... April 2017...
by David J. Cope
By 1939, the American public needed a respite. Although the GNP and unemployment figures improved slightly, every region of the nation still reeled from the ten-year Great Depression. Throughout the spring, Adolf Hitler's increasingly belligerent protestations, abetted by Mussolini's pompous posturing, and Japan's aggression against China threatened to embroil Europe and Asia in yet another worldwide conflict. With a sense of relief, the country seized on the New York World's Fair's April 30th opening as a much - needed antidote to its world- weariness.
Read: Opening Day
The Hall of Electrical Power and the Hall of Electrical Living composed the two glass-fronted rooms of the omega-shaped pavilion.
The European conflict certainly put a damper on the final days of "The World of Tomorrow." Still uncertain which nations would exhibit in the Government Zone in 1940, The New York Times' editors expressed their belief the larger nations' pavilions would prevail, but, were concerned about those of the smaller nations.
Read: Closing Day
Small pieces of news and interesting information compiled by David J. Cope.
New Tidbits for April
Reel 2 - Part 1 of the Philip Medicus films
Philip Medicus filmed the Fair in color on Kodachrome. These films can be found on YouTube and on the Internet Archives. There are a total of 17 of the Medicus films which I will add to both my YouTube channel and here on the World's Fair Website. This video can be viewed on this month's On-Line Newsletter.
New on the Web
Links to movies can now be found in one location an this site.
Covering 1,216 acres, in Flushing Meadows, New York, the 1939 New York World's Fair, like the legendary Phoenix rising from the ashes, was erected on what was an ash-dump. The theme, "Building the World of Tomorrow" echoed in virtually every corner of the Fair. This World's Fair was a look to the future and was planned to be "everyman's fair" where everyone would be able to see what could be attained for himself and his community.
The 1939 New York World's Fair opened on May 30, 1939 which was the 150th anniversary of the inauguration of George Washington in New York City, the nation's first capitol.
While some of the pavilions were still under construction and not yet open, that first day of the Fair was attended by 206,000 visitors.
Then President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave the opening speech while an estimated 1,000 visitors watched the opening on 200 televisions sets in various locations throughout the Fair.
This site is a tribute to the people, the history, and the vision of the 1939 New York World's Fair. I hope you like it and visit often. I'd appreciate knowing what you think, and any suggestions you may have on how to make it better.
When the Fair was open
- Season 1:
- Apr. 30, 1939 to Oct. 31, 1939
- Season 2:
- May 11, 1940 to Oct. 27, 1940
What did it cost to go to the Fair?Price comparison of 1939 vs 2016
1939 World's Fair Newsreel
Courtesy Periscope Films
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