World's Fair books

Images of Modern America: The 1964-1965 New York World's Fair

I'm thrilled that Arcadia asked us to write the first book in their new color series "Images of Modern America." The first two books were a lot of fun, but it hurt having to convert the photos into black-and-white. Happily this new book is in color, featuring completely different photos than the earlier volumes. It was fun to go through my collection of photos and find new ones for this project. There are 160 color photos in all, along with more information from our ongoing research.


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Advertised as the “Billion-Dollar Fair,” the 1964–1965 New York World’s Fair transformed a sleepy park in the borough of Queens into a fantasy world enjoyed by more than 51 million visitors from around the world. While many countries and states exhibited at the fair, the most memorable pavilions were built by the giants of American industry. Their exhibits took guests backward and forward in time, all the while extolling how marvelous everyday life would be through the use of their products. Many of the techniques used in these shows set the standard for future fairs and theme parks, and the pavilions that housed them remain the most elaborate structures ever built for an American fair. The 1964–1965 New York World’s Fair showcases the beauty of this international spectacular through rare color photographs, published here for the first time.

Bill Cotter and Bill Young are well-known experts on the 1964–1965 New York World's Fair and are the authors of two previous books on the subject for Arcadia. Both have also contributed to numerous books, magazine articles, and documentaries on this and other world's fairs. Parts of their extensive collections of world's fair photographs and other memorabilia have been displayed at prestigious museums throughout the United States.

Arcadia Publishing. Publication date: January 20, 2014. 96 pages, $22.99


The price is $20.70 (10% off) plus $7.15 for Priority Mail shipping. International buyers should write for air mail rates as they vary by location.

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All three 1964-1965 books for $50

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