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.
Wow! More good stuff, Bill. Thank you VERY much.
If one were to take all of those unbuilt pavilions and exhibits and put them together, they would have comprised a world's fair unto themselves.
The absence, by 1962, of major nations (UK, France, USSR, Canada etc.) is very noteworthy, however. By then, Mr. Moses had already offended the BIE and reduced international participation to what we saw in 1964 and 1965.
If the adage that the only thing new is the history we do not already know is true, then this site is a perfect example of this concept. I learn new material from so many people almost every time I log onto this site.
And I am very grateful.
From my first book on the Seattle Fair:
The Society of American Foresters also had a small display that focused on the timber industry. Surrounded by a variety of trees native to the region, the exhibit promoted the wise management of forest resources, with an emphasis on replanting and replenishment. A film explored what the forests may look like in the year 2062 if they are properly managed and nurtured.
Glad you like it, Jim. And on the subject of things on the map that never made it to the NY Fair:
Ok, Bill, if you took all of the times you've come up with an obscure photo this would top them all combined. I knew this display existed and I've often wondered what it might have been. I wonder how accurate or complete the map and the display model were in this exhibit. For example, it appears there is no Federal Building in the circle where it eventually stood
At first, I thought the woman with her back to the map was an attendant of some sort, but because she is so bundled in a coat, as are the others, I suspect she is a Century 21 visitor.
It appears the people in NY were still working on the logo in 1962.
Thank you very much for this photograph!