World's Fair Souvenir Scarf
Rayon or acetate
Overall: 28 x 27 1/2 in. (71.1 x 69.9 cm)
Multicolored scarf screenprinted with scene of central globe, and "NEW YORK/UNISPHERE®/ 1964 1965 / WORLD'S FAIR," and framed by scenes of New York Skyline and six pavilions: "POOL OF INDUSTRY," "HELIPORT," "MONORAIL," "GENERAL ELECTRIC EXHIBITION," "SWISS SKYRIDE," and "SPANISH PAVILION."
Located at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens (site of the 1939 exhibition), New York's 1964 World's Fair was the largest of the city's three international exhibitions and attracted over fifty-one million visitors. The fair was organized by a team headed by former city planner Robert Moses and was beset by controversies that culminated in a boycott by the Bureau of International Expositions. Although tensions with the BIE resulted in diminished international participation, the fair showcased American industry and influence through the theme, "Peace Through Understanding," which was embodied by the twelve-story steel Unisphere globe.
Gift of Roy Eddey
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