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's the current cover design for my upcoming book on Expo 67. They may change it again but I think this is likely to be close to the final result. There will also be a French version but I haven't seen it yet. The book will be out in mid 2016.
Thanks to the people who have reviewed the draft and sent in their suggestions. I'm two weeks away from the submission deadline so it's a race to the finish line, with the final two chapters being finished in the next few days. If anyone else would like to review it please let me know, as I'm doing my best to make it as accurate as possible. I only wish it could be 3-4 times as long as there were so many great pictures I had to skip. You really start to see how big a project Expo 67 was when you start looking at all the individual elements in detail.
For those of us who collect postcards, I spotted the first 2015 Milan postcard on European auction house Delcampe---- a kind of humorous "Crocoburger"- from the Zimbabwe Exhibit.. I don't know whether there were really crocodile burgers offered at the Expo or not. :D
Anyway, thought you might like to see it.
I looked up what I could find (through Italian-to-English translation sites)- and indeed the Crocoburger restaurant in the Zimbabwe Pavilion featured not just crocodile burgers (meat imported from Zimbabwe crocodile farms), but zebra burgers too. :D One source explained that crocodile is not an endangered species in Italian law, so imports were okay.