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Trylon Tidbits & Perisphere Ponderings

I am pleased to announce that World's Fair Historian David J. Cope has volunteered to transcribe all his research notes and lectures on the 1939 Fair so they can be added throughout the site in the form of Trylon Tidbits, Perisphere Ponderings, and articles.

David J. Cope is a retired history teacher of thirty-three years. His fascination with "The World of Tomorrow" translated into a month-long unit for his Junior Honors Government and Economics class demonstrating the use of technology and futuristics in governmental planning. David continues his research on the '39 fair in preparation for a book on the visit of George VI and Queen Elizabeth to the United States in 1939.

The Missing Fascists

The only world power, other than Spain and China, missing from "The World of Tomorrow" was Germany. The reason why proves to be a fascinating look into the power politics leading up to the Second World War.

Read about: Germany and the World's Fair Link button

The World of Tomorrow's Civics Lesson

Jewish Palestine Pavilion

Proud of their region – changing accomplishments in the Middle East, Jewish Palestinians taught Americans about international politics now dominating the world of today at "The World of Tomorrow."

Read about: Jewish Palestine Pavilion Link button

The Orphan Pavilion

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.

Read about: Czechoslovakia Link button

New Images in the Misc. Section

Coins & Tokens


Glass and Porcelain Items

World's Fair Items on Display

A Table Full of Memories
A Table Full of Memories

Here are a few more items which Jackie Collins wanted to share with everyone.

Jackie even has a "Book of Record" and a Bingo Game along with a flag a banner and several other jems.

People Seeking Information:

Back in February 2016 Thomas Pekar wrote: "I read that German anti-Nazi emigrants to US (like Thomas Mann) planned to organize a Pavilion at the World's Fair. Do you have any information about that?"

The answer to that question is in David Cope's article: "The Missing Fascists."

View the current list of questions. If you have a question email me and I will add it to the list.

The World's Fair Gift Shop

Visit the Gift Shop to purchase many items from the 1939 NY World's Fair.

Money raised from the sale of items goes towards maintaining the website.


Join the World's Fair Community page on Facebook - Simply "Like" the page, while you are there, and why not add a post or a comment.

Lost on facebook?: Many people have posted on the 1939 New York World's Fair Community facebook page only to get lost on the left-side under "Posts to Page." If you want your post to be seen in the main section of the page, I need to make you an editor. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Send a "Friend Request" to my personal account (Paul M. Van Dort or TriviaWolf).
  2. Be sure to "Like" the 1939 New York World's Fair Community page.
  3. Send me a message to let me know you would like to be an Editor and I'll do the rest.


Would you like a link on the World's Fair Website? Take a look at the links page to see how I am adding the links. Hover over the link name to reveal a descriptive panel, click the link to visit the site.

Contact me with the information that you want to appear. Links must be approved before they are added.

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