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... December 2016 ...

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Perisphere Ponderings

by David J. Cope

An index for all of David's articles on the World's Fair has been added to the Misc page. Look for the "Perisphere Ponderings" link.

Father of the Fair

"A little girl's school lesson became a great dream for many – a world's fair in New York in 1939. However,"The World of Tomorrow" soon became a nightmare for its originator."

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A Mud Puddle You Say?

Once the fair corporation settled on the Queens for its "World of Tomorrow," it faced the daunting challenge of reclaiming a long – established dump into a successful site worthy of a world's fair.

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Two Vociferous Showmen

Commenting on George VI and Queen Elizabeth's visit to the 1939 New York World's Fair, the king's official biographer, John Wheeler-Bennett noted, "From the moment of their arrival their destinies (were) in the hands of those vociferous showmen, the Mayor of New York, Mr. Fiorello LaGuardia, and Mr. Grover Whalen, President of the World's Fair."

And now, a look at those "vociferous showmen" who helped make "The World of Tomorrow" THE enjoyable diversion in the warm-up to World War II.

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Perisphere Pondering index page Link button

New on the Web

Submitted by David Matlow

David is an avid collector of material from the Jewish Palestine exhibit at the 1939 New York World's Fair.

There are several additions to this site, the first is a series of 10 postcards from the Jewish Palestine Pavilion. Link button

More postcards from David. See the Newsletter page for the list. Link button

U.S.S.R Publications

Information about the U.S.S.R was pleantiful. Click here to view some of the publications that were available for the public. Link button

At this time I do not have the contents of the booklets, only the covers. All images are courtesy of David Matlow

December's Video
The Middleton Family at the World's Fair 1939

This drama illustrates the contribution of free enterprise, technology, and Westinghouse products to the American way of life. The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair pits an anti-capitalist bohemian artist boyfriend against an all-American electrical engineer who believes in improving society by working through corporations.

I have added it to this month's On-Line Newssletter.

Trylon & Perisphere behind the Building of the City of New York
From the Robert Klein Collection. Photo taken by his father, Miklos Klein, after arriving from Hungry in 1939.

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 Link button

1939 World's Fair Newsreel

Courtesy Periscope Films

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