it was for an ongoing tourist attraction in NYC. Since the fair lost a lot of money in the 2 years it was open, maybe they could have recouped some of the losses if they left it open longer....

    15. heydavemyers 5 months ago | reply

      The U.S. pavilion (in front of Shea Stadium in the photo) was originally left standing after the fair closed. But, the city neglected it and it was overrun by vandals. It was finally torn down. Arthur Ashe tennis stadium is now on this site. Also interesting is the fact that the Unisphere is on the exact same spot as the trylon and perisphere were for the 1939 NY World's Fair.

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