The Flintstones at the NY Worlds Fair

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The Flintstones at the New York Worlds Fair 1965 Official Souvenir copyrighted 1964 Hanna -Barbera

If the NY Worlds Fair of 1939/40 was like stepping into the land of Oz, the 1964/ 65 Worlds Fair was like striding into the future of the Jetsons and stepping back to prehistoric Bedrock.

Mid Century Mashup
So in a classic display of mid-century 1960’s pop surrealism, what would be more logical than creating a comic book where on the very same day characters from wildly different centuries happen to visit that showcase of mid 20th century American consumerism and technology – the NY Worlds Fair.

 

Worlds Fair 64 Unisphere

The 12 story high stainless steel Unisphere was built bt US Steel. Nothing like it had ever been built before.

This modern wonderland that opened April 22 1964 would eventually welcome over 51 million viewers from all over the world and obviously all different centuries

A Day at The Fair

 

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Vintage comics “The Flintstones at the NY Worlds Fair” 1964-65 Comic Book

Yabba Dabba Doo…Fred Flintstone and George Jetson share a Belgian Waffle at the Flushing Meadow Park 1965!

Of course it helped that these 2 characters were the creation of the same 20th century genius Hanna- Barbera who teamed up with The NY Worlds Fair 1964-1965 Corporation  to create this official souvenir where the pavilions and exhibits of the fair were as much a star as the cartoon characters.

 A Peep into the  Future

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Johnson’s Wax Pavilion NY Worlds Fair 1964/65

Entering the fair, George Jetson would feel right at home with the modernistic pavilions built in that futuristic architectural style influenced by the jet age, the space age, and the Atomic Age. The free form styles were made possible by modern building materials such as reinforced concrete, fiberglass tempered glass and stainless steel.

A Peep into the Past

 

Worlds Fair 64 Flinstones comics

Vintage comics “The Flintstones at the NY Worlds Fair” 1964-65 Comic Book

The dinosaurs at the Sinclair Pavilion might make Fred and Barney homesick for Bedrock but they were only a part of the prehistoric pageant at the fair.

 

 

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Dinosaur Sinclair Dinoland NY Worlds Fair 1964-1965

 

In the Ford Pavilion Fred could take a fun-filled ride on the “Magic Skyway” in  a new Mustang convertible as he zoomed through the Time Tunnel where a life-like Disney-created caveman waved as he battles a bear and a 2 story Tyrannosaurus Rex roam the land.

At Travelers Insurance, a prehistoric man discovers fire, while the Lebanon Pavilion exhibits fossils 80 million years old.

 Getting to the Fair

worlds Fair 64 Flinstones comic

Vintage comics “The Flintstones at the NY Worlds Fair” 1964-65 Comic Book

While some opted to take the Worlds Fair Special subways for 15 cents , others  traveled to the fairgrounds by car, train,  bus, taxi  or even by boat to the  marina.

There were also regular flights by helicopter  that cost about $8 per person. While most arrived to the Port Authority Heliport at the fair from Wall Street Heliport , Newark and Kennedy  Airports , our Stone Age friends from Bedrock are having a tougher time landing.

 

Worlds Fair 64 Map

The Fair was divided into Five areas Industrial, International, Federal and State, transportation and lake Amusement

 

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Vintage comics “The Flintstones at the NY Worlds Fair” 1964-65 Comic Book

The Giant US Rubber Tire Wheel clearly wowed Barney.

Combining fun fair entertainment with Pop art aesthetics, visitors rode along the rim of a giant white-wall tire soaring 80 feet into the air for a spectacular view of the fairground.

 

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US Royal Tires Wheel at the NY Worlds Fair 964

 Meet The Jetsons

 

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Vintage comics “The Flintstones at the NY Worlds Fair” 1964-65 Comic Book

George Jetson offers  some neighborly parking advise . Plenty of parking at the fair enough for 20,000 cars, prehistoric  flying devices might be more limited.

General Motors Look into the Future

 

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Vintage comics “The Flintstones at the NY Worlds Fair” 1964-65 Comic Book

No wonder Barney is so anxious to visit GM.  Just as in 1939 The World of Tomorrow awaited s you at the GM Futurama

 

eneral Motors Pavilion NY Worlds Fair 1964 postcard

General Motors Pavilion NY Worlds Fair 1964 postcard

The most popular exhibit at the fair, Fred and Barney would have to wait several hour to get a glimpse of the future.

GMs Futurama looked forward to a future of giant skyscrapers, elevated multi lane highways, underwater metropolises, and  best of all holiday resorts would soon be opening on the moon.

 

 

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Vintage comics “The Flintstones at the NY Worlds Fair” 1964-65 Comic Book

 

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NY World’s Fair -GM’s Futurama Ad 1964 -1965

 

Lost at the Fair

 

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Vintage comics “The Flintstones at the NY Worlds Fair” 1964-65 Comic Book

The Fairs theme was “Peace Through Understanding,” dedicated to “Mans Achievement on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe., symbolized by the  12 story high stainless steel model of the earth- The Unisphere.

Distracted by all the excitement, Bamm Bamm, Pebbles and their pet Dino wander off in the expansive  fairgrounds.

Feeling anything but peaceful, the prehistoric couples panic and begin combing the fair in search of their children. Convinced they must be riding the merry-go-round at the Festival of Gas, Fred and Barney  head in that direction, oblivious to the fact that s the children and Dino  are dining  across the way at the 7 Up Garden Pavilion.

 

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Vintage comics “The Flintstones at the NY Worlds Fair” 1964-65 Comic Book

Pebbles, Bamm Bamm and Dino join the other fairgoers  who could enjoy sampling sandwiches from around the world at the 7 Up Garden Pavilion which featured innovative fiberglass Seven Up Towers and unlimited 7 UP!

 

Worlds Fair 64 Festival of gas pavilion

Festival of Gas Pavilion NY Worlds Fair 1965-1965

The Festival of Gas Pavilion designed by Walter Dorwin Teague Associates. A fun exhibit for the whole family where famous chefs gave their secrets of cooking with gas.

Wilma should enjoy “The Kitchen of the Future” where for example you’ll watch dramatically new gas appliance automatically emerge from bare walls floors ceilings as they are needed by the housewife and disappear when no longer in use. Clearly Jane Jetson would be bored.

 

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With the IBM Pavilion pictured behind them, our hapless heroes miss Dino and the kids hopping Huck’s tram. Vintage comics “The Flintstones at the NY Worlds Fair” 1964-65 Comic Book

Naturally the fair was populated with an assortment of other Hanna-Barbera characters like Huckleberry Hound who ran the tram that scooted fair goers around the fair.

 

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IBM Pavilion NY Worlds Fair. Its egg shaped dome carved with the letters IBM were repeated 1,000 times. This was for many their first interaction with a computer

 

 Triumph of Man

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Vintage comics “The Flintstones at the NY Worlds Fair” 1964-65 Comic Book

With its distinctive Red umbrella dome the Travelers Building offered a dramatic exhibit of man survival thru the ages.

 

NY Worlds Fair 64 Travelers Insurance ad

“You’ll experience the colorful “Triumph of man” in a wonderland of panoramic you are there settings Follow man from the dawn of time to the dawn of tomorrow!” Vintage ad Travelers Insurance Exhibit NY Worlds Fair 1964-65

Big Business

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Fred and Barneys frantic search for the kids in the Industrial Area, leaves little time to enjoy The Johnsons Wax Pavilion, Kodak or General Cigar. Vintage comics “The Flintstones at the NY Worlds Fair” 1964-65 Comic Book

Like the 1939 fair the fusion of hucksterism and patriotism was pronounced among Corporate exhibitors.

Whatever the technology, the message of these corporate exhibits was the same: Big Business was building a brighter and better American future.

Pavilion after pavilion, big business predicted that the achievements of the present would soon be surpassed by the triumphs of tomorrow. Each structure flamboyantly beckoned and competed for the attention of the fairgoers.

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Johnson’s Wax Pavilion NY Worlds Fair 1964-965 postcard

Johnson Wax Pavilion’s great gold disk which seem to float 24 feet above the ground and  offered electronic computers answer household questions.

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Vintage ad General Cigar “Hall of Magic” NY Worlds Fair 1964-1965

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The Hall of Magic at the General Cigar Exhibit was the big draw as  a machine blows 12 foot smoke rings 150 feet into the air every 20 seconds.

 

Worlds Fair 64 Kodak pavilion

Kodak Pavilion NY Worlds Fair 1964-1965 postcard

Kodak offered  the world largest outdoor color prints a top  the Kodak Picture Tower!  The Kodak Pavilion offered demonstrations of the new Instamatic Cameras.

New York State Pavilion

 

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Vintage comics “The Flintstones at the NY Worlds Fair” 1964-65 Comic Book

Running into 2 other Hanna-Barbera character’s Lippy and Hardy,  they pass the NY State Pavilion.

Designed by Phillip Johnson, it’s open air pavilion was called Tent of Tomorrow

 

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NY State Pavilion NY Worlds fair 1964-1965

The pavilions main floor used for local art and industry comprised a terrazzo replica of the office Texaco highway map of NY State displaying the maps cities towns routes and Texaco gas stations in 567 mosaic panels

Sinclair’s Stone Age  Dinoland

 

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Vintage comics “The Flintstones at the NY Worlds Fair” 1964-65 Comic Book

Dramatic life-size replicas of different types of dinosaurs were  shown in the exhibit located in the Transportation section of the Fair.

A reenactment of life on earth as it was some 60 to 180 million years ago the Sinclair exhibit was  as life-like and authentic as modern science and research could  make them- no wonder Dino fell in live!

 

Sinclair Dinoland Ad NY Worlds fair 1964

Sinclair Dinoland Ad NY Worlds fair 1964

 Back to the Future

Vintage comics The Flinstones at the NY Worlds Fair 1964-65 The Jetsons

Vintage comics “The Flintstones at the NY Worlds Fair 1964-65”

Looks like George Jetson may have a tough time getting back to the future!

Next: The Flintstones at NY Worlds Fair Pt II

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3 comments

  1. This is so wonderful!! I just posted a few of the images to my Pinterest boards. Thanks for sharing this!! : )

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  2. Pingback: The Flintstones at the Worlds Fair Pt II | Envisioning The American Dream

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