... September 2016 ...
by David J. Cope
Planning Your Visit to the World of Tomorrow
A trip to the fair was unlike any other vacation in 1939. The sheer magnitude of "The World of Tomorrow" required careful planning to navigate its many wonders.Read: Planning
Attendance at the World's Fair
On April 30, nothing seemed impossible for "The World of Tomorrow." But by early June, the fair corporation managers felt jittery. What was going wrong with all of their lofty ambitions?.Read: Attendance at the World's Fair.
Experiencing the World of Tomorrow
Few visitors to "The World of Tomorrow" realized the fair planners of today often manipulated their fair- going experience.Read: Experiencing the World of Tomorrow
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General Motors - New Horizons
This video has been on the web for some time, but for those of you who maight have missed it, I have added it to this month's On-Line Newssletter.
Next month's video: 1939 History of Coca Cola.
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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 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