Welcome to the World’s Fair
Seventy-five years ago yesterday, the 1939 New York World’s Fair closed its gates as the first season came to an end. But thanks to so many people who have taken the time and effort to send me photos, stories, and personal memories, the Fair continues to “Stay Open” on this website.
I wish everyone, everywhere a very Happy Thanksgiving.
Three new postcards by Underwood and Underwood:
Ceylon Gem Store postcard. This store was in the Consumer’s Building in the Production and Distribution Zone. Courtesy of Stretch Scibelli via Cathy.
Postage Due envelope from Manchester, England. Submitted by Doug Chapman
20 Stereo Images and advertising panel. Submitted by Maher Ahmad. Please read the People Seeking Information section.
From Jeffrey Field comes an envelope and return card for pictures taken at the fair, it has a place where you attach a quarter to pay for your photo … or … 50-cents for 3 photos.
The Herald Tribune – April 30th , 1939 cover page and Curtain’s Up page – Courtesy of Steven Fry
Sunday Mirror – April 30th , 1939 cover page and Color at the Fair page – Courtesy of Steven Fry
Theme Tower of New York World’s Fair of 1939 postcard. This card was printed by Tichnor Brothers, Inc. before they decided on the Trylon and Perisphere and the Theme Center. – Courtesy of Steven Fry
Many thanks to Cathy Scibelli who sent in 2 more issues of “Today at the Fair,” the newspaper from the 1939 NY World’s Fair. Both are now on the web:
Volume 105: Tuesday, August 15, 1939
Volume 143: Frida, September 22, 1939
This brings the total to 23 copies of the newspaper available for you to read.
New Postcards for Sale:
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.
I am looking for photograph and details regarding the Eiffel Tower model made with toothpicks by young man from Philadelphia Merrill Seidman and displayed at the Fair. Would love to present it to him, a dear friend. Thank you.
I have a recording of an original 78 rpm record, which my father supposedly recorded at the 1939 Fair. I would be interested to know if there was a feature or exhibit at that Fair in which you could do this. I’m having the recording restored, and would appreciate some background for my children.
I have 20 stereo slides in black and white that I have shared with you. I am not sure if they were taken by a private photographer or were commercial, they are mounted on ink blotter cards.
Comment by Paul M. Van Dort: The last image is what is on the back of all the photos. I am guessing that The cards were purchased and then mounted with the advertising. What do you think?
Do you have any information regarding mural(s) that were painted for the fair by George J. Davidson, ANA. They would have been in the Federal Building. All I know is that he was ‘color consultant’ for all of the work done in the building. Thank you.
I am looking for the dolls from the World’s Fair. Please let me know if anyone has one.
24 Collector’s Postcards are available in two sets or order individual cards. Quantities are limited.
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
Be sure to keep informed with new things on the World’s Fair Facebook page.
Among our Contributors are the Museum of the City of New York, and Author & World’s Fair Authority, Mr. Bill Cotter.
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:
- Send a “Friend Request” to my personal account (Paul M. Van Dort or TriviaWolf).
- Be sure to “Like” the 1939 New York World’s Fair Community page.
- 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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Thanks to everyone who has shared their World’s Fair material.