World's Fair '67 - The future is made of triangles.

The 1967 World's Fair took place in Montreal, Canada. These postcards show us how excited people were about slanty buildings with no right angles. I have to say, they're more interesting than squares, although I do like squares just fine. Disclaimer: When the world is taken over by aliens that force architects to abandon the right angle and they become hard to find, I will pine away for a nice simple rectangular building that doesn't look like it's in a perpetual state of tripping over a skateboard.

Behold the Gyrotron! An expensive doohickey you can ride on... of the futurrre!!! The back of the postcard says this: "The Gyrotron, a completely aluminum structure, dominates the "thrill" area of La Ronde. Visitors ride through "space" high inside a 217-foot pyramid (right) then deep into the boiling crater of a volcano (left)." Oh, those wacky Kanucks. They got their rights and lefts backwards. Although, once you've flipped the card over, the pyramid is technically on the right. This would be made plain to you if you were beholding the back of the postcard while holding it up to the sun. They shore do things funny in Canadia.

Behold, the Air Canada pavilion! It looks like there's not a lot of interior space inside it, which is probably fine. How much can an airline have to brag about? "Yes, a meal is served on flights longer than two hours. Otherwise a light snack is provided for our guests on shorter flights. The lemonade may contain peanut products, so those with peanut allergies may wish to enjoy the peanuts instead, which are made from old hockey pads. Thank you for visiting the Air Canada pavilion." It's a cool looking building, so it's probably best to behold from the outside and just move on.

Behold the Great Britain pavilion! Their statue represents the three food groups of modern architecture: Tiltyness, pointyness, and shinyness. It was a historical perspective piece commemorating the battle of Trafalgar entitled "Boat Slices on a Stick". Not true. I just made that up.

Actually, in '67 England was getting ready to bless the world with Monty Python (1969-74). Maybe there was a prototype version of Python on display in the pavilion? Early experiments with absurdist deconstructionist comedy being tested on the forward-thinking crowds in Montreal? Maybe there was a pre-production version of the fish-slapping dance or the dirty fork sketch? I'd like to behold that!

Thank you for beholding the '67 expo. Please return your current era to it's upright position and exit the post card in an orderly fashion. Don't forget your souvenir 1967 goodie bag containing complimentary love beads, low grade marijuana, and crab lice. One per passenger, please!


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