For those who recall the New York World’s Fair which ran from 1963 to1965, some of you may also remember one particular exhibit which featured a machine that spewed giant smoke rings in the air. Now, the smoke machine certainly wasn’t one of the more spectacular exhibits at the fair — in fact all it did was blow smoke rings — but for some reason, it generated sort of a cult following.

All visitors to the attraction even received a free button emblazoned with the phrase “Meet me at the the smoke ring.” And, incredibly, I think I still have mine in a drawer along with a “Goldwater for President” button.

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