Welcome to the December edition of the 1939 New York World’s Fair newsletter.
I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Ballantine Three-Ring Restaurant Coaster courtesy of Randy Richter can be viewed the Ballantine page. The coaster could be mailed as a postcard, but unlike a regular postcard which required only a 1¢ stamp, the coaster required a 3¢ stamp to mail.
A Tribute in Lights: by E. Dianne Nelson Watkins, Richmond, Virginia
This article, about the Belgium Pavilion which is now called the “Belgian Friendship Building,” appeared in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Dianne shared the original text so I was able to add it to the website.
Here’s a paragraph from the article:
The Belgian Friendship Building was the Eastern Virginia “induction site” for draftees entering World War II during 1943 until 1947. As a result 161,000 men were processed from the spacious Building. For those of you processed at the site and selected for military service, a visit to the campus may hold special memories. (Richmond News Leader, Thursday, February 4, 1943, p.3 and Richmond News Leader, Thursday, July 24, 1947 p. 23; and a John M. Ellison letter dated Jan. 14, 1944, VUU Archives.) Watkins.
People Seeking Information:
Gary Williams is looking for a 1939 worlds fair ford commemorative coin. If you have one for sale, let me know and I’ll pass the information on to Gary.
Madelane Coale wrote: ” I’m doing research on my grandfather Griffith Baily Coale, who did 6 mural/paintings at the 1939 New York Worlds Fair. He did 5 for the Railroad Building and 1 at the Crosley Building. Just wondering if you can direct me to any information/ photos of any of his work, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you”
Please contact me and I’ll put you in touch with Madelane.
I moved up the printing schedule for the Collector’s Postcards and now all 24-cards are available. Individual cards can be ordered from either:
The 1939 New York World’s Fair site or The World’s Fair Historical Society
Collector’s Postcard sets 1 & 2 are only available on the 1939 NY World’s Fair Website
Postcard sets are only $12.00 plus $3.00 s/h. Watch the Postcard video
These card sets make wonderful holiday gifts. Quatities are limited so ORDER YOURS TODAY.
The Gift Shop
The Gift Shop currently contains more than 67 items and 93 Postcards from the 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
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, why not add a post or a comment.
If you are a Fan of the 1939 Fair page and would like to post photos and articles, AND do not want them to get lost under the section titled “Recent Posts by Others,” then contact me and I will make you a “Content Creator.” Content Creator’s can do everything except manage Admin Roles.
Would you like a link on the World’s Fair Website?
Take a look at the link 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.
Many thanks to everyone who has shared their World’s Fair material.