The 1939 New York World's Fair

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What's New for 1939 New York World's Fair

July 15, 2013

This page always seems to be neglected and there is always so much new on this site. As of March 1, 2013, in addition to sending out the World's Fair Newsletter to subscribers, the Newsletter is also posted on the World's Fair Blog. In addition to the Blog you can always find out about new thing on the World's Fair Community Facebook page. So, to know What's New simply follow the Blog and Facebook.

June 1, 2012
The image Data Base is finished for now. Will be working on a way to show a pre-view of each image within the database.
The Home Page has been revised to make navigation a little easier and not miss some of the "out of the way" sections of the site.

March 31, 2012
Finished adding 170 color images to the site thanks to a donation of Kodachrome slides made to the World's Fair HIstorical Society. Download the PDF list of new images. These photographs were taken by Mr. Harry Ludwig and donated to the Historical Society by his daughter, Joyc Ludwig.

December 31, 2011
Marek Januszewski informed me that the bronze statue of Polish King Jagiello was presented to the City of New York in 1945. A current photo of the statue (from Wikipedia) along with some information can be found on the page for the Polish Pavilion. Additional information can be found by following the link to the Wikipedia article on that page.

November 3, 2011
Occasionally items of interest come this way that do not fit in any existing section of this site. A new "Odds & Ends" page has been added to accomodated these unique stories and items concerning the Fair. Our first addition is from Washington High School in Souix Falls, South Dakota. The letter is a contribution from Doug Chapman, Sioux Falls, SD.

October 14, 2011
From Dave M., Plainview, NY - A commemorative 6 X 9 inch piece of the actual carpet manufactured by Alexander Smith of Yonkers, NY on which the King and Queen of Great Britain walked on at their historic New York City Reception, June 10th, 1939.

August 18, 2011
ORIGINAL watercolor painting of the 1939 NY World's Fair ~ Fountain & Federal Building by the American watercolorist Ted Kautzky (1896-1953) for sale.

July 28, 2011
Dr. Sarah Whitman of Philadelphia, PA donated the Bill of the Play and the Book of the Pageant for Railroads on Parade. The 8-page Bill of the Play - Railroads on Parade has been scanned, cleaned up, and is available to view. A copy of The Bill of Play for Railroads on Parade is available for download as a PDF file. The Playbill has been reduced in size from its original 9¾ x 13 inches to 8½ x 11 inches. As soon as the Book of the Pageant has been scanned and added to the web site, both pieces of ephemera will be donated to the World's Fair Preservation Society to put on display. Thank you Dr. Whitman.

July 13, 2011
Teresa Moller submitted 4 photos from a World's Fair Parade. Take a look at the World's Fair parade photos. The photos have been identified as the Howard Huges Crew.

June 17, 2011
Brian McGuckin sent in three photos of his mother, Margaret Fleming, who was a nurse at the Fair. Of special interest is Margaret saying a prayer while standing over the body of one of the two slain detectives who were killed after a bomb that was removed from the Great Britain Pavilion exploded.

May 6, 2011
Thanks to Terry Laukka for the photos of some artwork from the Hungarian Pavilion, what a treasure. View the artwork on the Hungarian Pavilion Page.

February 3, 2011
Thanks to Michael Perlman for spearheading the project to save the Trylon Theater the Rego Park section of Queens. Read about the plight of the theater, the narrow-mindedness of a few, and the goals of others to save this theater for the many.

January 1, 2011

This site now resides on its new domain:

December 2010: Thank to Ben Weston for some great new photo. You can see them at on the followoing pages:
Bridge between the Trylon and Perisphere
Looking down from the Trylon and Perisphere
The Four Freedoms in front of the T &P
Boy Scout Camp
Great Britain in the Hall of Nations
Entrance to the Court of States
NCR at night

October 1, 2010: Dorla Schlitt sent in photos and the story about her mother, Eileen Stoper being choosen as the 1939 World's Fair Wheat Heart Queen at the Continental Baking pavilion in the Food Zone. Read the article from the New York Times about Eileen.

April 2010: Gary Urbanowicz, a New York City Fire Department Historian has sent in some photos of both Fire Trucks and the Ambulance that were assigned to the New York World's Fair and a wonderful article titled "Record of the 55th Batalion".

March 2010: Eric Beheim has sent in the remainder of the Viewmaster photos. Now all 6 of the View Master reels are presented for your enjoyment. The first 4 reels were produced for the 1939-1949 World's Fair. After WWII, the reels were re-made using selected images from the 4 reels to produce only 2 reels. The original 4 were a yellow-buff color while the Post WWII were white. Each reel contained 7 photos.

Mineral Day at the 1940 World's Fair by Mitchell PortnoyDecember 2009:

FREE download.
Mineral Day at the 1939-40 New York World's Fair
by Mitchell Portnoy

Thus 49-page paper is an essential guide to the mineral displays of various countries at the New York World's Fair.

Click here to download the PDF file. (13 Meg)

Contact the author,

July 2009: This month keeps getting better. Received permission from Robert Martens to capture some stills form his Grandfather's (Gustave Martens) 16mm Kodachrome World's Fair movies. I have added 25 more color photos of the fair on various web pages.
To watch the original movies on YouTube go to the WF Links page.

Thank you Robert for your kind and generous nature and the willingness to share you Grandfather's work with the world.

July 2009: Thanks to Shirley M. of Napa, California, The listing for the Westinghouse Time Capsule is now on the site. timecapsule.htm In the next few weeks we will be adding photos of many of the items that were contained in the capsule.

July 2009: Many thanks to Michael Ott who uncovered his grandfather's Kodachrome slides from the Fair. Michael has scanned them and allowed me to add them to the pages on the Fair. So far, new photos can be found in:

  • Government Zone: Romania, Netherlands, USSR, Great Britain
  • Hall of Nations: Hall of Nations index page, Great Britain
  • Community Interests Zone: American Radiator, WPA, Star Pylon
  • Production & Distribution: Glass Inc., Kodak, Con Edison, Science, Petroleum
  • Transportation: Budd, Railroads, Railroads-Trains on Display, Goodrich

March 2009: Information about Kodak's Kodachrome movie film at the Fair. Magazine photos and article by Eric Beheim. Go to the Eastman Kodak Page

December 1, 2008: Again thanks Eric Beheim of California for the photos, ads, and text about Frank Buck's Jungleland in the Amusement Zone. Also thanks to Randy Richter of the World's Fair Preservation Society for the photo of Frank and the elephant.

November 8, 2008: Many thanks Eric Beheim of California for the scans and information on two View-Master reels. Take a moment to view the slide show. Just shy of 70 years and the photos are still magnificent.

July 1, 2008: The site has been completely re-designed from top to bottom.

November 19, 2007: Gil Witschard sent in photos and a newspaper article about his father, Adolph Witschard, who invented the mechanics that moved all the vehicles in GM's Futurama Exhibit.

May 30, 2007: Several new photos from "Railroads on Parade" have been added courtesy of Dave Stein, Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, New York.

May 7, 2007: Added photos and New York Times article about the "Wall of Death" attraction in the Amusement Zone. Thanks to Rose Ami of New York.

March 11, 2007: Thanks to Eric Ascalon of Cherry Hill, New Jersey for sending his grandfather's photographs of the Jewish Palestine Pavilion.

January 25, 2007: Thanks to Bob Graham of Syracuse, New York for sending his father's photographs of the Girls at the NTG Sunworshipers in the Amusement Zone.

December 21, 2006: Added the World's Fair Links Page. Anyone wanting a reciprocal link to a site or page that contains 1939 NY WF information should contact me at:

"The Harp" by Augusta Savage: A page dedicated to this art work has been added on October 22, 2006 and can been reached from the above link or via Zone 2 - American Art, or the Statues Page.

July 16, 2006: A few new photos courtesy of Karen Worth from Great Britain have been added to the Government Zone.

What is This? - June 25, 2006: From time-to-time I have been asked if I know anything about objects related to the 1939 New York World's Fair. Unfortunately, I know very little, so I thought it would be a good idea to ask you, the viewers for some help.

The Town of Tomorrow - June 14, 2006 The pages are up. Photos, drawings, and the cover for each of the 15 flyers they handed you as you visited each house. If you have any information or photos you would like to share, please contact me at:

New Color Photos As of May 24, 2006 I have added about 200 more photographs in color. These are dispersed throughout the Tour. I would like to hear from you about your visit to the Tour. E-mail me at and let me know how you liked it and if you have suggestions to make it better.

Belgium Pavilion Efforts are in progress to restore the Belgium Building which is now located in Richmond, Virginia. Read the details on the Restorations Projects Page