Friday, January 28, 2011

Fascination

Okay, I admit it. Sometimes I spend way too much time with my laptop, just looking at things on the internet. For example, I've saved all these pictures just because they fascinate me.

I recently came across this photo:


Of course I had to look up the source and find out about it. It was in preparation for the World's Fair in New York in 1964-1965. They were bringing in dinosaurs for an exhibit called Dinoland. The dinosaurs were so big that the only way to transport them was on a barge down the Hudson River. The article said traffic stopped along the way to watch the spectacle.

That led me to look up more information about the 1964 World's Fair.

This is how it looked then:


This is how the site looks now:


The New York State pavilion now:


The Tent of Tomorrow now:


And the 18-story Unisphere is still pretty amazing:


Well then, of course, there was the 1939 World's Fair, also in New York. I found these images of the iconic Trylon and Perisphere. The Trylon was 700 feet tall. Can you imagine how amazing these futuristic structures must have been in 1939?



I am also fascinated by photographic sites that show abandoned places. These three are from Detroit:




These final two photos are from a science fiction site called Half-Life. The tall building, which soars high above the clouds, is called the Citadel.




There is something about all these photos that sparks my imagination.

4 comments:

Bearette said...

I love the dinosaur barge photo.

johnrush said...

Keep exploring! Those are great photos to share.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

The Detroit photos are fabulous . There's a "Whatever happened To Baby Jane" raddled look that's rather unnerving .
And the Dinosaur rush hour !

judy in ky said...

Thank you! I agree, the dinosaur rush hour is special. And the abandoned places photos all have a certain spooky atmosphere... there are many of them out there.