New York World's Fair (1964)

This photo was taken at the World's Fair in NYC in 1964 - 1965. It was shot by one of those guys who goes around taking pictures and then gets you to buy one.


You can see part of the triple observation towers of the New York State Pavilion, designed by architect Philip Johnson for this World's Fair, peaking out from behind the metal post on the right of the shot. (Those of you who have seen "Men in Black" must remember the part they played in that film)


My mother is in the orange dress and I have the red headband on. That is one of her boyfriends and his son. This was right around the time of her separation from my father. I remember this day vividly.


It is funny how you can see things so differently as you grow and mature.

  • musicmuse_ca 7y

    Thanks all!

    And Tim, that is the thing about pics...they don't age but we do :D
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  • Jeffrey Guterman 7y

    Good thing you bought the photo from that guy.
  • ryman112390 6y

    To the photo uploader and Sanford sis
    My grandpa was in his mid 40s and worked at the 64 World's Fair as a security guard for the Pinkertons. He also worked around Traveler's in that capacity. And he had a mistress who worked for Traveler's.
    Perhaps you remember him or your father (Sanford sis) might've known him.
    If interested in talking further, my email is
  • KBlood 6y

    Love it! My family could have been at the next table -- but my dad would have never paid for such a photo! ;-)
  • musicmuse_ca 6y

  • Cℓαυ∂ια ● 6y

    love it!
    E' bellissima*
  • Tafzeel 6y

    Nice shot!! I like your stream!
  • john iorio 6y

    Thanks for being candid and revealing so much about your family, the negative and positve. Judging from your photo, you look about 3 or 4 years older than me
  • BillyJack 1 5y

    I was at the fair with my mom, dad, sister, and brother in 1964. It was a day I'll never forget !! We piled into the family car and drove from Philadelphia to the fair. I remember putting money into a machine that made a wax brontosuarus right before my eyes. I was born in 1958 so I was only six years old at the time.
    Thanks for sharing your photo with planet Earth (and maybe even Mars if they have internet access). Whenever I think of the NY World' Fair I get a sad, melancholy feeling. Wonderful times forever gone.
  • Bjorn Beck 5y

    Thanks all for visit my New York photostream!
  • AngoraSox 5y

    Wow. Your photograph touched a chord and rattled some cages here at Flickr. Gee. The power of a photograph! You are so cute and your attractive mom looks so fashionable. I'm thinking fashionable because today I uploaded at my Flickr site (in the "Sixties Miscellany" set) some 1964 NYC Worlds Fair fashion photographs from a 1964 Seventeen magazine. Your photograph could inspire a movie. Thank you musicmuse_ca for sharing!
    1964 Worlds Fair Fashions 2 by AngoraSox
  • musicmuse_ca 5y

    You are most welcome!
  • shelle777 5y

    this is neat...i was searching for some wtf photos last year and came up with nothing on gooogle at the time. i didn't try flickr...don't think i knew about it. i can't believe this whole area is rusted and fallen to waste. it was good to see it revived in ...shoot what was the movie that just came out with it...i'll edit when i think of it.
  • ann_arbor_deadhead 5y

    over Mom's shoulder is the U.S. Royal Tire ferris wheel, which is now alongside interstate 94 in Allen Park, Michigan, sans the ferris wheel seats.
  • Jazz Guy 5y

    I pass by that big tire in the left of the shot from time to time. Looks completely different today.
    Trip to Greektown, Downtown, Detroit, Michigan

    I took a train out to the old fair ground site a couple of weeks ago. The old NY Pavilion isn't looking too good these days. The "Tent of Tomorrow" that had the floor designed to look like a Texaco Road Map is in ruins and the elevators up to the towers (which hadn't run in many years) had either fallen off or been removed since the last time I visited. I understand that the stairwells inside the towers aren't in service either. I suspect that they will be torn down as a safety hazard in the next couple of years.

    World's Fairgrounds, Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York
  • musicmuse_ca 5y

    nice shots...I need to get out there myself. thanks for the update
  • Leon Reed 4y

    Great shot!
  • rgs1 4y

    Very poignant photo. Brings a tear to my eye after reading your description. Hope you have had a happy life. I was right there too at this time when my parents were having problems. The fair made me so happy and washed away my problems as a small child.
  • mrykly 3y

    neat shot hope u have had a happy life i also visited the fair with my mother and aunt but was already out of high school and working
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