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Bill Cotter

A bit of Montreal in San Antonio

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HemisFair '68 recycled a few exhibits from prior fairs, including Seattle, New York and Montreal. I was surprised to see that they also recycled some of the infrastructure and not just show elements.

Here's an Expo '67 tram at HemisFair, still sporting a 1967 license plate. The wording was scraped off the tractor unit but was still quite visible. I wonder why they didn't paint it over. And I wonder if these trams headed back to Man and His World after HemisFair ended.

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I get the idea that "recycling" of materials is a good idea, but how cheap is this? Here I thought world's fairs had their unique visions and products and were branded as such? Also, while not exactly "recucling", I am amazed (pleasantly) at how evocative Disney EPCOT is of the 1964-65 N.Y. World's Fair as well as of the long shadow cast by the 1939-40 N.Y. fair (EPCOT's Planet Earth seems very evocative of the Perisphere in spirit and scale—less so the Unisphere).

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