The 1939 New York World's Fair

... September 2014 ...

75th Anniversary


Special Announcement

From the Queens Botanical Garden

Our last World's Fair Event for the Season

From Ashes to Flowers: Designing a World's Fair Garden
Sunday, September 28, 2:30pm
Fee: Free with Garden Admission; registration required

Join us for a deeper look into QBG's origins at the 1939 World's Fair with Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky (former QBG staff member), the leading expert on this topic and Executive Director of the New Haven Museum.

Registration required – email rforlenza@queensbotanical.org.

More details can be found on our website at http://queensbotanical.org/programs/events

NEW: Heinz – 70 Years of Good Eating – History of Heinz booklet

NEW: " All Gas - Good Housekeeping Home" was erected in the court of the Gas Exhibits building at the New York World's Fair 1939.

NEW: The FHA House or $2,500 House – a new page with additional photos and an explanation for the project.

NEW: Gardens on Parade 1940 Map - A new page showing the layout and various garden areas.

NEW: Last day evelope This was the last day of service for the Railway Post Office car #4868 exhibit in the Transportation Zone, Railroads Exhibit.

All's Fair at the Fair is a seven minute cartoon released in 1938, produced by Max Fleischer and distributed by Paramount.

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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.

Television was new, and on that day NBC's experimental station call-sign, W2XBS was change to WNBC and the birth of broadcast television began.


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 ♦ Oct. 31, 1939
Season 2: May 11, 1940 ♦ Oct. 27, 1940


Excerpts from the 1939 NY World's Fair Blog


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