On October 31st, seventy-five years ago the 1939 season for the New York World’s Fair came to a close. The following May it would open again for its final season but it wasn’t the same. As the war in Europe escalated the Fair’s theme changed from “Building the World of Tomorrow” in 1939 to “For Peace and Freedom” in 1940, and several of the pavilions either closed or were dismantled, as in the case of U.S.S.R.
While there have been several Expos in the United States and the last World’s Fair in Seattle in 1962. (The 1964-65 NY World’s Fair was not sanctioned by the Bureau International des Expositions) none have compared with the splendor of the 1939 NY World’s Fair.
Plaza of Light Pylons – The Plaza of Light contained four 65-foot pylons which had 48 sculptures by Carl Paul Jennewein representing the four traditional elements: fire, earth, air, and water. Twenty-four of the images have been added thanks to images in the NYPL Digital Galery. The four original photos contained 6 images each which were edited and added as individual images for the web page. The original images are 1680891, 1680893, 1680895, 1680897 .
There are some questions as to the height of the Pylons and the actual number of symbols that were displayed. According to what I have found there were 48 symbols of which I only have 24 images. Was each symbol used twice or are there 24 more symbols?
If you have information on the symbols and their meaning, or more information on the story behind the Plaza of Light please contact me.
“Inbad the Ailer” - This “Comic” book was given away to visitors as a promotion for the Technicolor Motion Picture show at the Saráka exhibit in the Hall of Pharmacy. It tells the story of Sultan Inbad Abduldul Mixtupha Sorhed Omy XXIII (or Inbad the Ailer) and his problem of constipation prior to his polo game.
The comic book was donated by Cathy Scibeli.
There are eight new images on the web thanks to David Knowles. These are scans of color slides taken by his grandfather William H. Beal. More images will be coming.
Artist Stephen Foster created this poster in the style of the 1939 NY World’s Fair for the 1939 NY World’s Fair website.
It is a digital print on high quality semi-gloss stock, suitable for framing. Measures 10.5” X 22 and is now available from Stephen via the WF website giftshop.
These posters are a wonderful way to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Fair
Quantities of these signed posters are VERY LIMITED … so get yours today.
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.
Nonia Wages Smith
I am interested in finding the original 1939 article that was published in The News Herald sent to Mary Long (that is the only information noted in the republished article I have.) This article was mentioned in an article published in The Gwinnett Citizen in October 2002 re: A Remarkable Trip In a T-Model Ford. A relative of mine (Ralph Wages) was mentioned in this article, he & 2 other young men left Lawrenceville, GA and went to the World’s Fair in New York, visited some other places, traveling approximately 3,000 miles in 11 days. He was killed in the Invasion of Sicily during World War II and I have a great picture of him in his army uniform that I would like to preserve for our family. Thank you so much for any help you can give me as to locating this article.
I recently met a new pizza friend. Frank Giaquinto’s grandfather had a pizzeria in Harlem starting in 1899. Frank’s parents made pizza at the World’s Fair in 1939. Frank does not use a computer by himself. Do you know if there are any photos of the pizza that was made at the 1939 World’s Fair by the Giaquinto family?
I am looking for information on this statue which was shipped from the World’s Fair in 1939 to a Mrs. Howard Morse. Thank you for any assistance you can provide.
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 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, 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.