This illustrated postcard showcases Sinclair Dinoland, which was one of the pavilions at the 1964/1965 New York World's Fair.1 It was a popular exhibition a half-century ago, seen by millions2, because, you know, dinosaurs!
There are plenty of websites devoted to the exhibit and its history, and I'll get to those in a moment. But, first, a little more about this used postcard. It was mailed with a 4-cent Lincoln stamp in June 1964 and mailed from the Church Street Station in Manhattan.
The addressee was:
Plant Wire Chief
Bell Telephone Co.
31 S. Mercer St.
New Castle, Penna.
And the note states:
This was a nice exhibition. We didn't even wait in line. We are enjoying ourselves but we will be glad to be back on the job for a rest.
Pauline & Jerry"
Not to be too harsh, but are Pauline & Jerry the reason that Americans today can't relax or take time off from work? They're at the World's Fair and they can't wait to return to work so they can rest? Maybe those Bell Telephone jobs were a bit too cushy.
Anyway, we're not here to judge. Much. We're here for dinosaurs!
For the basic background on the exhibit, here's an excerpt from one of the Sinclair Oil website's history pages:
Dr. Barnum Brown, of the American Museum of Natural History, and Dr. John H. Ostrom, of Yale University's Peabody Museum of Natural History, for their 1964-65 New York World's Fair exhibit. Nine life-sized fiberglass dinosaurs were designed and constructed by world-renowned wildlife sculptor Louis Paul Jonas. Animals for the exhibit included the fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex, the horned Triceratops, the plated Stegosaurus and of course the ever lovable Apatosaurus.
"Integrating cutting edge animatronics for the day, the beasts took three years to build with a team of paleontologists, engineers and robotics experts. Upon completion, the dinosaurs were barged 125 miles down the Hudson River to the site of New York's World Fair."
And here are some links to articles and videos that will give you additional Dinoland enlightenment:
- nywf64.com — Sinclair Dinoland: This is THE online resource for information about Dinoland. Be sure to click through all 10 pages for an in-depth look at how the dinosaurs were assembled, the pavilion experience, the toys and ephemera of Dinoland, and what happened to the dinosaurs after the Fair. It's an amazing archive.
- Science Leads the Way: Sinclair Dinoland, by Frank J. Leskovitz
- Vintage video: New York World's Fair: "Sinclair at the World's Fair"
- Video: Sinclair Oil Dinoland Pavilion Dinosaur Statue Spotlight
1. Previous posts about this Fair:
- Space-age pictures from a 1964-65 Futurama brochure
- Maps for the General Motors Futurama at 1964-65 World's Fair
- Colorful postcard from 1964-1965 New York World's Fair
- AMF Monorail flyer from the 1964 New York World's Fair