CHANGES DURING THE FAIR

Although many of the exhibits at the Fair were the results of years of planning and design, there were many changes made during the two year run. Some changes were relatively minor, such as new paint schemes or signage, while in other cases, entire pavilions were changed. This page, which is a work in progress, lists some of these changes. More will be added as they become available, so please stop back again for the latest update.

Africa

A roof was added during the 1964 season to provide shade for the dancers.


Early 1964


Late 1964
 

American-Israel Pavilion

Views of the pavilion from 1964 show plain wooden exterior walls.


1964

In 1965 large copies of postage stamps from Israel were added.


1965
 

AMF Monorail

The famous Aston Martin DB5 featured in the movie "Goldfinger" was added as a display at the station for 1965.


1965
 

Amphicar Rides

These unusual amphibious vehicles were added for the Fair's second season.


1965
 

Amphitheatre

When the Fair first opened the Amphitheatre on Meadow Lake was home to "Leonidiff's Wonder World", an ambitious stage show.


1964

The show was a costly flop and soon closed. At that point the Amphitheatre was briefly occupied by the "Summer Time Revue" starring Clay Cole.


1964

That show also closed early and for the rest of the season the Amphitheatre was unused. The 1965 season proved to be a better one for this veteran of the 1939-40 New York World's Fair, for it was taken over by the State of Florida and featured the very popular "Florida Citrus Water Ski Show."


1965

 

Avis Pan American Highway Rides The Pan American Highway Gardens were a tranquil but generally ignored spot in 1964.


1964

The area was much busier - and far more noisy - with the arrival of a Avis go-cart track in 1965.


1965
 

Bargreen Buffet Originally planned as the Argentina Pavilion, the building was turned into the Pavilion of Fine Art after the original developers ran out of money and were unable to complete construction.


1964

In 1965 the building became the Bargreen Buffet, a restaurant complex.


1965

Belgian Village

The Belgian Village ran into financing and construction difficulties during construction, so much of the complex was unfinished when the rest of the Fair opened. The complex was finally opened on August 1, 1964.


1964

 

Bounty The replica of the infamous HMS Bounty was only at the Fair for the 1964 season, as few visitors made it from the main Fair site over to the Marina.


1964
 

Bourbon Street When the Fair first opened the area was known as "Louisiana's Bourbon Street".


Early 1964

A fallout between some of the financial backers led to the removal of the "Louisiana's" portion of the sign in early 1964.


Mid-1964

The area received a new entrance design late in the 1964 season that replaced the bland walls and giant figures with facades designed to look like New Orleans architecture. The words "Bourbon Street" in a variety of fonts, sizes, and colors were added to the exterior wall facing the Minnesota Pavilion.


1965
 

Carnival The Texas Pavilions closed after the 1964 season and were replaced with Carnival, which featured a disco and small amusement rides, in 1965.


1964


1965
 

Carousel Park This area didn't open until July 1964. It received new lighting on top of the carousel as well as a new paint scheme for the 1965 season.


1964


1965
 

Centralamerica and Panama When Panama decided not to return for the 1965 season, the pavilion's name was changed by crudely pulling the lettering off and leaving a very messy scarred wall behind.


1964


1965
 

Century Grill While the guidebook made it sound like the Century Grill would be tough to pass up, most Fairgoers did exactly that. The grill was located just inside the Peter Stuyvesant Gate at the Transportation Area, and it's likely that most visitors raced right past it on their way into the main part of the Fair. The Century Grill did not return for the 1965 season, being replaced by the tacky looking "Steak Town USA".


1964


1965
 

Chrysler In 1964 the main building and rocket at Chrysler featured mostly white paint schemes

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Early 1964

Later in the season several of the panels were painted in brighter colors.


Late 1964


1964

The 1965 season saw much more colorful designs:

In 1964 the mechanical Dragonaut animal was green:

It was repainted in 1965 to a more visible red:

The interior of the Giant Engine received a brighter paint scheme for the 1965 season.


1964


1965

The pavilion also featured an exhibit where visitors could pose for pictures in openings in a giant license plate. A new registration sticker was added to the plate in 1965.
 

Chunky Candy Originally a glass tunnel carried newly made candy bars to a wrapping area, but they often melted in the sunlight and an awning was added to protect them during the 1964 season.
 
Churchill Center In 1964 this geodesic dome-topped building was used for a variety of exhibits under the rather generic name of "The World's Fair Pavilion" or just "The Pavilion".


1964

In 1965 it was used solely for a tribute to Sir Winston Churchill, who had passed away earlier that year.


1965
 

Coca-Cola When the Fair opened there was a blank wall above the pavilion entrance, as seen here just above the Greyhound Escorter:

By July 3, 1964 a new red and gold mural had been added with depictions of people enjoying soft drinks:

Sharp-eyed viewers will note that the curb in front of the building had been painted yellow, probably as the result of people tripping on their way in!

There were some changes for 1965 in the vending area, with new drink dispensers and simplified signage.


1964
Note that one brand of soda was already off the menu in this shot from May 1964.


1965
 

Dancing Waters The inflatable Dancing Waters pavilion disappeared sometime in 1965.


Early 1965


Late 1965
 

Continental Circus/Continental Park A victim of low attendance, the circus did not return for the 1965 season. The space was empty for part of the year and later used for a small collection of children's rides called Continental Park.


1964


1965
 

Demonstration Center New for 1965, this pavilion was housed in the former Hall of Education building.


1964


1965
 

Eastern Airlines Eastern got a new roof and color scheme for the 1965 season.


1964


1965
 

Fiesta In 1964 a large grassy area was located between the IBM and Festival of Gas pavilions.


1964

In 1965 this area became the "People to People Fiesta International Market", more commonly known as just Fiesta.


1965
 

Ford The famous glow-in-the-dark badges were given out at this outdoor booth in 1964. It was gone in 1965 and the badges were distributed inside the main pavilion.


1964

Other reported changes:

Exterior:

• Four Seasons of Fun Camping display added to southwest side of Rotunda
• Direct entrance to the Product Salon added to southwest side of Rotunda
• Big Red Turbine truck added to southwest side of Rotunda

Interior – Magic Skyway Ride:

• All 1964 ride vehicles were replaced with 1965 models for the second season of the Fair
• The ride script was slightly changed, and most of the narration was done by Walt Disney in 1965
• The time-tunnel transitions were different between the two seasons: moving stripes in ’64, spinning wheels and clocks in ’65.

Interior – Product Salon:

• The Product Parade display of cars, trucks, and tractors was removed and replaced with the Philco Show of household electronics and appliances
• Addition of 1965 Shelby GT350 on a new turn-table in the northeast side of the Product Salon
• Addition of Jim Clark’s 1965 Indy winning Lotus/Ford on a new turn-table in the southwest side of the Product Salon (after May 31, 1965)
• The Aurora Show car was rotated 180 degrees from it’s orientation during the 1964 Season

Automobiles along the exterior of the Pavilion, in the Rotunda, and in the Product Salon were also changed from 1964 to 1965 models.  However, many cars, trucks, and tractors in these areas were swapped-out mid-season during both years of the Fair as well.
 

General Electric The popular pavilion often had long lines, and in 1964 they were wound through an empty area next door. Confused visitors often didn't know where the line started, and the crowds made it difficult to get through the area.


1964

In 1965 a covered waiting area was added, helping to reduce some of the crowd control issues while also providing guests a welcome respite from the hot New York sun.


1965
 

General Motors The General Motors pavilion was very popular, leading to long lines right from Opening Day. As large as the building was, it wasn't large enough to accommodate the waiting crowds, leading to long lines in the harsh New York weather.

A covered waiting area was added sometime after the Fair opened. This second view from the New York State observation towers, taken in late July, 1964, shows the blue and white canopy used to keep guests out of the sunlight.


 

Greece When the Fair opened the pavilion was almost all white with one large mural near the front entrance.

Later in 1964 it sported a more colorful mural that stretched across the front of the building.


 

Greyhound Escorters These unique rental vehicles are a great way to date a photo to 1964 as they were only used for the Fair's first season.


1964
 

Greyhound Glide-a-rides In 1964 there were no route signs on top of the tractor units. In 1965 some, but not all, tractors had signs designating the route they were taking. If there's a sign on top it's a 1965 view.


1964


1965
 

Hall of Education This pavilion closed after the 1964 season and the building was used the next year as the Demonstration Center.


1964


1965
 

Hall of Free Enterprise In 1964 the entrance to the building sported the slogan "The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number". This was changed in 1965 to read "The Hall of Free Enterprise".
 
Hall of Science A last-minute addition to the Fair, the Hall of Science was under construction for much of the 1964 season. Some of the exhibits on the lower level opened earlier, but the pavilion wasn't finished and dedicated until September 9, 1964.


August 1964

 

Hong Kong There were two junks at the entrance to the Crown Colony Club area in 1964. One was removed for the 1965 season to provide more room for a snack bar.


1964


1965

 

IBM When the Fair first opened the egg-shaped portion of the pavilion was covered in a repeating series of the "IBM" logo in the company's distinctive typeface. To get more attention at night, several sets of the letters were replaced with illuminated letters shortly after opening day. This shot from July 1964 shows work underway to add the new letters.

The newly added lights can be seen in this view of the pavilion at dusk.

 

Indonesia Unfortunately politics and financing woes led to the early closure of the Indonesia pavilion. Faced with several months of unpaid rent bills, the World's Fair Corporation ordered the pavilion closed in 1965. For the rest of the Fair the building stood empty, with a simple set of barricades blocking the entrance.


1965
 

Japan In 1965 the word "SHOW" was removed from signs on the side of the building, but it was still visible.


1965
 

Jaycopter The first Jaycopter, which was red, was replaced mid-way during the 1964 season with a larger yellow model.


June 1964


September 1964
 

Kodak The "Madcap Theater" area was added in 1965.
 
Les Poupees de Paris When the pavilion opened in 1964 the signage was relatively low key.


1964

Later in the season new signs were added proclaiming that the new 1965 edition was already there.


1964

In 1965 the statues on the roof were removed and new signage added in several languages proclaiming that the show was a "smash hit".


1965
 

Lowenbrau When the Fair first opened the area was billed as "Lowenbrau Munich".


Early 1964

The area was re-named to "Lowenbrau Gardens" during the first season of the Fair. This included the signage on the beer wagon that traveled around the Fair site.


September 1964

There was also a change to the band stand, with a canopy added for the 1965 season.


October 1964


September 1965
 

Meadow Lake Bridge This view dated July 1964 shows an unbroken walkway on the right side of the Meadow Lake Bridge:

A slide dated September 1964 shows a newly constructed wooden staircase:

By 1965 there was also a ramp opposite the stairs:

It appears the stairs and ramps were added to make it easier for those passing by to detour for a visit to the nearby Bourbon Street.
 

Mexico In 1964 a replica of an ancient Aztec calendar could be found on the pavilion's patio.


1964

In 1965 the calendar was replaced by a 16-ton stone head of Olmec. His name appears to be known but not the significance of the piece.


1965
 

Minnesota A statue of "Big Ole", a giant-sized Viking warrior, was added for 1965, along with a Viking ship. Additional Viking displays were also added inside the pavilion.


1965

Unfortunately Big Ole's massive sword proved to be too tempting a target for some rowdy visitors and was broken off midway through the season.


September 1965
 

New England A press release described one of the changes for 1965: A 150-foot ski slope, towering 60 feet in the air, will be located beside the Regional Theme Building. Live skiing demonstrations will be given several times daily.


1965
 

New Jersey In 1965 a bright yellow stripe was added to a roof facing the New York State Pavilion observation towers with the message:
New York and World's Fair Souvenirs See Them Made Here
Free Drawings Everyday


1964


1965

Another change took place between seasons. In 1964 the main entrance to the pavilion featured copies of the state seal on either side of the name, with several small photos in the center section.


1964

Only one large state seal was there in 1965, and the photos were gone.


1965
 

New York City Building When the Fair first opened the New York City Building featured two major exhibits, which were both prominently featured on signage on the building side that faced the Unisphere. The giant panorama model of the city lasted both seasons, but you had to look fast to see the other one, "Dick Button's Ice-Travagaza".


1964

The ice show was one of the first to close, due to low attendance, and the sign was covered over for the remainder of the 1964 season.


1964

In 1965 the sign was revised to list the panorama, much like the one on the other side of the wall that was first seen in 1964. The two signs weren't identical, though, as the different number of letters originally in the sign for the ice show meant that the letters had to be spaced out slightly differently.


1965
 

Oklahoma One of the kiosks became a Chicken Delight restaurant for the 1965 season.


1965
 

Pan American Highway Gardens The gardens were a tranquil but generally ignored spot in 1964.


1964

The area was much busier - and far more noisy - with the arrival of a Avis go-cart track in 1965.


1965
 

Paris When the pavilion first opened the designers somehow had neglected to have any signage listing its name, which was added several weeks later. The wooden sculpture located at the entrance in 1964 was replaced by a group of flagpoles flying the French flag for 1965 - along with larger signage.


1964


1964


1965
 

Pavilion of Fine Art Originally planned as the Argentina Pavilion, the building was turned into the Pavilion of Fine Art after the original developers ran out of money and were unable to complete construction.


1964

In 1965 the building became the Bargreen Buffet, a restaurant complex.


1965

Pennsylvania This exhibit was added for the 1965 season.


1965
 

Pepsi Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs were part of the Disney characters seen at or near the Pepsi Pavilion in 1964.


1964

They were replaced for the 1965 season by Chip ' Dale.


1965
 

Polynesia In 1964 the Polynesia Restaurant had small covers near the stage areas to block some of the sunlight. More substantial covers were added for 1965.


1964


1965
 

Port Authority In 1964 there were two Sikorsky helicopters on display outside the pavilion.


1964


1964

The 1965 season featured a vintage Ford Tri-Motor airplane as part of an American Airlines exhibit. When the Fair first re-opened for the season the plane was surrounded by a small chain, and was in front of a blank wall. By June the chain had been replaced by a more formidable fence, and the wall sported aviation artwork.


May 1965


September 1965
 

Protestant and Orthodox Center When the pavilion opened the Coventry Charred Cross exhibit used ornate silver lettering.


Early 1964

By September 1964 the lettering was changed to a simpler gold style.


Later 1964

The lettering was a problem throughout both seasons. Pictures often show letters were missing, either from falling off or being pried off by vandals and/or souvenir hunters.

 

RCA When the Fair first opened the sign outside RCA proclaimed it the

OFFICIAL COLOR TV
COMMUNICATIONS CENTER


Early 1964

By August 1964 the sign had been changed to read

COLOR TELEVISION
SEE A COLOR TELEVISION STUDIO
SEE YOURSELF ON COLOR TELEVISION


August 1964

The odd spacing between several of the words would remain that way for the rest of the Fair. The words "COLOR" were changed, though, by September 1964 to use colored letters instead of the original all-back ones.


September 1964
 

Santa Maria In 1965 the ship's name was added at the entrance gate and the ship's stern, starboard side, and crow's nest.


1964


1965

Also for 1965, a small restaurant under a tent was added at the admission gate in an area that was a gravel path for the first season.


1964


1965
 

Sierra Leone Economic woes led to the closure of this pavilion at the end of the 1964 season. The building became the United Nations pavilion in 1965.


1964


1965
 

Simmons In 1964 the pavilion listed "Land of Enchantment and Rest Alcoves" on its signage. In 1965 the Land of Enchantment was gone.


1964


1965
 

Sinclair This display of baby brontosauruses was added for the 1965 season.


1965

The bird flying over the eggs disappeared sometime during the year.
 

Steak Town USA This restaurant replaced the Century Grill for the 1965 season.


1964


1965
 

Swiss Sky Ride In 1964 the support pylons were white. The faces were painted red in 1965, with the sides left white.


1964


1965
 

Texas Pavilions The Texas Pavilions closed after the 1964 season and were replaced with the Carnival Disco and small amusement rides in 1965.


1964


1965
 

Tower of Light When the pavilion first opened the name of the show inside, "The Brightest Show on Earth," was included on the signage at the pavilion entrance.


May 1964

"The Brightest Show on Earth" sign was gone by June 1964.


October 1964

The pavilion had a new show for 1965, "Holiday With Light."
 

Tower of the Four Winds Disney's fanciful tower outside the Pepsi-Cola Pavilion featured a yellow frame in 1964 and was repainted white for 1965.


1964


1965

 

Transportation & Travel In 1964 Allied Van Lines had a display behind the main building featuring a large orange moving van, and the U.S. Army showed off a moveable scissor bridge.


1964

In 1965 they were replaced by an exhibit on the U.S. Navy's Polaris missile and a Nashua mobile home display.


1965
 

Travelers Insurance In 1964 the roof was painted a solid red.


1964 - Travelers is in the lower left

A "T" in a white circle was added for 1965.


1965
 

United Nations When Sierra Leone decided not to return for the 1965 season the pavilion got a new paint job and a new owner, resurfacing as the Pavilion of the United Nations.


1964


1965
 

United States The sign at the entrance to the pavilion went through numerous changes during the Fair. At first it sported just the pavilion's name and a raised eagle.

At some point in early 1964 the name and title of "Norman K. Winston, Commissioner" was added.

This new signage didn't last long and was quickly and crudely covered over.

The next change saw the "Norman K. Winston, Commissioner" wording moved to the lower right.

All of those visitors posing for pictures quickly took a toll on the lights at the base of the sign, resulting in misalignment or complete destruction.

In 1965 a small guardrail was then added to protect the lights, with additional security provided by the Boy Scouts.


1965

1965 also saw the introduction of a new display, "The Hall of Presidents." It featured memorabilia from the nation's chief executives, not robotic figures like the later show at Walt Disney World.


1965.

United States Space Park The X-15 mock-up was updated between seasons from an X-15-1 (tail number 66670) to represent the re-built version of the second X-15 aircraft, the X-15A-2 (tail number 66671). New external propellant tanks were added to it as well


1964


1965
 

Unknown snack bar A small snack bar was added for 1965 to a vacant slice of land between the Guinea and Sermons from Science pavilions.


1965
 

Unknown souvenir stands A small souvenir stand was added in 1965 at the intersection of the Avenue of Commerce and the Court of the Sun, just behind the Industrial Common and the Tiparillo Bandstand. It can be seen just above the oval-shaped Family Phone Booth.


1964


1965

Another souvenir stand was also added to the area for 1965. It can be seen at the bottom of the 1965 view of the General Electric waiting area, located earlier on this page. It evidently sold film as well as other items.


1964


1965
 

U.S. Royal Giant Tire When the Fair first opened the hub caps on the Giant Tire read "US Rubber".


Early 1964

The hub caps were changed in late July or early August 1964 to reflect the parent company, UniRoyal, as part of a company-wide rebranding.


Mid 1964

Vatican The Father Mendel Garden of Heredity was added for 1965. The area used was a grass lawn in 1964. The garden was formally dedicated on June 20, 1965.


1965

Venezuela In 1964 the entrance area featured a small plaza and garden.


1964

In 1965 a statue of Simon Bolivar was added.


July 2, 1965

Actually, there were two different statues of Simon Bolivar! The one pictured above was replaced later that month with a different one. It was on the same pedestal, but the actual bust itself is completely different.


July 1965
 

WBT 2,000 Tribes In 1964 the two totem poles at the side of the building were partially blocked off by plants.


1964

The area around the totem poles became a photo opportunity site in 1965, with a larger concrete pad, signage for the pavilion, and a short walkway from the street.


1965

West Virginia

The West Virginia pavilion featured a pleasant patio looking at one end during the 1964 season.


1964

The area was rebuilt for the 1965 season as a rather unattractive indoor dining area. The addition doesn't match the rest of the pavilion design at all. A new sign with the pavilion's name was added as well.


1965

World's Fair Pavilion In 1964 this geodesic dome-topped building was used for a variety of exhibits under the rather generic name of "The World's Fair Pavilion" or just "The Pavilion".


1964

In 1965 it was used solely for a tribute to Sir Winston Churchill, who had passed away earlier that year.


1965

 

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