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... September 2016 ...

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Perisphere Ponderings

by David J. Cope

An index for all of David's articles on the World's Fair has been added to the Misc page. Look for the "Perisphere Ponderings" link.

Planning Your Visit to the World of Tomorrow

A trip to the fair was unlike any other vacation in 1939. The sheer magnitude of "The World of Tomorrow" required careful planning to navigate its many wonders.

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Attendance at the World's Fair

On April 30, nothing seemed impossible for "The World of Tomorrow." But by early June, the fair corporation managers felt jittery. What was going wrong with all of their lofty ambitions?.

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Experiencing the World of Tomorrow

Few visitors to "The World of Tomorrow" realized the fair planners of today often manipulated their fair- going experience.

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New on the Web

1940 Jewish Palestine Pavilion 24-page Catalog Link button

New Item Images on the Web

Twenty-two new images of "Things you could buy at the Fair" have been added to the Misc. Page. Please see the current On-Line Newsletter for links.

September's Video
General Motors - New Horizons

This video has been on the web for some time, but for those of you who maight have missed it, I have added it to this month's On-Line Newssletter.

Next month's video: 1939 History of Coca Cola.

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To insure you are not a machine, how much is six plus five:
Trylon & Perisphere behind the Building of the City of New York
From the Robert Klein Collection. Photo taken by his father, Miklos Klein, after arriving from Hungry in 1939.

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 Link button

1939 World's Fair Newsreel

Courtesy Periscope Films