Monday, February 28th, 2011

Wave of the Future

Stephanie

While browsing at the antique co-op on Saturday, I paid $3 for a 1964-65 guide to the New York World’s Fair. Flipping through its pages, I admit that I only had the faintest clue of the magnitude of that event. Build me a time machine and I’ll gladly hop in to go check it out as I’d love to see what they envisioned for the future back in the mid-60’s. Did they consider cell phones with the ability to video chat like the new cell phone I’m considering? You bet. Just check out the vintage Sheaffer ad that Dennis, (one of my pen friends) brought to my attention. You can see this full ad and several more here.

A few other interesting finds in the guide:

Take your own “Electronic Photo” at the Toshiba Exhibition. The Toshiba Pickup Storage Tube “memorizes” the still picture and projects it at any time up to about a half an hour afterward.

Fascinating Medallion City. Beyond the arch is a real all-electric city… with homes and stores, civic and industrial buildings – even a space observatory.

American Airlines offers a good choice of flights between New York and Boston for only $15.45.

Computers at work: an exhibit shows how technical data that are written in Russian can quickly and accurately worded in English.

The development of the telephone is illustrated, and guests may use actual “picturephone” instruments developed by Bell Telephone Laboratories…. The Visual Speech exhibit transforms voices into visual symbols on a TV screen.

Parker Pen offers visitors the names of pen friends from other nations. There are 90 writing desks, and hostesses supply pens, postcards and stationery for this (or any other) correspondence… Parker expects to supply more than a million names during the Fair’s two years.

Once I posted to Facebook about my find, I had a number of people tell me that they visited the World’s Fair that year. Did you? What do you remember?


14 thoughts on “Wave of the Future

  1. this is amzing. I know my late father went to the fair – I am using his Seaffer founain pen now. wonder if he got it there. am going to be in NY in Oct. The pen I have has a dent in the cover. any idea if it can be fixed. patrick

  2. this is amzing. I know my late father went to the fair – I am using his Seaffer founain pen now. wonder if he got it there. am going to be in NY in Oct. The pen I have has a dent in the cover. any idea if it can be fixed. patrick

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