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  2. The Great Fairs

    1. 1851, London, England - The Great Exhibition

      The Great Exhibition was held in Hyde Park, London, England from May 1 to October 11, 1851 and is considered the first world's fair. It took place in the Crystal Palace designed by Joseph Paxton.

    2. 1889, Paris, France - Universal Exposition of 1889

      The Exposition Universelle de 1889 was a World's Fair held in Paris, France from May 6, to October 31, 1889. Remembered most for the Eiffel Tower.

    3. 1893, Chicago, United States - World's Columbian Exposition

      The World's Columbian Exposition was held in Chicago, Illinois, United States from May 1 to October 31, 1893. It celebrated the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' discovery of the New World.

    4. 1904, Saint Louis, United States - Louisiana Purchase Exposition

      The Louisiana Purchase Exposition was held in the St. Louis, Missouri, United States from May 1 to October 31, 1904. The Fair celebrated the centennial of the Louisiana Purchase.

    5. 1915, San Francisco, United States - Panama-Pacific International Exposition

      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.

    6. 1933-34, Chicago, United States - A Century of Progress International Exposition

      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".

    7. 1939-40, New York, United States - The 1939-40 New York World's Fair

      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.

    8. 1939-40, San Francisco, United States - Golden Gate International Exposition

      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.

    9. 1958, Brussels, Belgium - Expo '58

      Expo 58 was held in Brussels, Belgium from April 17 to October 19. It was the first major World's Fair after World War II.

    10. 1964-65, New York, United States - The 1964/1965 New York World's Fair

      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.

    11. 1967, Montreal, Canada - Expo 67

      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.

    12. 1970, Osaka, Japan - Expo '70

      Expo '70 was held in Osaka, Japan from March 15 and September 13, 1970. This was the first World's Fair held in Japan, 77 countries participated and over 64 million visitors attended.

    13. 2010, Shanghai, China - Expo 2010

      World Expo Shanghai 2010 will be held in Shanghai, China from May 1 to October 31. Its theme is "Better City, Better Life."

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  4. Something for Everyone

    1. Fairs That Never Were

      Many fairs have been proposed over the years. Projects start with great fanfare and then fade away. These are their stories.

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    3. Community Chat

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    4. Festival of Laughing Gas

      It's a cavalcade of comedy! A parade of parody, delightful deadpan and silly slapstick. Something funny for everyone.

  5. Commerce Zone

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  • Posts

    • Expo 67 book update
      For what it's worth, I have good memories of Expo.  Most Expo pavilions were walk through.  Even Labyrinth. once of the most popular and well remembered pavilions, was walk through.  In fact, I do  not recall a single pavilion with a ride through the exhibits.  One way Montreal offered "rides," however, was the Mini Rail throughout the grounds.  The Blue Line linked most of Ile Notre Dame passing through the Ontario Pavilion while the Yellow Line linked most of Ile Set Helene and passed through the USA pavilion.  A shorter Yellow Line operated at La Ronde and still does.  These trains gave a great view of the pavilions and offered a way to get about the grounds.  I do not recall a single bus or automobile anywhere on the Expo Islands where there was pedestrian travel.
    • Expo 67 book update
      Thanks, Wayne. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I loved doing this one as Expo 67 was truly magical. There were mostly walk-in rides with a LOT of movies and some live shows. No real ride systems like NY had with the giant conveyor belts at GM and Bell, the rotating theater at GE, the cars at Ford, etc. The show designers went in a totally different direction. As a result the Expo pavilions seemed generally to be smaller than NY, so nothing on the scale of GM, say, but I think the content in many of them was better than in NY. I can't recall anything as lousy as the Better Living Center or Hall of Education, for example. With all the theaters the Expo lines could get long, but then a lot of people would all go in at once, so it helped keep things down. Some days were just packed, like in NY, but I was lucky and never hit a truly horrible day.
    • Expo 67 book update
      It arrived yesterday as promised by Amazon. I went through it cover to cover and then I couldn't post about because this site was down!   Really beautiful, Bill, another winner! I wish I could have gone. Now I'm trying to make mental comparisons to New York - seems like there were more walk through exhibits in Montreal as compared to New York. Might have been my downfall, as I tend to go slowly and look at every detail. What would you say were the relative percents of walk / theater / ride in Montreal and New York?  When I saw the pictures of lines at Expo 67, it made me think of the lines outside GE and GM in New York, which were paced by the per hour capacity. 
    • Outage information
      Sorry the board was down for a day or so. The database got corrupted somehow and it took longer than expected to diagnose and repair it. Please let me know if you spot any problems. Bill
    • Chrysler Turbine Car, Thank You, Valet
      I saw this on display there a few years ago, but it's great to see it run.  Thanks for posting.
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