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Welcome to the World's Fair Newsletter: June 2015

Website Update Progress

On May 29, with 608 pages re-coded the website is about 55% complete.

What this means is that those of you who use a mobile device should be able to view the site without having to enlarge the screen in order to read the content.

Hopefully I'll have the site completed by the end of July, perhaps a bit sooner.

I would greatly appreciate your input:

  1. Are those pages working on your current device?
  2. Is the new Navigation Menu workable for you? Are you able to find everything?
  3. What, if anything, would you like to see different?

New Photos for the Web:

As most of you know, this website and my book came about because of my father's 272 photos that were passed down to me after his passing in 2000. (read more on the About page.)

In 1939 dad didn't visit the Fair alone, he went with his sister, Jackie. Multiple copies of Fair photographs were made and each had a set of the wallet-size images.

Sometime either before or after my aunt's passing, her set of photos were passed down to her daughter Cathy. In turn, Cathy gave the photos to her daughter Kara.

A couple weeks ago I received a package in the mail from Kara containing around 250 photographs of the Fair. While many of these were ones that were in the set my father left me, there are 80 photos that were not. Out of these, I'll use some of them to fill in missing pavilions or supplement existing sections of the site.

Queen's Host House
Queens Host House

There are a few photos that I need your help with. For example the photo on the left of the Queens Host House.

I have not seen that building before and would like to know more about it. Where was it located and what was it for? If you can help, please contact me.

I thank Kara for her consideration and thoughtfulness in sending me the photographs so they can be shared with everyone.

New for the Web

Social Security coin (front)
Social Security coin (front)
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Social Security Coin (back)
Social Security coin (back)
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Josh Anderson sent me the photos of a Social Security coin from the Fair.

This is not yet on the website. It will be added when I recode the appropriate page.


Thanks to all of you who are posting and visiting the World's Fair facebook page. I apologize that I haven't been able to keep up with the page, but will be adding more after the website is finished.

Be sure to stay informed with new things on the World's Fair Facebook page.

Join the World's Fair Community page on Facebook - Simply "Like" the page, while you are there, and why not add a post or a comment.

Lost on facebook?: Many people have posted on the 1939 New York World's Fair Community facebook page only to get lost on the left-side under "Posts to Page." If you want your post to be seen in the main section of the page, I need to make you an editor. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Send a "Friend Request" to my personal account (Paul M. Van Dort or TriviaWolf).
  2. Be sure to "Like" the 1939 New York World's Fair Community page.
  3. Send me a message to let me know you would like to be an Editor and I'll do the rest.


Would you like a link on the World's Fair Website? Take a look at the links page it's all new.

Contact me with the information that you want to appear.

I hope everyone has a wonderful summer. See you next month.