The first "World's Fair on the Atlantic," the biggest trade exposition in Latin American history, opened Friday (12 February) in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Gauchos ride on horses
Gauchos ride down street
Sign on building
People at fair
Sign East Germany
Products from East Germany
Sign - West Germany
Men look at printing press
Amphibious car goes in water
Car comes out of water
View of Fair at night
Spotlight on fair grounds
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Background: The first "World's Fair on the Atlantic," the biggest trade exposition in Latin American history, opened Friday (12 February) in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Industrial products poured into Montevideo from all over the world.There were exhibits from most European nations including the Soviet Union.Most Latin American nations contributed goods, equipment and exhibit pavilions.There were also exhibits from Canada.All told, about 40 million dollars worth of merchandise was on display, much of it for sale.Some 600 industries were represented.The fair is scheduled to be repeated every two years.
Montevideo is the headquarters city of the Latin American Free Trade Association (Association Latino-Americano de Libre Comercio, or ALALC), which is working to create a Latin American common market similar to the European Economic Community.The fair occupies 259,000 square meters of land some two and a half miles north of the center of the city.Its executive director is Julio Cesar Manisse Goulart, a Uruguayan businessman who is a cousin of former Brazilian President Joao Goulart.
One well-received pavilion the brightly lit West German exhibit near the entrance to the fair.Products of German industry are displayed under suspended transparent globes.One notable West German product is an amphibious car, which demonstrates its water-traversing capability in a pool.