The Fair: Peace Through Understanding #2


Original Caption:

New York -- Audience members sit in grandstands known as the People's Wall, in the IBM Pavilion at the New York City World's Fair. A mechanical system raised the 500 seat grandstands within the building so that the audience could watch a film on the inner workings of computer logic. (1964)

4 comments:

Tempest said...

And if grandstand like this had been designed by Microsoft.....

Oh the humanity.

P-Dub said...

I remember this very well and it was called the "people wall". If you think about the time that this opened you know they would never have name it The "People's" Wall.

Flickhead said...

Just a footnote: in the bonus features on the DVD for What a Way to Go! (1964), there's a black and white featurette of the stars -- Dean Martin, Bob Cummings, Shirley MacLaine, Gene Kelly -- decked out in formal evening attire, taking a subway ("What a way to go!") from midtown Manhattan to Flushing Meadows to the Fair where the film supposedly premiered.

As for the People Wall, I vaguely remember it. I believe it freaked out my mother (claustrophobia). I was too busy obsessing over the Sinclair dinosaurs.

swac said...

Considering the stuff IBM built for the Germans in the '40s, the concept of their People Wall is a mite disturbing.