Delightful footage of the 1964-65 NY World’s Fair, featuring Danny, Bobby, and Mom

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We stumbled across this film footage taken during the 1964-65 NY World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Park. The kids, Danny and Bobby, are adorable, and make an appearance throughout the film, waving at the camera or petting what looks like a big hairy bison. Their grandfather, Gus Martens, was behind the 8mm camera for the daytime shots, and spliced in the night footage at the end from a souvenir newsreel.

It’s really fascinating to see moving images – not just photos – of the World’s Fair, and the park at that time. It was fun to see the various performances, along with the structures and fountains. We spied some familiar elements, too – the Unisphere is particularly stunning.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ta8pflFU8Yo]

So as we are poised to move forward to a new year, let’s take a look back in time – almost 50 year in the past – to another era in Queens. Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone!

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  • Thanks for publishing those great home videos of the 1964-65 Flushing Worlds Fair.

    I have many fond memories of coming in from New Jersey to see with it with my Mom and my NYC aunts and uncles when I was 10 years old.

    Recently when driving down Queens Blvd to go shopping at the Rego Park Queens shopping Mall, it suddenly occurred to me that my mother and I stayed at the Pan American Hotel near 57th Street, which I believe was a relatively new hotel at the time with a quite innovative architectural design for the times.

    I also vaguely remember that what’s now triangular shaped building across from the hotel (which is now a bank) was also one of the Worlds Fair Buildings (???) (Maybe someone could refresh my memory about this).

    And of course every time I pass the Unisphere , either on the 7 Train or on the LIE, I think back about “in the day” for a brief moment.

    Would be nice if NYC allowed artists to fix up the Unisphere a liitle bit.

    Anyway, thanks QueensNYC for the memories.

    Hh