Sep 08 2014

Mystery Foto #84 Solved:  Henry Ford II at the Ford Pavilion at the 1964 Word’s Fair

Scott Wilson challenged you to identify this historic photo.

Anwers to the Mystery Foto questions:

-Who is the gentleman sitting on the railing?

Henry Ford II,  President and CEO of Ford Motor Company

-Where was the photo taken?

At the Ford Pavilion for the 1964 World's Fair in Flushing, New York

-What was the likely date of the photo?

The photo was likely taken from April 12, 1964 to April 17, 2014. On April 12, 1964, Ford had a special showing of the Ford Pavilion for 2,600 guests. See below Kleiner's Korner. The official launch date of the Mustang was April 17, 1964.

For more information on Mustang history, please visit Scott Wilson's website.

Congrats to Frank Scotty, Steve Lucas, Ernie M., Tim Ivers, Art Kleiner, Phil Pfersching, Hugh, Gary Hammond, Colleen Albertson, Ken Wiebke, Tony S. and Dave Loder who correctly identified the photo.

All potential Mystery Fotos can be forwarded to me at [email protected] .


Howard Kroplick

The Ford Pavilion. Submitted by Hugh.

Kleiner's Korner (Submitted by Art Kleiner)

The original Mustang Ad released on April 17, 1964

The special Ford Pavilion Tour on April 12, 1964


Sep 04 2014 Greg O. 10:41 PM

Lee Iacocca introducing the Mustang in front of the Ford pavilion at the World’s Fair on April 17, 1964.

Sep 05 2014 Frank Scotty 6:34 AM

The man is Henry Ford II and he is sitting in front of the newly released Mustang at the Ford Pavilion in the 1964-65 New York Worlds Fair. the time has to be in the spring of 1964.

Sep 05 2014 Steve Lucas 4:25 PM

That’s Henry Ford II in front of the Ford Pavilion at the N.Y. World’s Fair on April 17, 1964 for the debut of the new Mustang. A week later on opening day, I remember “riding” in one as it took you through the Ford exhibit. Note the full-size Ford convertible in the glass enclosed runway at the top of the photo. As a marketing strategy, most, if not all, of those were replaced by Mustangs by opening day.

Sep 05 2014 ErnieM 8:39 PM

I had a hunch this was the “1964 Worlds Fair” and that’s definitely a “Ford” mustang. Putting those two phrases together into an image search gave me that exact picture with the caption “The launch of the Ford Mustang at the 1964 World’s Fair with Henry Ford II”

My cousin had one of those in the ‘60’s. Riding in that was the first time I ever went 100 MPH.

Sep 05 2014 Tim. Ivers 9:20 PM

April 17, 1964 at the New York World’s Fair
Henry Ford seen introducing the first Mustang auto.

Sep 06 2014 Art Kleiner 7:27 AM

Sitting on the rail is Henry Ford II, at the unveiling of the Ford Mustang at the Ford pavilion at the 1964 NY World’s Fair. Official unveiling of the Mustang was April 17, 1964, so the picture would be that date or one very close to it. Connection to the Motor Parkway (albeit it not in a positive way), Robert Moses was President of the NY Worlds Fair.

Sep 06 2014 Phil Pfersching 6:10 PM

That is Henry Ford II sitting on the rail of the display for the 1965 Ford Mustang at the Ford Pavilion during the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Park, Queens N.Y. The date is on or about April 17 1964. April 17 was the debut of the Mustang to the world.

Sep 07 2014 Hugh 1:51 AM

The photo was taken April 17, 1964 or shortly there after at the Ford Motor Company World Fair pavillion in New York. It is Henry Ford II sitting on the rail near the main enterance. The Mustang is a 260 V-8 convertible. It was red with a white top.  The 1964 Pavillion is round like the 1939 Rotunda was.

Sep 07 2014 mel weed 8:00 AM

Henry Ford is sitting near a 1964 ford mustang

Sep 07 2014 Roy Warner 9:16 AM

I’m guessing. It’s either Lee Iococca or Henry Ford, II. Without researching photos of them for comparison, I’d have to guess Iococca. I remember my friend getting a 1964 and 1/2 blue Mustang convertible when it came out. So I’d have to guess, with the NY World’s Fair being on, that the picture was taken at the Fair sometime during the late Spring of 1964.

Sep 07 2014 Gary Hammond 10:33 AM

April 17, 1964, official debut of the Ford Mustang by Henry Ford II, in front of the Ford Pavilion, 1964 N.Y. World’s Fair, Flushing Meadows, L.I., red with white top convertible

Sep 07 2014 Colleen Albertson 12:58 PM

The gentleman sitting on the railing in this picture is Henry Ford II, at the 1964 New York Worlds Fair Ford Pavillion in Flushing Meadows, Queens,NY he is displaying the new 1964 Ford Mustang, and the likely date of this photo was taken was around April 17,1964.

Sep 07 2014 Philip Santoli 9:13 PM

64 world fairs, fresh meadows, flushing and I’ll guess the guy is Edsel Ford

Sep 07 2014 Jeff Payne 10:21 PM

Man in photo is Edsel ford probably in Detroit in 1963

Sep 08 2014 Ken Wiebke 12:30 AM

The man’s name is Henry Ford II, grandson of the founder of the the automobile manufacturer of the same name.

The photo was taken in Flushing Meadow Park in the borough of Queens NY at the Ford Motor Company pavilion on the occasion of the opening of the Worlds Fair April 17th 1964 which coincided with introduction of the Ford Mustang automobile.


Sep 08 2014 Howard Kroplick 10:32 AM

Tony S:
My guess at the mystery photo is Henry Ford II on April 17, 1964 in front of the Ford Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair. I hope I’m at least close.

Sep 08 2014 Dave Loder 8:54 PM

Looks like Henry Ford II at the release of the first Mustang. The year would be 1963-4 as it was the 1964-1/2 and neither a ‘64 or ‘65 model at that point in time. October was when most cars were released in photos, and some as early as September like the Edsel.
I’m guessing it was at the factory’s showroom, perhaps in or near Detroit. I drove one of the first Mustangs, with a 3 on the floor, and plaid convertible top with the six engine.

Sep 13 2014 S. Berliner, III 11:45 PM

Howard, might this be the highest number of dead-on (or nearly so) answers ever?  Sam, III

From Howard I

Sam, you are correct.

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