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Welcome to the World's Fair Newsletter: January 2016

Merry Christmas to one and all.

Wishing you and your families the very best for 2016.

Thank you for being a part of the 1939 NY World's Fair.

The Fair Lives On ...

Many of us either collect or just enjoy the items and stories from the 1939-40 New York World's Fair. A few enjoy the history of the Fair so much they make current day tributes to that great event. One such person is Mr. John Collins of California.

John, or Jackie to his friends, is a silk-screener by trade and a fan of the Fair. Now retired he still keeps his hand in the business making personal items on different mediums.

1939 New York World's Fair placemat created by Jackie Collins - July 2015
1939 New York World's Fair placemat created by Jackie Collins - July 2015

Back in July Jackie made this placemat (photo left) and sent one to me. Last month, a couple weeks before Christmas, a package arrived containing four new items that he made and gave to me which I want to share with you, at least in photos.

Small Square Glass Plate
6" x 6" Glass Plate
Glass Block
8" x 8" x 3" Glass Block

Medium glass plate
7.5" x 17" Glass Plate
Large Glass Plate
10" x 15" Glass Plate

The two right images have a matte-silver backing, the 10" x 15" glass plate is clear as is the glass block.

Words cannot express how much these items mean to me and much I appreciate the talent and effort Jackie put into making the items.

Not only did I receive the glass but I also found that Jackie had added a 4-foot square table cloth for a card table.

World's Fair Table cloth
World's Fair Table-cloth

What a beautiful tribute to the 1939 New York World's Fair and what a wonderful Christmas present.

Thank you so very much.

From Last Month

Plate: Courtesy of Pat Bieber
Plate: Courtesy of Pat Bieber

I heard back from 2 people, Andy Kaufman of the "World's Fair Auction," who wrote "The handle on the 6" plate makes it a candy dish. I assume it is there so that when the plate is lifted, using the handle, the person does not have to touch the candy." and John Collins who basically said the same thing.

The plate's image has found a permanent home in the Misc. Plate page.

People Seeking Information:

Pat Fowler

I am looking for info regarding a large photo of the Grand Canyon which was displayed at the '39 world's fair. My Mom told us stories about photos taken by a famous photographer of the time who was commissioned to take the photos. I believe it shows a man and a woman ( my Mom!) on horseback looking up at a big cliff in Arizona at the Grand Canyon. Rng a bells? I'd love to know more!

John Feather

I am trying to find things about the Wheeling Steel radio show broadcast in the West Virginia area I think on July 25th, 1939.

If you can help either Pat or John find an answer, contact me.

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

The holidays are are here so why not give a bit of history to someone you care about (or even for yourself.)

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 the website.


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  1. Send a "Friend Request" to my personal account (Paul M. Van Dort or TriviaWolf).
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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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