Miami'S Interama

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All I can say is WOW. This would have been a great fair had it been completed. I find it interesting that they wanted to make it a permanent exhibition and cultural centre.

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Here is the site considered for the 1960's phase of the Interama in 2008, now the location of Oleta State park and Florida International University's Biscayne Campus:

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And the same site with the groundplan of the Interama:

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Interama a few years later in 1972:

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I had read about Interama during the 1960s and remember that it was to be a permanent exposition a la EPCOT. Thanks, Joey for the great links... I've always wondered what it would have looked like had the project been realized. Another "would-have-been" world's fair was planned for Long Beach, CA to run from October 1966 to April of 1967. It was titled Planet of Man Exposition. The Long Beach Public Library has a couple volumes that were assembled by the corporation planning the event and a sculpture outside City Hall is purported to be a model of the proposed theme structure. I've not found anything online about this event; anybody know of anything?

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I have a few news clippings somewhere about the Long Beach attempt and another one in Ontario, CA in the mid-late 70s. The usual hype at the start and finger pointing at the end.

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I cant find any pictures of City Hall other than from midpoint up. Do you recall what it looked like? It would have been cool if both California and Ontario pulled off permanent expositions!

BTW Bill - every time I open a page other than the main page I get the a worse than low-fi version of the site. No borders, few images, no colours ect. I'm using a Mac again, do you know what could be causing this?

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The Tower of Freedom in the '70's version reminds ya of the Trylon doesn't it :)

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Sorry, Joey, I don't have a Mac these days so I can't duplicate the "experience."

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Weird. Now I get the normal borders, colours ect, but none of the smaller images pop up.

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I cant find any pictures of City Hall other than from midpoint up. Do you recall what it looked like? It would have been cool if both California and Ontario pulled off permanent expositions!

BTW Bill - every time I open a page other than the main page I get the a worse than low-fi version of the site. No borders, few images, no colours ect. I'm using a Mac again, do you know what could be causing this?

The sculpture actually sits a little east of Long Beach City Hall closer to the Main Library. In some ways, it resembles the Trylon and Perisphere... imagine a very large Perisphere with a shorter, wider Trylon and no bridge inbetween. I'll try to snap a photo next time I'm there and post it.

By the way, the Ontario fair Bill Cotter mentioned was planned for Ontario, CA, not the Province of Ontario, Canada and neither was planned as a permanent exposition as far as I know.

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Somewhere at home I'm pretty sure I have a brochure from about 1966, promoting the Long Beach Expo.

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Weird. Now I get the normal borders, colours ect, but none of the smaller images pop up.

When something doesn't look right refreshing your browser cache will often fix things.

Usually this can be done by pressing the Ctrl key and the F5 key (Ctrl+F5).

You can find instructions for most browsers in this Wikipedia article on bypassing the browser cache.

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Still kind of amazed that Los Angeles--nor its environs-- have ever pulled off a World's Fair. Especially when San Francisco and San Diego have both done it TWICE!

You'd think it would've happened at the appropriately named EXPOSITION PARK-- where the Coliseum, and Natural History and Science Museums are located downtown:

Exposition Park

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With our current "leaders" I don't think Los Angeles could pull off a lemonade stand.

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Oh, today? Fugeddaboutit. I was really talking about the first half of the 20th century. You'd think LA would've staged some kind of big show for the world back in its glory days-- beyond the '32 Olympics, I mean.

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"Charles Phoenix says he grew up a "child of Disneyland" and that he views the world through that lens."

This is way off topic but since the thread already crossed the continent you west coasters may like to know of NPR's California series which began yesterday.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=106484559

"I was in Paris going down the Seine River on one of their riverboat tours and everything was all lit so beautifully. I said to my French friend, 'This boat ride down the Seine River reminds me of Disneyland.'"

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With our current "leaders" I don't think Los Angeles could pull off a lemonade stand.

According to recent news reports, it looks like they can't even pull off a funeral.

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Still kind of amazed that Los Angeles--nor its environs-- have ever pulled off a World's Fair.

Off of the Link Jim posted on the other thread, it looks like LA had planned an International Exposition:

http://csufresno.edu/library/subjectresources/specialcollections/worldfairs/post.html

1942

Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Exposition [never held]

x Cabrillo Fair [Variant Name]

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Anyone have an Idea why this Flickr Picture has Interama in its title?

Parque de la Ciudad (Interama)

Also noticed this on a spanish site, they both appear to be of the same place in different times. Maybe the tower is styled after Interama's?

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I've added a new section to my site with information on this ill-fated venture:

http://www.worldsfairphotos.com/interama

I have quite a bit more on Interama and will add it if there's sufficient interest.

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I, personally, would love to see more Interama material - maybe even one of your famous books, Bill?

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I don't think I have anywhere near enough material for a full book, Joey - but someone recently did a book with a section on Interama:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=0292723253/waltdisneyszorroA/

Interestingly I contributed to a section on the 1939 NY World's Fair. I didn't realize Interama was going to be part of it or would have volunteered for that as well. It's a great book, though, with some very interesting information and pictures.

I'll be adding more to my site later. I have a number of booklets and brochures from the Interama team and they will take some time to do. It's too bad the place never got built as some of the designs look really wonderful.

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