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... January 2017...

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The January Newsletter is now on-line Link button

29th World's Fair Auction

The 29th World's Fair Auction is open for bidding. The bidding will close on Tuesday, January 10th at 10PM EST.

To view Fair items from 1853 to 1992 visit www.worldsfairauction.com Link button

For items from the 1939 NY Fair click here Link button


Ponderings

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

View the Perisphere Ponderings index.

Foreign Food

"While most fairgoers enjoyed a hot dog and a Coke, more adventuresome foodees, often with deep pockets, could explore the world's cuisine in the international pavilions."

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The French Restaurant

More accessible today, France provided most Americans their first taste of their noted cuisine at "The World of Tomorrow."

Read: The French Restaurant Link button


Hot Dogs

By far the most popular eating establishments in "The World of Tomorrow" were the lowly hot dog stands. Here is there story.

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January's Video
Reel 1 - Part -1 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.

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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