VIDEO: Rare Footage of 1964 World's Fair in NYC

4.25.2014

By Neal Broverman

On the 50th anniversary of the World's Fair, take a look at the monorails, Mormon churches, and half-dressed men of the South Pacific that were part of the grand event.

The 1964 World's Fair in New York, specifically Flushing Meadows, Queens, was a marvel of mid-century innovation and optimism. Opening to crowds 50 years, ago the theme was "Peace Through Understanding" and the fair featured many representations of foreign cultures, from Africa to the South Pacific. Monorails whipped through the sky and trams zoomed along the grounds, while recreations of Hollywood's Grauman's Chinese Theater and London landmarks were erected, and exotic animals entertained the crowds of over 50 million (the fair was held for two years: in 1964 and '65). Check out the amazing color video of the fair, courtesy of British Pathe, and keep an eye out for a West Side Story performance and a rebuilt Mormon Church:

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