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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.

Perisphere Ponderings

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The Cycle of Production: The Architectural Forum deemed “unquestionably the most impressive display at the fair,”exemplified Henry Ford's dictate for instructive exhibits, but, in a most innovative and entertaining manner.

The Road of Tomorrow: The half-mile, spiral road of reinforced concrete and paved with non-skid Monocork, passed through a portion of the pavilion and then encircled the exterior garden and provided riders with the highest view of the fairgrounds from any pavilion.

The Novachord: Hammond Organ's first electronic tube based instrument. Employing 168 vacuum tubes and circuit ideas borrowed from ENIAC, the world's first computer, the novachord resembled an organ with keyboards rotary knobs.

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General Motors

One had to wonder when General Motors selected Norman Bel Geddes to create their exhibit for “The World of Tomorrow.” He had been tossed out of high school for drawing caricatures of his superintendent on the blackboard. And ... he was now regarded as a premier industrial and stage set designer, Bel Geddes might not have been everyone's first choice. Thankfully the exposition gods on high blessed this unusual choice.

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Rathbones & the Parachute Jump

New York radio station WOR was broadcasting live from the veranda of Washington Hall in the Amusement Zone late in the evening of July 12. A commotion around the nearby Parachute Jump caught the broadcaster's eye and from a little past 11:30 P.M. until 4:45 A.M. the next morning, he narrated the thrilling adventure of two of New York's most prominent socialites.

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Trylon Tidbits

Trylon Tidbits

Small pieces of news and interesting information compiled by David J. Cope.

New Tidbits for June

May's Video
Reel 2 - Part 3 of the Philip Medicus films

Philip Medicus filmed the Fair in color on Kodachrome. These films can be found on YouTube and on the Internet Archives. There are a total of 17 of the Medicus films which I will add to both my YouTube channel and here on the World's Fair Website. This video can be viewed on this month's On-Line Newsletter.

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?

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1939 World's Fair Newsreel

Courtesy Periscope Films

Videos on the Web

Links to movies can now be found in one location an this site.

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