The 1939 New York World's Fair

... August 2014 ...

75th Anniversary


NEW: Stereoptican images take by Ellen McAlpin Johnson and submitted by her great-nephew Tony Peregoy.

New: From Ron Freeman - Architectural Models - Miniature Rooms by Mrs. James Ward Thorne exhibited at the 1940 NY World's Fair. These incredible models are worth looking at.

Patty Clark sent me this photo of the Port Authority Display celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Fair.

Port Authority 75th Anniversary Display

View a couple other displays on the new Display Page..

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tour the 1939 NY World's Fair poster by Stephen Foster

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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