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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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".

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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  3. World's Fairs & Expositions

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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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    2. Events

      Do you have a free world's fair related event you'd like to publicize? A picnic or get together? Post your event here.

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    3. Community Chat

      General discussion, something for everyone.

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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.

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  5. Commerce Zone

    1. The Souvenir Shop

      Have a Fair collectible you would like to sell? Are you trying to find a buyer for a one-of-a-kind item? Do you buy and sell world's fair memorabilia? The Souvenir Shop is the place for you.

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    2. Commercial Events

      Want to promote a world's fair related commercial event? Are you having a collectibles show? Is there an admission fee? Commercial Events is the place for you.

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  • Posts

    • 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.
    • This was a sample unit showing the construction techniques used for Habitat 67. I wonder what became of it.
    • Funny, I heard that it was bought by NASA for the first stage of a Saturn V rocket---you know, the one that delivered Elvis to the moon.
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