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Music To Buy Toasters By 

Yes, that is the title of this piece, and it comes to us from the 1960’s and Disney’s involvement at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. 

And although it is a corny title, for what I think is a particularly good example of music, the title IS evocative of General Electric’s motive at the World’s Fair with the Carousel of Progress. The Carousel of Progress was set up inside the  much larger Progressland Pavilion, and was not only an entertainment venue, but a venue for exhibition and a showcase for all of GE’s products. The World’s Fair never dissuaded the aspects of it that made it part trade show, part international exhibition. In fact, it readily embraced it, and most advertisements and centered around the product placement and advertising of the wares for sale and on display in the corporate pavilions. GE, in particular, had an area of Progressland called Medallion City in which guests could stroll through and attend seminars that featured all the new appliances and tools they had just seen in the Carousel Theater. 

But the music itself is subtle, lilting, melodic, and relaxing. Setting a wonderful mood for the Progressland Pavilion, it is not hard to imagine this playing through the speakers as queues of smartly dressed 60’s fairgoers exited the “Carousel Theater” and took in the sights and sounds of the industrial and sleek future of 1964. 

And on a personal note, I want this theme to serve as the background music to my life. 

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50 YEARS OF PROGRESS 

Today, 50 years ago, the New York World’s Fair of 1964 opened its gates and dazzled the world with an array of experiences and exhibits that encapsulated not only the zenith for themed exhibitions, but the frenetic culture of America in the 1960s. 

Imbued with a sense of optimism, technical artistry, and corporate might, the 1964 World’s Fair remains as a watershed moment for pinpointing our place in the 20th century’s politics and scientific achievements. 

There is a sense of history about the fair for the story of Disney, too. Four Disney designed attractions debuted on April 22: it’s a small world, GE’s Progressland pavilion, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, and Ford’s Magic SkyWay. 

it’s a small world has enjoyed 50 years of operation, at all 5 Disney resorts around the world. Mary Blair’s iconic style is now synonymous with Disney’s name and is a hallmark of the warm and evocative spirit that Disney seeks to further. The Sherman brother’s prayer for peace is now an anthem sung around the world.

The Carousel of Progress still spins on in the Magic Kingdom, a touchstone for the values and mainstays of Walt Disney’s personal touch and legacy. The Carousel of Progress’ influence in EPCOT’s Future World remains readily apparent and relevant. 

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln enjoys a place of prominence on Disneyland’s Main Street, USA, boasting patriotic pathos and a tie to both the thematic and the historical past of the United States. 

And, the Magic SkyWay, though not totally intact, still has vestiges of its grandeur in the Primeval World along the Disneyland Railroad and EPCOT’s Universe of Energy. 

But, what is really remarkable about the New York World’s Fair is how much it altered things for Walt Disney and WED Enterprises. It was at the 1964 Fair that Walt Disney began to see the possibility for an ‘East Coast Disneyland’, sparking the development of what would become Walt Disney World. And in turn, EPCOT City, the centerpiece of the Florida Project was borne out of the corporate and industrial alliances that the Disney organization made at the World’s Fair.  Beyond the expansion of property and venue, though, the technology at the World’s Fair advanced Disney’s thematic prowess. Full size Audio Animatronics came into prominence in Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln and the Carousel of Progress. The flume used in it’s a small world was seen as a viable conveyance for use in Pirates of the Caribbean. And Ford’s SkyWay was the precursor to the Peoplemover and the Omnimover systems.  In the course of two to three years, Disney’s involvement in the New York World’s Fair had set them on an astronomical trajectory to new heights of art and illusion. 

Happy 50th, New York World’s Fair. 

Throughout the day, I’ll be reblogging and uploading some of my favorite posts on the NYWF and it’s accomplishments. Stay tuned. 

       

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April 12, 1964

We did a bit of running today and now I’m worn out. Can’t wait for the film to be finished! It’s gonna be great!

-Paul

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April 10, 1964
Hey everyone! Our album ‘The Beatles’ Second Album’ is in stores today! Check it out on our US label, Capitol.
-John

beatleshistory:

April 10, 1964

Hey everyone! Our album ‘The Beatles’ Second Album’ is in stores today! Check it out on our US label, Capitol.

-John

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Astronaut John H. Glenn, Jr. became the first American to orbit the Earth on February 20, 1962. With the world watching the historic and live-televised event, Glenn orbited the Earth three times in his space capsule, Friendship 7. Four hours and 55 minutes after ignition, John Glenn and Friendship 7 returned to Earth and splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean.

The John Glenn Story, 1963

From the series: Headquarters’ Films Relating to Aeronautics, 1962 - 1981,Records of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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Clips from the construction of the Jungle Cruise in Disneyland. From “Disneyland Goes to the World’s Fair” (1964). I love the crocodile surfing! More vintage Disney.

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50 Years Ago

ABC Monday Night Lineup - January 1964

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January 13, 1968: Johnny Cash Performs in Folsom Prison
In a bid to turn around sagging commercial sales, Johnny Cash revitalized his career with two shows that were recorded and performed live for inmates at Folsom Prison.
Check out PBS NewsHour’s report on Johnny Cash’s musical and cultural legacy.

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January 13, 1968: Johnny Cash Performs in Folsom Prison

In a bid to turn around sagging commercial sales, Johnny Cash revitalized his career with two shows that were recorded and performed live for inmates at Folsom Prison.

Check out PBS NewsHour’s report on Johnny Cash’s musical and cultural legacy.

50 Years Ago Today - 

The Beatles - From Us To You (26th December 1963) Part 2

50 Years Ago Today - 

The Beatles - From Us To You (26th December 1963) Part 1