Neil degrasse tyson ponders the fate of planet earth in. The 1939 new york worlds fair was a significant marker in new york city history and american culture. Rosalie fairbanks, a guide to the new york worlds fair, points to the. The 1939 new york world s fair was conceived during the depression with the idea of building something so fantastic that its very presence would lift the united states out of the doldrums of the depression. The 19641965 new york worlds fair was a worlds fair that held over 140 pavilions, 110. The 1939 new york world s fair opened on april 30, 1939 which was the 150th anniversary of the inauguration of george washington in new york city, the nations first capitol. Landauer, on april 29, 1939, the largest worlds fair of all time came to flushing meadowscorona park in new york.
What happened in 1939 including pop culture, significant. Many countries around the world participated in it, and over 44 million people attended its. Souvenirs from the 1939 worlds fair highly collectible. The trylon and perisphere were two monumental modernistic structures designed by architects wallace harrison and j. A rich collection of photographs from the 1939 40 new york worlds fair is newly available to researchers at the nyhs library. As norman bel geddes himself put it, for years there was talk that. The world of tomorrow and millions of other books are available for amazon kindle. A worlds fair night views of consolidated edisons fountains, on june 24, 1939. New york worlds fair 1939 transatlantic perspectives. To accomplish this, the founders decided to make the 1939 worlds fair a truly international event by creating seven zones, each covering a different subject area.
Futurama, the model city of 1960, designed by norman bel geddes for the general motors exhibit at the new york world s fair in 1939. The author of 11 other books on fairs for arcadia publishing, he is a frequent. But it wasnt long before new york citys master builder robert moses grabbed the reins and pulled together the resources needed to plan the fair. This specific softcover book is in very good condition with some light wear to the cover, edges or corners and has a tight binding. The 1939 40 new york world s fair, which covered the 1,216 acres 4. Donated to nyhs in may of this year, the paul gillespie collection of new york worlds fair materials pr 283 contains a large number of amateur photographs that present a view of the fair from the perspective of.
The site was used for the 19391940 new york worlds fair, and at the conclusion. Worlds fair brought us together to celebrate freedom, technology, and the world of tomorrow. Of all the books on the 1939 1940 new york world s fair, this is certainly the finest evocation of the wonder and excitement of that beloved exhibition. It contributed to the physical development of the city through major infrastructure projects, but equally importantly, it captured the spirit of its era. Sep 11, 2017 reflecting the culture and achievements of the magyars, the exhibit includes displays of native arts and crafts developed during a thousand years of national existence. After a dozen years of collecting and looking through zillions ive been fortunate to find hundreds and hundreds of amazing images. Som was selected by the new york world s fair commission to provide master planning and design coordination, as well as exhibit design, for the 1939 world s fair in new york city. The immense fair covered 646 acres 261 ha on half the park, with numerous pools or fountains, and an amusement park with rides. New york advancing world s fair edition together with an official guide to the city of new york exhibit building. Color map, 21 14 x 15 34 inches folding as issued to 8 x 4 inches, with color pictorial folder and original mailing envelope. Official guide book of the new york world s fair, 1939. Utopia, nostalgia and world war at the 1939 40 new york worlds fair.
The new york world s fair of 1939 and 1940, was held in flushing meadows in the borough of queens. Sagans own romance with science began at the 1939 new york world s fair. This fascinating book might be retitled the life and times of the 1939 new york world s fair, as it gives an extensive history of the fair itself but also adds in the critically important context of the era, including the ramping up of the world towards global war, the aftermath of the great depression, and albert einsteins tragic, messy exile from his homeland and tangential association. The 1939 new york worlds fair 7 zones of excitement. New york worlds fair 1939 and 1940 incorporated records, new york public library ms2233. Color photos of the 1939 new york worlds fair the atlantic. The westinghouse time capsule was put together as one of the. A brightly colored route map of the area around the new york world s fair with a few pictographs of key sites such as the statue of.
The worlds fair will put on a 6minute show inside its perisphere. The theme of the landmark event was world of tomorrow. The famous theme of the 1939 new york world s fair was the world of tomorrow. This decision caused the fair to come into conflict with the bureau of. The 19641965 new york world s fair was a world s fair that held over 140 pavilions, 110 restaurants, for 80 nations hosted by 37, 24 us states, and over 45 corporations to build exhibits or attractions at flushing meadowscorona park in queens, new york city. Today the building is the queens museum, which includes exhibits on both fairs. The new york worlds fair, 193940 treasures of the new york. Official guide book of the new york worlds fair, 1939. That was the year when a living vision of the future instantly became.
The world of tomorrow unknown binding january 1, 1939 by world s fair author see all formats and editions hide other formats and editions. It came in a kaleidoscope of brilliant colors, fountains of dancing water and mouthwatering belgian waffles. The book, lavishly illustrated with rare color and black and white photos, includes wonderful essays from the period and expert commentary and detailed captions by the authors. He opened the 1939 new york worlds fair, and on december 2, 1939, opened new york municipal airport no. The 196465 worlds fair opened april 22, 1964 and brought excitement to a city and a nation still grieving for an assassinated president. The 196465 worlds fair opened april 22, 1964 and brought excitement to a city and a. Here are shown peasant pottery and carving, matyo embroidery and halas lace, textiles, rugs, and decorated glassware. While the world was falling apart, the 1939 new york worlds fair brought us together. The fair presented perceived images of the future to approximately 60 million visitors. The pages are clean, crisp, unmarked and uncreased. The 1939 40 new york world s fair, which covered the of flushing meadowscorona park also the. Andre fouilhoux that were together known as the theme center of the 1939 new york worlds fair.
The opening ceremony, which featured speeches by president franklin d. The social upheaval of the 1960s was waiting around the corner. We package all books in custom cardboard book boxes for shipment and. New york city building which became the first home of the united nations and was also used in the new york world s fair of 19645. New york city 1939 digitally enhanced and in color duration. I was a child in a time of hope, he wrote of his upbringing. Westinghouse commissioned the publication of the book of record of the. Views of the new york world s fair by new york 1939 world s fair and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Worlds fair of 19391940 history of new york city tltc blogs. But since the beginning ive been hoping to find slides taken at the 1939 new york worlds fair. New york city 1939 worlds fair architectural drawings, ca. The astonishing novel of a young boys life in the new york city of the 1930s, a stunning recreation of the sights, sounds, aromas and emotions of a time when the streets were safe, families stuck together through thick and thin, and all the promises of a generation culminate in a single great world s fair. Available also through the library of congress web site in two forms.
Not everything they saw there came true, but plenty was close. Merchandise catalogue book, new york worlds fair, 1939. The distinguished yale professor, pediatrician and child developmental psychologist arnold gesell visited couney multiple times at the 1939 new york worlds fair. The new york worlds fair of 1939 and 1940 promised visitors they would be looking at the world of tomorrow. The 19391940 new york worlds fair the world of tomorrow. Moses referred to the book as junk to its publisher, bennett cerf, and. On a balmy spring day in 1939, the new york worlds fair officially.
The nonprofit fair corporation was formed in 1935 under the guidance of business and civic leaders, and financed through federal, state, municipal and private funds. The 1939 40 new york worlds fair promised visitors a look at the world. While some of the pavilions were still under construction and not yet open, that first day of the fair. Before construction of the fair began, the new york worlds fair.
New york advancing worlds fair edition together with. Guide to the new york worlds fair 1939 and 1940 incorporated. See more ideas about world s fair, world of tomorrow and world. The fair ran for two seasons and over 44 million people attended. The new york worlds fair of 1939 and 1940 nywf was a nodal point of. The 1939 40 new york world s fair, which covered the 1,216 acres 492 ha of flushing meadowscorona park also the location of the 19641965 new york world s fair. I recommend listening to the official theme song of the fair, dawn of a new day, while reading the intro.
Going through other people old slides is a quite a treasure hunt. The official guide book to the 1939 new york world s fair is a beautiful, hardbound book full of paleofuturistic delights. This summer marks the 73rd anniversary of the 1939 world s fair, an event that would change the new york dining world forever. The united states also hosted the worlds fair in new york early in the year. The 1939 40 new york world s fair, located on the current site of flushing meadowscorona park, was one of the largest world s fairs of all time. A section headed special groups brings together files on women, veterans, fraternal orders. On april 30, 1939, the new york worlds fair opens in new york city. With new york city as a backdrop, king george vi and queen elizabeth first car proceed up the westside highway along the hudson en route to the new york worlds fair, on june 10, 1939, soon after they landed at the battery. One part of that world, another theme showcased throughout the fair, was electrification the growing use.473 485 158 983 326 683 445 881 510 289 1092 1584 948 1414 505 1199 672 1239 1402 542 59 523 192 60 772 1212 727 732 174 685 61 1135 1082 1178 1350 877 264