January 4, 2015: “Remembering Tomorrow,” a film by Albert Fisher

If you enjoyed the 3-part pilot contact WNET/PBS and let them know that they are missing out on a wonderful piece of history.

Thank you Albert for your excellent work.


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January 1, 2015: World’s Fair Newsletter

Welcome to the Fair

Happy New Year

Everyone was busy with the holidays so not much was added to the website in December, but I have a few things coming in that will be added in January.

In 2014 the site had about 217,000 visitors which was about 100,000 less than 2013 but “Likes” to the site was up: 449 in 2013 and 484 in 2014. The community page on facebook had 408 “likes” which was up from 255 in 2013. This tells me that there are still a lot of people who enjoy the ’39 Fair.

Last month I asked if anyone would like to help with the site and received one offer to help with editing content. I am still looking for someone who can assist with code and content.

I’ve been doing the site since 2002 and have watched it grow from a few pages to more than 1,100 web pages, and hope to make it grow even more in 2015. This can only happen when people like you send in photos, stories, and information about the Fair.

This month I turn 68 and wonder what to do about the site when I am no longer able to continue. Dr. Lori Walters of the University of Central Florida has offered to archive the site when that time comes, but I would like someone or some organization to actually keep the site going for those who are interested in the Fair.

My questions to you are: Is the site worth keeping alive for future generations? And do you have any suggestions on how to accomplish this?

Now don’t read anything into this … I plan on continuing for at least another 12+ years, but it’s always a good thing to plan ahead.

Please send your comments or suggestions via the contact page on the web site.
Thank you.

New on the Website

The letter from Nils T. Granlund to an Akron, Ohio dancer, offering her a job as a scantily clad Sun Worshipers.

I have also increased the size of the images on the first page of the “NTG Sun Worshipers”

I’m sure you are familiar with the Phillip A. Medicus, Wathen, and other films that are available at the Internet Archives. If not, then you should take a look at the films available. For anyone using the films for research you know that finding a particular scene can be labor intensive. With that in mind, I have created a “Time Index” for the Medicus, Wathen, and a few other films. The index is available in the Misc section of the World’s Fair site. There are a few areas that I wasn’t certain about, so if you can help out with that or if you anything that needs correcting, please let me know.

people seeking information

Take a look and see if you can help these people find answers to their questions.
(Website http://www.1939nyworldsfair.com/people_seeking_information.htm   and on the blog:
http://39wfblog.1939nyworldsfair.com/people-seeking-information ) If you have a question email me and I will add it to the list.

Anne L. Jones
I have in my possession an original Tony Sarg 1939 Official World’s Fair Pictorial Map identical to your map with the exception that it is in the form of a scroll enclosed inside a wooden cane. I am originally from Flushing, NY. My father worked at the fair and obtained this scroll at that time and it has been in my family since. It is in good condition. Could you give me any information regarding a collector’s interest or the rarity of this Map?

Beth Popovich
I have a letter from Nils T. Granlund to an Akron, Ohio dancer, offering her a job as a scantily clad Sun Worshipers. He also promises to try and get her a job as a chorus line dancer. Do you think this letter has any value? I have additional letters from Nils to the dancer but they are not fair related. Thank you, I hope to hear from you soon.

Alex M Spencer
Aeronautics Department
National Air and Space Museum
Washington, DC 20013
I am a curator at the National Air and Space Museum and have a set of pilot’s wings in the collection that have the 1939 World’s Fair Logo in the center.  Do you have any thoughts about who or which airlines may have used them?  I can send you a digital image of them for you convenience.  Please let me know.

Collectors Postcards

World's Fair Collector's Postcard Envelopes24 Collector’s Postcards are available in two sets. Quantities are limited.

Order Collector’s Postcard sets 1 & 2 .
Watch the Postcard video YouTube

World's Fair Giftshop

Visit the Gift Shop on the 1939 NY World’s Fair website to purchase many items from the 1939 NY World’s Fair. Money raised from the sale of items goes towards maintaining the website.


Be sure to keep 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.

Links from the website

Would you like a link on the World’s Fair Website? Take a look at the links page to see how I am adding the links. Hover over the link name to reveal a descriptive panel, click the link to visit the site.

Contact me with the information that you want to appear. Links must be approved before they are added.

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