When the gates of the 1964–1965 New York World’s Fair swung open on April 24, 1964, the first of more than 51 million lucky visitors entered, ready to witness the cutting edge of worldwide technology and progress. Faced with a disappointing lack of foreign participants due to political contention, the fair instead showcased the best of American industry and science. While multimillion-dollar pavilions predicted colonies on the moon and hotels under the ocean, other forecasts, such as the promises of computer technology, have surpassed even the most optimistic predictions of the fair. The 1964–1965 New York World’s Fair: Creation and Legacy uses rare, previously unpublished photographs to examine the creation of the fair and the legacies left behind for future generations.

Bill Cotter and Bill Young are well-known experts on the 1964–1965 New York World’s Fair. Authors of The 1964–1965 New York World’s Fair, they have contributed to numerous other books, magazine articles, and documentaries on the fair. They also host two popular Web sites devoted to the study and appreciation of this once-in-a-lifetime event.

The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.


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When Bill Young and I wrote our first book on the Fair we had no idea how it would be received, as we weren't sure how many World's Fair fans there were besides us. Happily the book sold very well, leading to this second volume. The first book, which is still available, was intended to cover the major highlights of the Fair, with looks at as many of the shows and pavilions as we could fit in. When the manuscript was done, though, there were still parts of it that we just couldn't include due to space limits. The success of that first book let us continue the story of the Fair, this time with a focus on how the Fair came to be, how it was designed and built, the challenges encountered during the two year run, and finally, what happened to the shows and buildings once the gates closed for good. We turned up some rare photos and documents that let us tell the behind-the-scenes story of this two year marvel.

The book is $19.80 (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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Bill Cotter
17242 Van Gogh Street
Granada Hills, CA 91344

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Special Offer: All three 1964-1965 New York World's Fair books for $50 plus postage.

Orders for the book can also be combined with orders for my CDs of photos from the Fair. There's just one shipping charge of $7.15 for any US order of books and CDs.

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Bill Cotter
December 5, 2015