Category:
Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts

The Demolition of a World’s Fair

The Century of Progress World's Fair in Chicago occupied 427 acres and innumerable buildings, all specially constructed for the event.



Then, when it was over, the whole affair was wiped clean. How? See the article below.










Source of article.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Aug 31, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Buildings and Other Structures, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, 1930s

Swift Pavilion, 1939 World’s Fair

The exhibition hall for Swift's was shaped like a giant hotdog.







Posted By: Paul - Sat May 20, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Architecture, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Food, 1930s

Frontier Circus




In 1962, variations on the popular Western genre reached new and unlikely permutations.

Wikipedia entry here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat May 13, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Clowns, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Regionalism, Television, 1960s

The Great Texas Monorail Disaster of 1968





Somehow this seems like a particularly ignoble way to go, as if you had a fatal bumper-car accident.

Full story here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Feb 07, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Death, Disasters, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Motor Vehicles, 1960s

The Bears of Clark’s Trading Post



I would not have necessarily said that a trained bear act would still flourish in today's world, but apparently the one at Clark's Trading Post is still going strong.

I wonder if they had a hand in training Lulubelle back in 1957?





Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Aug 13, 2016 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Authorities and Experts, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, 1950s

What A Ride

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A Chinese theme park has a ride that simulates cremation. It ends with the rider being passed through a 'womb' and being reborn.

Posted By: patty - Thu May 07, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Death, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts

The Rotor at Kennywood



While Kennywood Amusement Park is still operating, they no longer feature the Rotor. Given its 3Gs of force, in this day and age of tender litigious patrons, I'm surprised any park still does.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Apr 25, 2015 - Comments (10)
Category: Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Science, 1950s

Elektro the Robot





No need to worry about the Singularity with Elektro.

Wikipedia entry.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 23, 2015 - Comments (2)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Puppets and Automatons, 1930s

Counterfeit Ferris Wheel Certificates

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So popular and prestigious was a ride on the first Ferris Wheel, that riders were given a certificate testifying to their experience.

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Naturally enough, this soon lead to a market for counterfeits!

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Original article here. (Scroll down.)

Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 16, 2015 - Comments (11)
Category: Certificates, Diplomas, and Other Testaments of Achievement, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Nineteenth Century

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