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    1. Announcements

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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

    • 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.
    • It is a great photo.  So much of the Fair is still wrapped in scaffolding but that results in a charm all its own.  Independence Hall, Italy, USSR--all look quite remarkable in this shot.
    • 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.
    • Hi Magikbilly - thanks for repeating about the size of this image - I didn't realize it until I opened it in a full window on my big monitor and then read the dimensions. A super aerial panorama for sure!
    • Hi All, I just opened this file up above as posted - it is HUGE! Have a look! The light towers are indeed there on the Aquacade. Some 20-30% of this fair is under scaffolding here, or unfinished in some way. This is one of those few shots that have much of the fair in a single view.
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