The 1939 New York World's Fair

... November 2014 ...

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Three new postcards by Underwood and Underwood: The Belgium Building, the Netherlands at Night, the Theme Center at Night . Ceylon Gem Store postcard. This store was in the Consumer’s Building in the Production and Distribution Zone. Courtesy of Stretch Scibelli via Cathy.

Postage Due envelope from Manchester, England. Submitted by Doug Chapman

20 Stereo Images and advertising panel. Submitted by Maher Ahmad. Please read the People Seeking Information section.

From Jeffrey Field comes an envelope and return card for pictures taken at the fair, it has a place where you attach a quarter to pay for your photo … or … 50-cents for 3 photos.

The Herald Tribune – April 30th , 1939 cover page and Curtain’s Up page – Courtesy of Steven Fry

Sunday Mirror – April 30th , 1939 cover page and Color at the Fair page – Courtesy of Steven Fry

Theme Tower of New York World's Fair of 1939 postcard. This card was printed by Tichnor Brothers, Inc. before they decided on the Trylon and Perisphere and the Theme Center. – Courtesy of Steven Fry

Many thanks to Cathy Scibelli who sent in 2 more issues of “Today at the Fair,” the newspaper from the 1939 NY World’s Fair. Both are now on the web:
Volume 105: Tuesday, August 15, 1939
Volume 143: Frida, September 22, 1939

1939 This brings the total to 23 copies of the newspaper available for you to read.

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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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