The Space Age Never Looked Brighter Than It Did in the Mid-1960s

At the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair, everything was Space Age. From the designs and architecture to the machines and rides, it seemed to everybody that the future was in outer space. Here are some incredible pictures that capture the way we imagined tomorrow — in space.

The Unisphere, a 12-story (140 ft or 43 m) high stainless steel sphere, the symbol of the World's Fair, designed by Gilmore D. Clarke and constructed by the American Bridge Company

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The New York State Pavilion

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View from the roof of the Eastern Kodak Pavilion

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The Pavilion of Austria, (left) Johnson's Wax (middle) and a snack bar operated by the Brass Rail (right)

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The Reflecting Pool

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The New York State Pavilion

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Bell Telephone Pavilion

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One of the Brass Rail lunch bars and the towers of the New York State Pavilion

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To The Moon and Beyond, a cinema that projected a film recorded with a fisheye lens and projected onto the dome (left) and U.S. Royal Tires (right)

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The Swiss sky ride between pavilions

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By pushing the oversized buttons connected to equal size cubes of different elements behind the portholes, the children learn that size and weight of copper, iron, lead and uranium blocks are deceiving at Atomsville, the Atomic Energy Commission's exhibit for children

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This part of Atomsville is used to illustrate the power of electricity. A sign points out that it would take them 30 years of non-stop pumping to equal the electrical energy in one pound of uranium fuel. As the children pedal the bicycles, lights on the panel in front of them are activated by a generator attached to the wheels.

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Anybody can see through this coiffure design, it's made of glass. For Heidi Galaniuk's upswept hairdo, the hair is intertwined with a scale model of the glass tower which will be exhibited in Ford Motor Company's Wonder Rotunda.

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A city of the future offers a dazzling finale to the chairborne ride featured at the General Motors Pavilion

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The Picturephone, displayed at the AT&T Pavilion

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The U.S. Royal Tires ferris wheel

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Dinoland

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The Chrysler Pavilion

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Space Park

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Futurama II, the world in 2024, inside the General Motors Pavilion

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Superhighways with electronically paced cars

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Programmed archiculture

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An undersea hotel on the ocean floor. Visitors could ride the "aqua-scooters" around the resort.

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Mobile Laboratories

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An underwater geologic station

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An orbiting space station

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The model of a Lunar Rover

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A "Weather Central" climate forecasting center

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A group of workers installing an under-ice laboratory that could cut deep into the ice shelf and examine the weather conditions of past

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Jungle superhighways could be built really quickly – with these vehicles equipped with a laser beam that could cut through the trees. Another vehicle will cut up the stumps and transport them to a central location.

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The AMF Monorail

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The Ford Motor Company Pavilion

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The Coca Cola Pavilion

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The aerodynamic three-wheeled GM Runabout, fitted with two shopping carts. It had a front wheel that could turn 180 degrees.

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The turbine-powered Firebird IV, a General Motors concept

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Steven Lyle Jordan

I feel like I just scrolled through a collage of every Gerry Anderson production ever made.