World's Fairs

DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: The 1904 St. Louis Exposition

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Today we're gonna' look at another really influential American World's Fair: The 1904 St. Louis Exposition, celebrating progress (As did all of them), but also celebrating the hundredth anniversiary of the Louisiana Purchase, and westward expansion. The oddly fascinating details are beneath the jump. Or maybe they aren't, but the point is that you'll never know if you don't look.

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: "In The Future, All Buildings Will Look Like Bowling Trophies."

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Ignore the nazi crap in the first part of this, and take a gander at that completely amazing Soviet exhibit!

Seriously, that's just an amazing triumph of the Streamline Moderne style (or Art Deco, if you prefer), which is by its very nature kind of futuristic and spacy.

Click through to see! Since this is a soviet thing, that's obviously pretty much an order...

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: "Futurama II" at the 1964 World's Fair

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I know, I know, you're all sick of the boring Futurama films, but this one is much better:

25 years after the first NY World's Fair, the festivities returned to the city. GM decided to make a sequel to the improbably popular "Futurama" ride, but this one was a vast improvement. Rather than continuing to obsess over individualized speed limits for particular lanes on the highway, this one goes straight for the good stuff: Wild eyed empty promises of how cool the future will be!

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: The 1893 Columbian Exposition

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I want to live in a Worlds Fair. If I'm honest, it's all I've ever really wanted, and I suspect it's true of most geeks as well. Combining aspects of a nice safe nonthreatening college campus with the best parts of a futuristic wonderworld and just a token dash of internationalism for flavor, World's Fairs are unbridled in their optomism about a future where anything seems possible. Why, you might even get lucky with that smokin' hot hostess in the Thai pavilion!

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