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.
The uncertainty of what year all but the first image was made, has been a mystery to me for decades. Unlike 35mm slides, 120 color slide film required cropping to superslide size for my purposes, which removed the margin with the date stamp. I tend to believe that most are from 1964, which better explains the "School of Tomorrow" image. My final posting (#2, first photo) has an image that certainly implies 1964. Perhaps the most plausible theory is that all slides, save the first one in posting #1, are likely Hall of Education.
This series presents the five miniature dioramas behind glass at the Dawn Bible Students exhibit. From left to right (as shown below, we see (1) "A New Age Dawns," suggesting a brighter future for mankind (note the tank cannon, jet planes, etc. in the lower left). (2) "Daniel Sees Our Day," makes one wonder what he he must have thought of all that strange stuff. (3) "The Crucifixion," with lots of reflections in the glass. (4) "Abraham Offers Isaac," wherein a nearby animal is substituted as a sacrificial offering. (5) The fifth diorama, whose title is unreadable because of its angle, is of Adam and Eve being tempted by Satan. (Note: in the first photo, the nearby eatery is entitled "Hall of Education Cafeteria," which means I probably took this series in 1964, when the pavilion had its original name.)
Image 1 is my version of an oft-photographed scene, with the Travelers pavilion looming behind. The pavilion's 1965 name is clearly shown on the balcony railing. The following photos, however, may or may not have been taken in 1965.
Image 2 is the Lutheran Hour exhibit, one of a number of religious groups in the pavilion.
Images 3 (Civilization Through Tools) and Image 4 (School of Tomorrow) were either from 1964 (Hall of Education) or holdovers into 1965.
Image 5 is a reference from the Official Map.