... March 2017...
by David J. Cope
Mickey & Judy
By August "The World of Tomorrow" desperately needed a shot in the arm to inspired visitors through its turnstiles. The fair got exactly what it needed when Hollywood's favorite juveniles appeared in The Big Apple.
Read: Mickey and Judy
Nudity at the Fair
Since the days when exotic dancers at Chicago's Columbian Exposition shocked fairgoers, the issue of nudity at a world's fair dominated the press coverage and many individuals' attitudes towards the expositions. The New York version was no exception. .
Rosita Royce, Dove Dancer
No single employee at the fair demanded more press coverage than Rosita Royce, the exotic "dove dancer" at "The Crystal Palace.".
Read: Rosita Royce
Small pieces of news and interesting information compiled by David J. Cope.
New Tidbits for March
Reel 1 - Part 3 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.
Iceland in the Hall of Nations
All new text and some new images have been added to the Iceland page.
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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