Man And His World
Posted 10 February 2008 - 10:32 AM
What was Man and His World? Was it supposed to be a annual "world's fair" operated by Montreal? One guy said in a article about his visit to Man And His World in 1970:
I have an Official Guide to Man and His World, which someone in our family bought for 75 cents in 1970, and I've been getting a big kick out of some of the descriptions it contains. Here are a few selections:
Cryogenics: "... in the last room, a film vividly describes the emotions of a man who awakes sometime in the future after having been frozen for a long period." Wow, I wonder if that film is still intact somewhere -- I'd love to see it!
Spectrafonia: "Sound becomes visible in this pavilion," it says at the start of the description of what sounds like a wonderfully trippy light show. At the end, "a final room, the 'return to calm', is provided to help bridge the gap between the experience and the world outside."
Space: Obviously, they had real space hardware on display in this pavilion, but I'm fascinated by the last part of the exhibit: "The visitor is given a look at the future, through scientific data on mars and prototypes of new space vehicles and life support systems. The 'trip through space' culminates in a room of mirrors where images flash around the visitor from all directions to convey psychedelically the infinity of worlds yet to be discovered."
Science Fiction: Again, my favorite part is the description of the ending: "...in the last section, a chill, silent world of metal, the bewildered visitor is directed toward the exit by aluminum robots." I love the assumption that the pavilion would have a "bewildering" effect on all visitors.
Strange, Strange World: "The strange, yet fascinating phenomena of the universe -- mysteries as bizarre as UFOs, voodoo dolls, and the Loch Ness Monster -- provide a bewitching presentation on the second floor of this pavilion," where "the unusual is the rule."
LSD/Pot: This is the one that really blows my mind. Here's the complete description: "Drugs in contemporary North American society are the theme of this pavilion on Ile Sainte-Helene. The history of drugs is highlighted and the pavilion's objective is to inform and educate, rather than to preach. In a psychedelic atmosphere created through the use of light, sound, and music, visitors observe displays of hallucinogenic drugs and such administering equipment as syringes and pipes. In one of the cells, visitors participate in a simulated drug 'trip'. Legal, medical, and educational approaches to drug use and misuse are explored."
Very weird! Obviously they didn't keep the oringinal pavilion names either. Here's a photo from Expo '67 of the Vermont Pavilion..
Posted 10 February 2008 - 10:34 AM
Posted 10 February 2008 - 11:00 AM
I've long wished that New York had been as smart as Montreal.
Posted 10 February 2008 - 11:15 AM
Which pavilions were the Cryogenics, Spectrafonia, Space, Science Fiction and LSD/Pot pavilions? The British pavilion was the Montreal pavilion and the Vermont pavilion was the Poland pavilion. Was Cité du Havre used at Man And His World?
Posted 10 February 2008 - 11:31 AM
Posted 11 February 2008 - 05:36 AM
Posted 11 February 2008 - 02:46 PM
Posted 11 February 2008 - 02:54 PM
There was a grasshopper plague while we were there. They were EVERYWHERE, live and squashed. They were all over Montreal. Anyone else know of this?
I can see it now-
Posted 12 February 2008 - 06:53 AM
I have purchased many Expo postcards at flea markets over the years and I am often amazed at how many 1967 visitors wrote home urging friends to visit Expo either that summer (1967) or certainly in 1968. There was a perception, mainly among American visitors, that Expo was a two year fair as was New York's fair. Of course, that was incorrect.
Posted 15 February 2008 - 01:41 PM
I recently learned that a relative of mine visited Man and His World around 1972 but they claimed they took no photos. But just a few days ago I was helping them sort out all their old photos when I happened to come across....Man and His World photos! Most of them are of the Alexander Calder sculpture with the Expo Express bridge in the background but there's one photo that shows the interior of a mystery pavillion. The picture was taken looking at the ceiling. There are lights but suspended pretty much over them are hollow cubes suspended on ropes about two feet apart. I don't know what colors they were because the photos are black and white. If anybody might know what pavilion I'm talking about PLEASE tell me.
Posted 22 February 2008 - 09:22 PM
Posted 14 October 2008 - 01:44 PM
I don't think that Cite du Havre was used after Expo closed although some of the pavilions remained. I visited Man and His World several times in the 1970's and it was certainly interesting but because the buildings were never meant to be permanent, they quickly began to deteriorate. By 1976, most of the pavilions on Ile Notre Dame had been abandoned (although one could still ride the Mini Train through this vacant portion of the Expo Islands) and Man and His World was basically relegated to Ile Ste. Helene. It seems that each summer I visited, the pavilions had changed.
Most of the pavilions on Ile Notre Dame were demolished to make way for the rowing basin built for the 1976 Summer Olympic Games. There are still a few original structures standing, including part of the Canada pavilion, still wearing the Expo circle symbol.
Posted 15 October 2008 - 04:08 AM
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