1964: The New York World's Fair

The theme of the 1964 World's Fair in New York City was "Peace Through Understanding". 650 acres of pavilions, public spaces and displays from exhibitors around the world. Countries, cities, corporations, and private groups set up shop to display their ideas and accomplishments to more than 50 million visitors. Corporate America was heavily-represented, with one of the most-remembered exhibits being General Motors' Futurama, displaying colorful and imaginative views of future society. Collected here are some views of the 1964 World's Fair, a half-century after it first opened -- the last of five entries focusing on events of the year 1964. Be sure to see all earlier 1964 entries as well: The World 50 Years Ago, Civil Rights Battles, Beatlemania, and Alaska's Good Friday Earthquake.

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