The Future Through the 1964 World’s Fair #ScFiSunday

Wikipedia calls retrofuturism “a movement in the creative arts showing the influence of depictions of the future produced in an earlier era.” It’s tempting to look at the futures imagined by earlier generations and think of them as quaint or simplistic or overly optimistic. Which is why, perhaps, the fusion of apocalyptic and 50’s retrofuture of Fallout has such an intense frission. A great resource for these discarded futures are World’s Fairs. World’s Fairs have been places where corporations, nations, and educational institutions made manifest their best designs for the future. And the New York World’s Fair was one of the greatest. Here’s more from The Atlantic:

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.

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