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... May 2016 ...

Welcome to the World's Fair Newsletter for May 2016

The May Newsletter is now on-line

All the items for sale in the World's Fair Gift Shop that were "Buy Now," have all been changed to "Add to Cart". The only exceptions are a couple of 3rd party items which are purchased directly from the people who are selling them.

New on the Web

Someone told me that the 1939-40 NY World's Fair was the most merchandised event ever held. I'm not sure if that is true, but if it's not, it must be close to the top of the list. With that in mind, I've added 39 new items for you to look at. There are links to each of the items.

An interesting similarity: The opening screen for "CBS This Morning" and the "Television" booklet from NBC from the '39 Fair. Take a look and see what you think.

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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 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?

Current comparison of 1939 prices vs 2016.

1939 World's Fair Newsreel

Courtesy Periscope Films