Friday, September 1, 2006

The Telephone Pavilion

The Telephone pavilion was located on Île Sainte-Hélène, right next to the pavilion of Iran. It was sponsored by the Canadian telephone companies with the theme of Canada and Communications as it applied to Expo's theme of Man and his World.

The main attraction of the Telephone pavilion was a movie entitled Canada 67, produced by the Walt Disney Company and filmed in state-of-the-art Circle-Vision 360°. The 18-minute film about the wonders of Canada in 1967 was projected on nine screens which surrounded the audience. The sensation of "being there" made it one of Expo's must-see films, and lineups were long...

When the film was over, visitors were invited to sample some novel innovations of the telephone industry:

The Enchanted Forest invited children to sit on toadstools and phone their favorite (Disney) cartoon characters.

The Picturephone Set let visitors use a futuristic Jetsons-like phone to see the person they were calling.

Logic and Memory Games was a fun series of games and quizzes involving telephones.

The Future looked towards innovations in telephone shopping and banking, which were unheard of in 1967. (The exhibit even spoke of call waiting 25 years before it became a household standard...)

photos: (from top) 1-2:
3-4: FOS productions

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