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 can remember the loud clicking sound the Zenith Space Command TV Remote Control used to make. Thus the name "clicker," as in ":where's the damn clicker? The game has already started." I still call it a clicker but there isn't a single soul under 40 who knows why.
It amazes me when I hear a historian on C-SPAN say that the most valued records to them (when doing research) are the personal letters written by the subject. Only then, are they allowed to get "close" to them.
Today, as e-mails are being erased, what records are we leaving future generations? We are one giant server collapse away from losing thoughts and experiences of this time (30+ years) forever. Even if they are somehow saved to a "hard copy", who in future generations is going to wade through all the nonsense to get to the "real" history?
(Side note: People are forgetting even the sounds of past generations. I can see someone in Hollywood asking, "What did a wall telephone sound like in the 1960's when it was ringing?" (Remember, no ring tones) Only as I watched the recent movie, "First Man", did I realize they got it wrong.)
Holy crap. Telephone books are veritable time capsule and they, as a utility item, are fast disappearing. It is hard to imagine that some museum or library would not value it as a primary for Montreal in 1967. Even in a digital era, there will remain a place for hard copy sources.Print media and handwritten letters will always hold value.