... April 2018...
The Passing of a Friend of the Fair
If you have enjoyed the 1939 New York World’s Fair website you should have noticed that many of the items on the site were courtesy of Cathy Scibelli. Without her contributions the website would have far less information about the Fair.
Cathy and I met several years ago online but since that first email a very close and personal relationship has developed between our families. We knew that Cathy was ill but she always had a positive attitude, never complained, and never let on how sick she was. This past Easter weekend we lost our very dear friend and a wonderful person.
Thank you for all you have given ... you will be remembered.
by David J. Cope
The index for all of David's articles about the World's Fair is on the Misc page. Look for the "Perisphere Ponderings" link.
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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