Staged to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal, and drawing over 19 million visitors in only nine months, the Pan-Pacific International Expo rose like a literal jewel from the ashes of San Francisco's 1906 Earthquake and Fire.
A Century of Progress International Exposition was held in Chicago, Illinois from 1933 to 1934 to celebrate the city's centennial. The theme of the fair was technological innovation. Its motto was "Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Conforms".
The 1939-40 New York World's Fair, located on the current site of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, was one of the largest world's fairs of all time. The fair ran for two seasons and over 44 million people attended.
The Golden Gate International Exposition was held in San Francisco, California to celebrate the opening of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge. The exposition's first season ran from February 18, 1939 through October 29, 1939 and its second season was from May 25, 1940 through September 29, 1940.
The 1964/1965 New York World’s Fair, located on the current site of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The fair ran for two seasons and took place without sanctioning from the Bureau of International Expositions.
Expo 67 was held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from April 27 to October 29, 1967. It was considered to be the most successful World's Fair of the 20th century, with over 50 million visitors and 62 nations participating.
Time Warner cable has a brief segment each day called "Today in New York History." It's generally about as good as TWC service. That said, whoever selects the topics for each day has a connection with the New York State Museum in Albany. Some daily segments are informative; some are dumb. Today's included NY Giant's Bobby Thomson's three run homer in 1951 known as the "shot heard round the world" on October 3, 1951. It then used New Yorker's reaction to the 1995 Simpson verdict. That's dumb. It was a California story, not New York's. I am going to watch on October 4 to see if they use Pope Paul's NYC visit as an important moment in NYS history for that day. I'll bet they don't.
Eric, I did wonder about that and looked at some photographs in the Richard Wurts book last night. Those columns did not appear to be glass encased to me. Are you suggesting that just because something has been printed in a book or appears on television or on a website it might not be accurate?!! Of course, this makes it possible (maybe probable) that those "loud speakers" at the top of the Perisphere were never used as such. (Does anyone refer to these things as loud speakers today?) I also notice that the Helicline is not labeled as such. It's a more utilitarian "down ramp." Pre-Fair drawings can be very interesting and highlight the evolution of ideas. Wouldn't you love to go back for just one hour and tour the Theme Center? I am endlessly amazed by those vanished structures. Jim
I've never seen the red embossed stamp prior to this thread. I have collected stamps for years and, oddly, it doesn't even appear in my book. It's very interesting and you are likely correct in that very few were issued. I do know that, in the old days, when stamps came in perforated sheets that one could put virtually any image on an SASE and mail it to the post office where the commemorative was to be issued, That SASE would be returned as a first day of issue. I don't even know if that is possible today. In addition, the blocks of four we see above really no longer exist due to the manner in which stamps are now issued as self-adhesive. I'd never heard that Mr. Moses tried to strong arm the Postal Service into issuing a two year commemorative. As far as I know they have never issued a true commemorative that represents more than the year of issue. The embossed envelopes are not considered to be commemoratives by stamp collectors and such envelopes tend to be issued for as long as that stamp denomination remains unchanged.
Two more first day covers created by Ralph Dyer. These of course were created specifically for the commemorative stamp. The example with the rainbow color background highlighting the text is one of a kind and is originally form the personal collection of Dyer. This design was also used by Dyer for his first day cover of the 1939 New York World Fair issue. The allegorical figure remains the same on both cachets, however here of course Dyer included the Unisphere while on the 1939 cover he used the Trylon & Perisphere.
This was the discovery copy of this particular stamp making it a one-of-a-kind stamp. As to value it is difficult to say because I can find no mention of this stamp as ever having been auctioned or sold prior to my acquiring it. I can say though that for me given that it is the only one and is a significant part of my exhibit of this particular stamp for me it is "priceless."