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Perisphere Ponderings

Perisphere Ponderings is new selection added to the Misc. page. This will serve as an easy index to all of David's articles. New articles published in the monthly newsletter will also be added to this new section.

The World of Tomorrow's Most Successful Propaganda Campaign

Gullible Americans unknowingly bought into the Japanese pavilion's propaganda campaign of peaceful relations between the two world powers propagated at the world's fair.

Read about: Japan and the Fair Link button

A Tale of Two Pavilions

The unfortunate destiny of Poland in the tumultuous times played itself out before the eyes of "The World of Tomorrow" fairgoers.

Read about: Poland's Pavilion Link button

Big Joe vs. Uncle Sam

For a country firmly embedded in the pre-war pacifist camp, the U.S.S.R. pavilion aroused American patriotic sensibilities like no other.

Read about: The U.S.S.R Pavilion Link button

Trylon Tidbits

Our introduction to "Trylon Tidbits" starts with the Food Zone Link button. We hope you enjoy this new addition to the site. New "tidbits" will be added during the coming months.

New on the Web

Swift's International Cooking Competition

Swift invited the chefs of each foreign restaurant to bring a native buffet dish to its pavilion on July 18. One-hundred-fifty guest pavilion managers, maîtres d'hôtel and press representatives attended the 1:00 P.M. buffet luncheon.

Read more and see the list of winners for this event... Link button

New Images on the Web

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Odds - n - Ends



Battle of the Century

Part of the film "Middletons at the Fair" showing Westinghouse's new dishwasher. Here is the competition between "Mrs. Modern" and "Mrs. Drudge" as they show the audience who will rule in the kitchen of the future.

I want to know why it is that in 1939 the dishwasher could wash and dry all those dishes in 7-minutes and 58-seconds while it take my fairly new, top-named brand dishwasher more than an hour to just wash our dishes?

People Seeking Information:

From Jonathan A. Boschen

Hello I am doing a handful of different projects pertaining to the iconic Jam Handy Organization, one of which is a documentary on the studio. According to my research, there were at least 20 different motion pictures that were produced by studio that were shown at the 1939 New York World's Fair. Unfortunately I only know the titles to a small handful of these films that were produced for exhibition at the fair by JHO (such as Chevrolet's 'Leave It To Roll-Oh' and Coca-Cola's 'Refreshment Through The Years'). I am curious if you happen to have a full listing of Jam Handy films, or all films, that were exhibited at the fair as part of exhibits. Thank you for your assistance.

If you can help answer Jonathan's question, contact me and I'll put you in touch with Jonathan.

View the current list of questions. If you have a question email me and I will add it to the list.

The World's Fair Gift Shop

Visit the Gift Shop to purchase many items from the 1939 NY World's Fair.

Money raised from the sale of items goes towards maintaining this website.


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  3. Send me a message to let me know you would like to be an Editor and I'll do the rest.


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