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.
Another new view - three of The Four Elements by Carl Jennewein. 1940 35mm Kodachrome. Sixty-five feet each with golden plaques representative of the elements. This may be backwards (Cone Ed should be back there) - I have not decided. I don't think so looking at the various buttons.
This reminds me - has anyone ever seen a color shot of the Kodak interior with the panorama of multiple Kodachrome projections? I've only come across monochrome ones.
I was reminded of this by proofreading a chapter of an upcoming SMPTE book that will chronicle yearly activities of the SMPE/SMPTE since its inception. Much of it is dry accounts of what committee structures changed, list of reports given at the conventions, etc. However, some of the more interesting tidbits are brief mentions of the field trips during some conventions. The fall 1939 convention (October 16-19) included a trip to the New York World's Fair on Monday evening for successive special presentations at Chrysler's auditorium, and at sustaining members' exhibits: RCA, Kodak, and American Telephone and Telegraph.
A paper and accompanying stereoscopic film were presented at Chrysler; television was demonstrated at RCA.
Kodak expounded on the eleven special projectors used to produce the panorama of Kodachrome pictures, and the delegates examined the equipment behind the scenes in the projection room.
AT&T presented a demonstration of two-channel recording on steel tape. SMPE delegates' conversations on stage were recorded and then their conversations were played back while mannequins replaced them, to illustrate the illusion of sound emanating from the proper locations.