... November 2017...
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.
Congress of Beauty
The Herald Tribune summed up the whole sordid affair: “The daring publicity stunt stage in the World's Fair amusement loop on Sunday afternoon, May 7, to call attention to N. T. G.'s “Congress of Beauty” seemed a lively idea at the time, but nothing except woe, trouble and disaster have followed in the wake.”
Read: Congress of Beauty
The show was spectacular: the lights went down, an indicator lamp glowed, a horn sounded and then – in about twenty seconds – a flash of lightning and a loud report startled the visitors to Steinmetz Hall.
Read: General Electric
Reel 4 - Part 2 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.
People Seeking Information:
From Alan Mercer
RE: Wall of Death
Hi Paul, I am in the process of writing a book on Joe Dobish and have a couple of stumbling blocks at the 1939 event. Have you anything in writing as opposed to pictorial that puts Joe and his wall there in 1939 and do you think there was a second wall at the event. Attached a clipping related to Pelaquins that I cannot accurately date and suspect he did not work for Joe ( besides Joe no longer had his lions in 39) . Also have you heard of a lion escape at the 39 event ?
Videos 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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