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Bill Cotter

Two things of interest in this shot from May 1964

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1) A flock of the Ever Present Nuns with headgear that would look right at home on "The Flying Nun".

2) A view of the VIP seating for the firework shows.

Here's a closer look:

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Restored 35mm slide.

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I remember asking my Mom why there were so many nuns at the World's Fair and she gave me two reasons:

1) The Vatican Pavilion

and 

2) It was summer, and schools (including Catholic) were on vacation. 

With all due respect to the nuns:

I wouldn't want one of them sitting in front of me inside the GE Pavilion (or on any ride except maybe Ford, where they are a few car lengths ahead).  And how did they go to the movies?

With the casual dress they have nowadays, I don't think you could pick one out of a crowd. 

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I believe they were members of the Daughters of Charity.  Interestingly, nuns of this same order appear in the final scene of Meet Me In St. Louis when the family is visiting the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.

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