If you enjoy this site, please click the "like" button. From the Robert Klein Collection. Photo taken by his father, Miklos Klein, after arriving from Hungary in Covering 1, acres, in Flushing Meadows, New York, the New York World's Fair, like the legendary Phoenix rising from the ashes, was erected on what was an ash-dump.
Westinghouse Time Capsule marker One of the first exhibits to receive attention was the Westinghouse Time Capsulewhich was not to be opened for 5, years the year The time capsule was a tube containing writings by Albert Einstein and Thomas Manncopies of Life Magazinea Mickey Mouse watch, a Gillette safety razora kewpie dolla dollar in change, a pack of Camel cigarettesmillions of pages of text on microfilmand much more.
The capsule also contained seeds of foods in common use at the time: A small stone plaque marks the position. Notable was the crowning of the "Super-Boy and Super-Girl of the Day" following an athletic contest, and a public appearance by Supermanplayed by an unidentified man.
Broadway actor Ray Middletonwho served as a judge for the contest, is often credited with having appeared in the Superman costume on Superman Day, but he did not; however, he may have played Superman during a live radio broadcast from the scene.
Although the unknown man in the costume is often said to have been the first actor ever to play Superman, Bud Collyer had been performing the role on the Superman radio series since the preceding February.
The fair was also the occasion for the 1st World Science Fiction Conventionsubsequently dubbed "Nycon 1". There were also eight electrons, which were illustrated in Life Magazine March Gregory also created two exhibitions featuring his ceramic sculptures for the General Motors Building, American Imports and American Exports.
Themes and zones[ edit ] Map showing exhibit locations and transportation access The fair was divided into differently themed zones, such as the Transportation Zone, the Communications and Business Systems Zone, the Food Zone, the Government Zone, and so forth.
Virtually every structure erected on the fairgrounds was extraordinary, and many of them were experimental in many ways. Architects were encouraged by their corporate or government sponsors to be creative, energetic and innovative.
Novel building designs, materials and furnishings were the norm. Inside the Perisphere was a "model city of tomorrow that visitors" viewed from a moving walkway high above the floor level. The zones were distinguished by many color cuesincluding different wall colors and tints and differently colored lighting.
The colors blue and orange were chosen as the official colors of the fair, as they were the colors of New York City, and featured prominently.
Only the Trylon and Perisphere were all white; avenues stretching out into the zones from the Theme Center were designed with rich colors that changed the further one walked from the center of the grounds.
For example, the exhibits and other facilities along the Avenue of Pioneers were in a progression of blues, starting with pale tints and ending in deep ultramarine. At night, with the latest in lighting technology switched on, the effect was felt by many visitors to be a magical experience.
Electrification was still relatively new and had not reached everywhere in the US. The fair was the first public demonstration of several lighting technologies that became common in the following decades. These technologies included the introduction of the first fluorescent light and fixture.
General Electric Corporation held the patent to the fluorescent light bulb at the time. Approximately a year later, the original three major corporations, LightolierArtcraft Fluorescent Lighting Corporationand Globe Lighting, located mostly in the New York City region, began wide-scale manufacturing in the US of the fluorescent light fixture.
Another theme of the fair was the emerging new middle class, leading a hoped-for recovery from the Great Depression. The fair promoted the "Middleton Family"—Babs, Bud, and their parents—who appeared in ads showing them taking in the sights of the fair and the new products being manufactured to make life easier and affordable, such as the new automatic dishwasher.
Each day at the fair was a special theme day, for which a special button was issued; for example, May 18,was " Asbury Park, New Jersey Day".
Some of these buttons are very rare and all are considered collectibles. Inthe theme of the fair was changed to "For Peace and Freedom" as war in Europe escalated. With its vast area and prominent location just south of the Theme Center, the Transportation Zone pavilions attracted widespread attention.
Perhaps the most popular of the Transportation Zone pavilions was the one built for General Motors. At the conclusion of the ride the visitors to the pavilion exited into an area that was constructed as a life-size city intersection with multistory buildings and stores on all sides.
The stores included an auto dealership and an appliance store where visitors could see the latest GM and Frigidaire products. Many experimental product concepts and new materials were shown that were not currently available for purchase, but became available in various ways over the next few years.
In many ways the fair pavilions more resembled a modern-day government-sponsored science fair exhibit than they resembled modern corporate advertising and sales promotions.
Not far from GM and Ford was the Chrysler exhibit group, where an audience in a theater with air conditioningthen a new technology, could watch a Plymouth being assembled in an early 3D film.
Railroads were a major form of transportation for both passengers and freight inas airlines are for passengers today. Many visitors to the fair arrived in New York by railroad, and most visitors had at least a moderate interest in the topic.
The centerpiece of the Railroad Conference exhibits on seventeen acres was "Railroads on Parade", a spectacular live drama re-enacting the birth and growth of railroads. It had music by Kurt Weil and choreography by Bill Matons.
The Italian state railways displayed one of their record-setting ETR electric multiple unit cars. At the IBM pavilion, electric typewriters and a fantastic machine called the "electric calculator" that used punched cardswere on display.The New York World’s Fair opened on May 30, which was the th anniversary of the inauguration of George Washington in New York City.
New York World's Fair in Flusing Meadows New York. Stories, photographics and a gift shop with collectibles from the '39 NY World's Fair. Shop eBay for great deals on New York World’s Fair Collectibles.
You'll find new or used products in New York World’s Fair Collectibles on eBay. Free shipping on selected items. An amazing compilation from the Worlds fair. The first three are great promotional films with sound, but its the silent amateur films that will take your breathe away.
Postcard History Series: New York's - World's Fair by Andrew F. Wood. The story of the - World's Fair as seen through many of the post cards printed.
Seventy-five years ago, on April 30, , the colossal New York World's Fair opened in what is now Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, in the borough of Queens.
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