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  1. Poland - 1968

    Disney World still has "pay phones" (They don't take coins. Calls within WDW are free, you need a card for anything else) I assume they're for foreign tourists without mobile phones that work in the US. I'd guess modern world's fairs still have them, but don't make them obvious.
  2. Two views of a bridge

    I could imagine Moses, following his rebuff by the Expo organization, ordering that all national flags be removed.
  3. I've seen several references to "Outsourcerer Mickey" in the mass layoffs following the completion of EPCOT Center. There's much less of that now at the end of a major project, since WED (now WDI) is mostly a design firm. Construction is handled by outside contractors, so no need for layoffs.
  4. I'm guessing the Hawaiians who objected to the US occupation of the kingdom weren't well-represented in this presentation
  5. The Toucan mentions flying over the high-voltage research facility in Pittsfield somewhere in the middle of the show. It's on the CD set Disney released a few years ago.
  6. Expo Services E in 1974

    I'm surprised that more sci-fi movies weren't shot here in the 70s
  7. The Electronic Frontier Foundation offers free certificates now: https://certbot.eff.org/ https://www.eff.org/press/releases/new-free-certificate-authority-dramatically-increase-encrypted-internet-traffic
  8. Pittsfield, as mentioned in the Toucan and Parrot show at Progressland?
  9. A view of Jordan from the Swiss Sky Ride in 1965

    The story is that Disney removed the skyway rides not because of safety concerns, but because they didn't like giving visitors a view of the less attractive utilitarian parts of the parks, like that Dumpster.
  10. Up, Up, and Away at TWA Hotel

    I don't know if it'll last, but I'm seriously considering the TWA hotel for a Saturday night stay during Maker Faire this fall.
  11. "Hazel" TV Show with New York World's Fair Storyline

    There's a reason for that - Newton Minow, Kennedy's FCC head, effectively threatened the industry in 1961. The networks responded with bland inoffensive programming for the next few decades. https://mises.org/library/americas-first-television-czar
  12. A different angle on Johnson Wax

    Too bad they didn't retain that elevated saucer when they moved it to Racine. Though it might have rusted out by now if they did.
  13. Looks like a nice night for the fireworks

    Do we have to go home?
  14. There for just a few months

    I think it's more likely that there was a heater in that stand for the items in the glass case, or maybe the white box is a fridge. That's the power cord exiting the box, not a plug, and it's draped over the top to lead back to the wall.
  15. Let's visit the Lake Mall, shall we?

    That really looks like a crew was dispatched to fix a broken sign, found the pole was broken, and just installed the sign on the closest lamppost.
  16. Can anyone identify this sculpture?

    Canada seems to have a thing for one-eyed creatures
  17. Now where did we park?

    Those are wacky. Have any ever shown up on auction sites?
  18. Soffit lighting. Yet another bit of expo 67 that I'd have guessed was from the 1980s.
  19. One fine evening in August 1965

    Are those wave-like mesh structures railings around the lagoon, or part of a pavilion?
  20. Dumont Duoscopic 1954 Split Screen TV

    I'd have sworn it was a joke made in photoshop.
  21. Where’s My Jetpack? Here’s Your Jetpack!

    Considering the way people drive cars on land, we may have dodged a bullet by not getting jetpacks and flying cars.
  22. What's with that short red cylinder next to the phone? With all of the low concrete things on the pavement, it's like the design board had a meeting and said "everybody loves tripping hazards when they're in crowds, let's put those in!"
  23. The Carousel of Progress at Walt Disney World

    Now is the time, now is the best time....
  24. Inherited Collection - Need Help and Advice

    You might want to check past auctions at http://worldsfairauction.com/ for an idea on some of the more unusual objects.
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