... October 2016 ...
by David J. Cope
Designed to Sell
John Sloan, a New York City artist, cynically observed: "The artistic taste of most persons in this country is formed by the illustrated calendars distributed by corner groceries." To overcome this charge of pedestrianism, the fair's Board of Design created a comprehensive blueprint for "The World of Tomorrow."Read: Designed to Sell
The Magic Hour of Color Nighttime Water Show
Unlike any previous fair, every evening the impressive light, sound and fireworks coordinated display at the Lagoon of Nations thrilled fair visitors.Read: Nighttime Water Show
In Sheherazade's World Nighttime Lighting
In a determined effort to swell the fair's attendance, while equally increasing the fairgoers' pleasure, planners for "The World of Tomorrow" created two distinctly different looks for the fair: one for daytime visitors and one for nighttime patrons.Read: Nighttime Lighting.
Perisphere Pondering index page
New on the Web
The Fair may have come and gone 76-years ago but some believe it's so important that they enjoy creating new items to honor it. View the new items Mr. John Collins has created.
Tony Whalley submitted a poster from Hughes Industries. View the poster.
New Item Images on the Web
Ten new images of "Things you could buy at the Fair" have been added to the Misc. Page.
Other new items have been added.
Please see the current On-Line Newsletter for links.
History of Coca Cola
Created in 1939, "Refreshment Through the Years" is a corporate history of the Coca-Cola Company. This film was the very first Technicolor industrial film ever produced. This account of the invention of Coke by John Pemberton through its growth in popularity to become the most popular soft drink in history. On-Line Newsletter.
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Visitors since March 2008: 1,143,051
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
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