The dinosaurs spotted on the Hudson River

Imagine that you happened to be near the Hudson River on a mild October day in 1963, and all of a sudden you notice a barge carrying five giant dinosaur models heading downriver.

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It must have been a charming and mysterious sight, so much so that news photographers rushed to snap pictures of the dinos and the crowds they attracted as the barge headed toward the Battery.

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What they were doing on the water quickly became clear: these models, created upstate, were on their way to the site of the World’s Fair in Queens.

Later, they were displayed as part of a dinosaur exhibit sponsored by Sinclair, the oil company with a dino for its logo.

SinclairdinolandUnless you count the ones in the Museum of Natural History, dinosaurs have not left any traces in New York City. Their fossils have never been found here.

The next best thing: mastodon remains. Between 1858 and 1925, the tusks, jaw, and teeth of the massive beasts that roamed the city 18,000 years ago have been uncovered in Queens and Manhattan.

[New photo: New York Daily News]

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9 Responses to “The dinosaurs spotted on the Hudson River”

  1. ronfrankl Says:

    I remember one feature of the Sinclair Pavilion at the World’s Fair. They had these little machines that produced a small (maybe 8″ long) replica of their dinosaur mascot (a brontosaurus maybe) from molded plastic, while you watched. You put in your money, you watched as the molten green plastic flowed into mold, and waited until it emerged from the machine, still slightly warm. My eight-year old self was most impressed. Not sure of the cost; 50 cents maybe? Wish I still had mine.

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    That would be a collector’s item for sure!

  3. ronfrankl Says:

    I poked around on You Tube and found a Sinclair short film done for the Fair. Amongst much other subject matter, there’s footage of the dinosaur machine and it’s pretty much as I remembered! http://youtu.be/CZTdkl_jrCw?t=12m

  4. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Very cool! Thanks for sending it in. I love these old references to the World’s Fairs.

  5. howard458 Says:

    I would have liked to have seen the dino-barge in person.

  6. Krannie Berry Says:

    oh wow!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Mark Stephenson Says:

    The Sinclair Dinosaur exhibit came to Charlotte, NC, in 1966 or 67. My parents took my sister and me to see it. I was four years old. I was ecstatic.

  8. andre Says:

    Know where I can find a higher res photo of the dinosaurs on the barge?!!

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