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Perisphere Ponderings

by David J. Cope

The sudden annexation of Czechoslovakia by German left its pavilion in "The World of Tomorrow" unfinished. Patriotic Americans soon took up the cause of the beleaguered nation.

"The Orphan Pavilion" Link button

The pavilion covered 1,100 square feet of floor space. Inside there was an enormous rug representing the outstanding achievements of the Czechoslovakian textile industry.

Czechoslovakia building
Czechoslovakia - Courtesy World's Fair
Historical Society - wf-157r

A decorative panel comprised of more than 50,000 pieces of various rare woods portrayed the shoe king, Bata's, home town of Zlin, its life, its work and its service to the world. Along with the many exhibits displaying the country's industry were a restaurant and an open-air beer garden.

Czechoslovakia building
Czechoslovakia - photo 049
by Arie van Dort

Czechoslovakia and Japan (1940)
Courtesy World's Fair Historical Society - wf-149

Truth Prevails - 1940 Brochure

Czechoslovikia Truth Booklet - 1940
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Courtesy of Hilary Rossen
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