By Christian Kellberg
The 1964-65 New York World’s Fair opened on April 22 1964 and although in operation for only two 6 month seasons, closing on October 17 1965, it continues to capture the imagination. Surviving landmarks of the Fair have appeared on film and TV. The Unisphere is seen in the opening credits of the TV series The King of Queens and The New York State Pavilion provided the setting for the WIZ. Both of these landmarks show up in a float for this year’s Macy’s Day parade. They are a few of the image bytes that give one pause to consider the lasting influence of the Fair.
I only noticed when scanning the negatives, this year, that I had captured the set of the Wiz in the background, which was being filmed at the time. Closer inspection showed a yellow taxi and other stage props.
The site peacethroughunderstanding.com is a board I participate on and is a great resource for information, from the most obscure nuts and bolts detail to the most general of chats, interspersed with lots of photos. I also have an online gallery of Flushing Meadows images.