01 August 2019 Posted.
Yee Family at the world’s fair, August 1965, Courtesy of Jennifer Lee, Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Collection.
The 1964-1965 World’s Fair was held at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York. It opened on April 21st, 1964 and ran until October of 1965. The fair occupied 646 acres and included over 140 pavilions and 110 restaurant and representing 80 nations, 24 US States, and more than 45 corporations. The motto of this particular World’s Fair was “peace through understanding” and showcased mid-20th century American culture and technology.
Notably this fair saw the first incarnation of the beloved Disney ride “it’s a small world.” Pepsi commissioned Disney to create the ride in support of UNICEF. After the fair, the ride was dismantled and shipped to Disneyland, where it was upgraded and reassembled. While most of the structures from the fair have since been removed the Unisphere and New York Pavilion still remain and serve as recognizable QueensLandmarks.