Welcome to the March edition of the 1939 New York World’s Fair newsletter.
It’s been exciting to add new Fair items to the website and learn about the marvels that were exhibited in 1939. But for me, the most rewarding aspect is when the new material is the story of a person. In some instances the person may still be alive when the story was added, such as Lilly Tossas from the Cuban Village, or Lucille Jacobs from Frozen Alive. Others included Adolph Witschard, Architect, inventor, and the man behind the animation for Futurama, or Helen Coombs and Rudy Coombs from the Wall of Death.
The latest is Mr. Harry Poole Camden, Jr., and the winner of the competition for the statues which were seen on the facade of the Federal Building. Harry’s grand-daughter, Marcia Camden, shared a Power Point presentation which she made for her family. I have taken what Marcia did along with some information I received from others and added two new pages about Harry and the contest.
You can find photos and story about Harry at http://1939nyworldsfair.com/worlds_fair/wf_tour/zone-/united_states.htm
Many thanks to Marcia for allowing me to share her work with you.
David Cope, World’s Fair Historian submitted the story behind the Haskell Guard who were excellent horsemen and the escorts for dignitaries at the World’s Fair.
From Allen Roth
A rug with the Statue of Liberty holding the torch in the wrong hand. You’ll find a link to a large photo on
http://www.1939nyworldsfair.com/worlds_fair/odds_n_ends-5.htm#rug and more information on the World’s Fair Blog at:
From Christine Johnson
More postcards have been added in several folders along with a brochure from Mikimoto Pearls. See the February 7 blog post for details:
The postcards can be accessed by visiting the main postcard page: http://www.1939nyworldsfair.com/Postcards/index.htm
Mikimoto Pearls brochure; http://www.1939nyworldsfair.com/Mikimoto_pearls/Mikimoto_pearls.htm and a Mikimoto Pearls Postcard which you will find at the bottom of the Japan Pavilion page;
Brian Knepp sent in a number of B&W Fair photos which I will be adding to the site during the month of March.
Dennis Geardino wrote:
A few years back I was on 125th St. in the Upper East Side and wandered into a place called the ‘Demolition Depot’. What a cool place, full of old NYC memorabilia! While exploring the store, I stumbled on a old stainless steel ticket booth with the 1939 World’s Fair emblem on the side. It may very well have been from the World’s Fair?
People Seeking Information:
In January I started a new section on the website and blog titled “People Seeking Information.”
(Website http://www.1939nyworldsfair.com/people_seeking_information.htm and on the blog:
http://39wfblog.1939nyworldsfair.com/people-seeking-informaton ) Take a look and see if you can help these people find answers to their questions.
If you have a question email me and I will add it to the list.
I will not publish email addresses but ask that anyone with an answer contact me. I in turn will put the two parties in touch with one and other.
Please take a look and see if you can help these people find answers.
The Anniversary of Two Fairs
As I am sure you are aware, this April is the 75th anniversary of the 1939 NY World’s Fair and the 50th of the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Many things are being planned and I will post scheduled events on the blog starting in March, or as I receive information about them. If you have an event or are involved with one, let me know so I can share the information.
All 24 Collector’s Postcards are available in two sets or order individual cards.
Postcard sets are only $12.00 plus $3.00 s/h.
Collector’s Postcard sets 1 & 2 can be ordered at:
Individual Postcards can be ordered at:
Watch the Postcard video on the home page or on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEdXZbhYeEA
Quantities are limited.
Visit the Gift Shop on the 1939 NY World’s Fair website: http://1939nyworldsfair.com/worlds_fair/gift_shop/index.htm
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: https://www.facebook.com/1939NYWorldsFair
Among our Contributors are the Museum of the City of New York, and Author & World’s Fair Authority, Mr. Bill Cotter.
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 at: http://goo.gl/nq2qM 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 ( http://www.1939nyworldsfair.com/contact.htm ) with the information that you want to appear. Links must be approved before they are added.
Join the World’s Fair Community page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/1939NYWorldsFair – Simply Like” the page, while you are there, why not add a post or a comment.
Follow the 1939 NY World’s Fair blog: http://39wfblog.1939nyworldsfair.com/ While you are on the page, you can sign up for automatic email notifications of new blog posts.
Thanks to everyone who has shared their World’s Fair material.