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.
I've long wanted to post to nywf64.com my collection of commercial slides of the Fair. My collection is incomplete so I turned to Bill Cotter who very generously provided the missing slides so that there could be a relatively complete collection of them on the website. The slide sets are those produced by Photo Lab of Washington, D.C. and Blackhawk Films of Davenport, IA under the United Air Lines MAINLINER Vacation Series title. Click on either of the images below to visit the featured presentation at nywf64.com. Many thanks, Bill, for allowing me to use your slide images for these features! I appreciate it very much!
Great pix, Bill.
Because Coventry Cathedral just turned 100 this month (after a few centuries as St. Michael's), I thought it might be interesting to add this link to your thread.
Coventry Cathedral - Then and Now
In my never-ending quest to visit Fair-related sites I stopped at the ruins of the Coventry Cathedral in England on Thursday to see the cross made from timbers of the church, which had been destroyed by Nazi bombers in 1940. It was a horribly wet day as a major storm was passing through, so I left my Nikon safely in the car and grabbed what I could with my phone. Very moving. Here's one shot from the visit and one of the replica at the Fair.