The NY Worlds Fair in 1964/65 attracted a boatload of luminaries, but none more incredible than Fred Flintstone.
Traveling all the way from prehistoric Bedrock, Fred and Wilma, Barney and Betty couldn’t wait to see that showcase of mid 20th century American consumerism.
Hanna- Barbera the creator of the Flintstones 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.
Yabba Dabba Doo It’s the Worlds Fair
Lets continue where we last left off with Fred and Barneys Adventure at the Fair
When Fred runs into some money problems he goes in search of a job at where else…the Worlds Fair!
True to form Fed acts just like the caveman he is when it comes to sexist comments, proving who wear the toga in his family!
Boys Will Be Boys
Can Fred Work it Out?
Panicking, Fred decides he needs a job pronto and goes from pavilion to pavilion in search of work. Spotting the Kodak Pavilion, our stone age tourists head in that direction.
Kodak offered the world largest outdoor color prints a top the Kodak Picture Tower. The Kodak Pavilion offered demonstrations of the new Instamatic Cameras, perhaps a job right up Fred’s alley.
General Cigar Hall of Magic
Clearly no shutterbug, Fred tries his hand at magic at the popular Hall of Magic at the General Cigar Pavilion.
Johnson’s House of Wax
Next stop on the job search is Johnson House of Wax.
Festival Of Gas
The Festival of Gas Pavilion designed by Walter Dorwin Teague Associates was fun exhibit for the whole family where famous chefs gave their secrets of cooking with gas, including Fred Flintstone!
New York State Pavilion
Fired once more, Fred’s prospects seem to be looking up at the NY State Pavilion.
Visitors rode up 200 feet in the air in the glass “Sky Streak” elevators to the observation deck of the 226 foot tower- the highest point in the fair. The view of the entire Fair below them was spectacular.
Aloha Fred! Rushing down to the Lake Amusement Area Fred next tries his hand at Hula dancing at the Hawaiian Pavilion. “Drum guitar and ukulele music sets hula skirts swishing in the Spirit of Aloha exhibit!”
Worlds Fair Director – Fred Moses-stone
If all else failed, Fred imagines himself running the Fair. What if the organizers of the NY Worlds Fair had hired Fred Flintstone instead of Robert Moses to head the corporation established to run the fair?
Often considered imperious, the fair left Moses -the uber builder who had built the World of Tomorrow – with a tarnished image of a greedy pompous man who used the Fair to promote his self interests.
A perfect ending for their magical day at the fair, a night-time ride on the Monorail watching the extravaganza of fire, light, water, sound and fireworks. The Monorail was to be the train of the future, but like so many things at the Fair we’ll have to wait for the Jetsons for it to truly come to pass.
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