A Vision of the Future

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posted on Feb, 11 2013 @ 05:31 PM
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In 1967 it was Canada's centennial, A big celebration it was also Montreal's 325th birthday.
And at the same time in Montreal the International exposition! 1967 is also known as the last
good year.

This was the height of social optimism in north America with great visions of the future
of man kind. The ultimate expression of a dream of the future realized in a record breaking
Expo.The Expo far surpassed all ticket sale expectations. Over 60 million in attendance,
also the per capita record was also broken because at the time Canada's population was
just 20 million! Thats right for every person in Canada 3 attended this Expo, a phenomenal
success! And no other official world expo since has ever been as successful.

So sit back and relax and prepare yourself to be utterly amazed at the scale and extent of
this Expo Which took place against all odds. There is a lot to take in and It is my intention to
be as thural as possible so I'm going to start at the beginning and include lots of videos and
pictures to illustrate how unbelievably impressive this all was and to also include my own
pictures of my 2012 visit of what remains.

Here is a small taste to suck you in: The crazy looking building is habitat 67.









These pictures are just a very small portion of what Expo 67 was.

Habitat 67 was designed by famous architect Moshe Safdie as a housing complex.
Habitat 67 was meant to showcase affordable modern living. (my son said it looks
like something from Minecraft) Today you can get one modual for around $250,000!
This was part of the Expo 67.

In 1962 Canada was awarded the right to host the expo after Russia canceled.
The theme for the expo was "Man and His World" but there were huge obstacles to overcome
for Montreal's mayor Jean Drapo. Montreal at the time had no room to host the Expo so a plan
was hatched take the earth from Montreals subway expansion and make a man made island.
The island was called Île Sainte-Hélène Island after the construction the island was renamed
Île Notre-Dame. Construction began on August 13, 1963. So many things came close to sealing
the doom of this Expo but persevered against all odds.

Video description below.



This video is about a large problem they had no place to put the expo so they built 2 islands
from scratch.

Opening day April 27, 1967 9:30 am sharp. (atomic clock sharp to be specific) The first day
approximately 335,000 people showed up. Impressive since 200,000 were expected.
It hosted 62 country's and had 90 pavilions representing different country's,cultures
and themes. Prepare to be amazed by the futuristic look of Expo 1967 its utterly
breath taking.

What you are about to see in this video was all constructed in just 4 short years! This Expo
showcased some of the most advanced modern building techniques of the time and all of
it was designed to last just 6 months!

Opening day. Video description found below.




This video is about the Expos opening day ceremony.

The Exposition showcased what the people of the time envisioned the future was going
to be like. Including a monorail transportation system which a small portion of it still
exists today at the LaRonde Amusement park now leased by Six Flags. You can walk
around the former Expo site,now renamed Park Jean Drapo in honor of Jean Drapo.
Me and my family explored this park for Two full days looking for what remains of
Expo 67 what we found was very interesting we only got to explore maybe 5% of the
park by foot and have intentions of going back in two years or maybe this summer
to do some more looking around. If you have never been to Montreal you are truly
missing out, funnest time I have ever had on vacation.I love Montreal and the people
that are there.

Interesting enough the USSR pavilion was the most popular bringing in 23 million
visitors!And What an impressive pavilion! The Canadian pavilion 11 million,the
United States pavilion 9 million and France at almost 9 million. There was a lot
of controversy with the USA pavilion protests denouncing the United States
involvement with the Vietnam war. A visit by the former United stated president
of the time Lyndon B. Johnson only fueled the protest. The USA pavilion and
the France pavilion still stand today. The USA pavilion is also extremely
impressive I know because I went there in 2012 It is now the bio sphere.
Extremely interesting place. The Franc pavillion is now a casino. I wanted to go
inside but we had kids,access denied!

All in all things went quite smooth. Those who attended will never forget it,And state
it was the highlight of there lives. I was not even born when this took place,all I can
do is historical research to relive this interesting point in history. It actually makes
me quite sad that I can never see it because it is long gone but the remnants
remain here and there in park Jean Drapo and around Montreal. Visiting the LaRonde
Amusement park you can actually ride some of the remaining history!

I wish the future they envisioned became reality a society focused on getting along
and working together,a society focused on pedestrians and not cars.Community
and not individualism. What I always want to Know is what killed this optimism
for the future?

I will post more videos and pictures throughout this thread.
And maybe if this goes over well a part 2?

So here is some videos and more pics!

This one is also in English French words at first though sorry.









Have patients this is in English.















More pics and videos to come!!
I hope you all enjoy this.
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posted on Feb, 11 2013 @ 05:51 PM
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This is my gift to you all ATS this the most effort I have ever put into a thread enjoy.

Any questions feel free to ask.

Here is a video of the USA pavilion



posted on Feb, 11 2013 @ 05:55 PM
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This is an old film hope you don't mind the noise.



This video shows most of Expo 67



posted on Feb, 11 2013 @ 06:00 PM
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This video is the Russian pavillion



This video shows the Russian pavilion in detail.



posted on Feb, 11 2013 @ 06:09 PM
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The Expo express!!! self explanatory.




posted on Feb, 11 2013 @ 06:25 PM
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Another video showing the Expo grounds




posted on Feb, 11 2013 @ 07:55 PM
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posted on Feb, 11 2013 @ 08:05 PM
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Constructing the USA pavillion.





posted on Feb, 12 2013 @ 11:54 AM
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Very cool thread I have not watched all of the videos yet but what I have watched and seen is just awsome. The pictures are cool as well. I will try to watch all of the videos later. It's nice to see threads about something different and interesting for a change. I have stayed away from this place lately cause of the crap that has been all over the site. Good to see a good one.



posted on Feb, 12 2013 @ 06:56 PM
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Originally posted by usmc0311
Very cool thread I have not watched all of the videos yet but what I have watched and seen is just awsome. The pictures are cool as well. I will try to watch all of the videos later. It's nice to see threads about something different and interesting for a change. I have stayed away from this place lately cause of the crap that has been all over the site. Good to see a good one.



Your reply made all the difference for me. I am just glad someone appreciates it.
I absolutely love the history of expo 67 its a wonderful story how it all happened.
Before I read your post I was pretty bummed out but You actually made me feel better Thank you!





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