.. July 2015 ...
Welcome to the 1939 New York World's Fair.
I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable 4th of July Weekend.
Ahead of schedule, the site has been completely re-coded to work on desktops and mobile devices..Please let me know if you find any errors.
The July edition of the '39 Fair Newsletter is on line.
Forty-five new images have been added to the site, along with a World's Fair cigarette case and more information about the Voder.. A complete list of links to the new items can be found in this month's Newsletter
1939 World's Fair Newsreel
Courtesy Periscope Films
Each set contains 12 different full-color images from the Fair.
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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.
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