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.
Sheri, when I visited Montreal in the 90s (I had not been there in ten or more years at that point), I recall driving over the Jacques Cartier Bridge and seeing the Dome. It was a thrill to see it again and I made it a point to visit Ile Ste. Helene to see it again. From a distance, it evokes happy memories but, close up and inside, it's just a shell of its former glory (despite the leaking and other issues you remember from 1967). It is so unfortunate it hasn't been restored to its full potential. I've often thought a city as vibrant as Montreal could place a priority on restoring that pavilion as an enduring monument to Expo.
Your comment about seeing your "home" in the photo is wonderful. It is such a beautiful way to remember your time there. I can't imagine how many hours you spent there in 1967 but when we were young, time was limitless as was our energy. Do you have any thoughts about the final days of Expo? You must have bonded with so many interesting people. It had to be difficult when it all came to an end. Do you have any specific memories you might share?
PS: If you search for Expo 67 news, there June 27 CBC story on Ontario Pavilion guides reuniting and maintaining their connections. It's a good article.
AH! It's always such a thrill to see my home! I spent so many, many hours there. My last visit 2008 but it was close to winter and there was no
green surrounding it. Lovely! Thanks for posting all of these. Of course, what is sad to me, tourists don't bother with the dome, they head for
the hideous casino that has disgraced this grounds of Expo.
I traveled to the New York World's Fair in 1965. I was 13 years old. Goldfinger was my favorite movie at the time so had to see the Aston Martin. I stood in line behind the ropes and when I got close to the car, and ducked under the ropes and sat in the driver's seat. I looked over the dash and tried to flip up the gearshift knob to expose the button for the ejection seat, but it was not there. Somewhere I read there was the car Connery drove for the movie, one they cracked up, they had a cab only for closeup shots and a mockup that would tour for promotions such as the World's Fair. I still treasure the memory today, Goldfinger is still my favorite movie. I heard the original was stolen,never to be found again.