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.
Here you go: http://fultonhistory.com/Newspaper 14/Long Island City NY Star Journal/Long Island City NY Star Journal 1963/Long Island City NY Star Journal 1963 - 0880.pdf I don't think this has come up before, so thanks for letting us know about it.
Funny I saw this exchange today, as I've been doing some genealogy research for a friend whose parents both died young so he has little family history. So.... his father was killed by falling off the heliport building at the Worlds Fair April 27, 1963. He was an ironworker. It's funny I don't find any newspaper reports on the accident or even his obituary. Fred Lorey
Upon further review (as they say), I don't think this can be a Swiss Sky Ride base. While photos are scarce and by definition two-dimensional (which is often misleading), all the bases were square. Most had FOUR attachment points (poles with four legs), but a few had one massive pole. I had mistakenly seen two or three photos of the four-legged base taken from a 90 degree angle, and concluded those were two legs. This has to be something else....and no obvious answers jump out at me. One of the locals can get back out there and measure it- it's sizeable enough to be VERY heavy. And it's in an odd place, just sitting there at an angle to everything else. As my picture shows, somebody had used it to rest their barbecue grill on. Maybe Johnny Piro can find a Parks Dept employee with a long memory, who might be able to explain what it is.
Brass Rail without the balloons inflated, showing the big "tent pole structure" That center pole had to be anchored to something.