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Welcome to the 1939 New York World's Fair.

World's Fair Stamp Collectors.
Check out the information on all the stamps that were made for the Constitution and World's Fairs ('39 NY and San Fran.)

See the cost of getting to the Fair taken from the booklet "A Sightseer's Map of Manhattan." The I.R.T and B.M.T. rides cost 5¢, but don't get too excited, that's about 91¢ in today's money.

The Art Deco Society of New York is hosting a lecture on the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition on October 1st from 6:30 - 8:00pm. Since the Texas event was so close to the 1939 Fair I thought the connection is appropriate.

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Each set contains 12 different full-color images from the Fair.

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To insure you are not a machine, how much is six plus five:
tour the 1939 NY World's Fair poster by Stephen Foster
This Poster is for sale
in the Gift Shop

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 April 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

1939 World's Fair Newsreel

Courtesy Periscope Films