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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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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".

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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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  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.

    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.

    3. Community Chat

      General discussion, something for everyone.

    4. Festival of Laughing Gas

      It's a cavalcade of comedy! A parade of parody, delightful deadpan and silly slapstick. Something funny for everyone.

  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.

    2. Commercial Events

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  • Posts

    • Wow that's the one i was looking for!  Ray  brought me over by there in the old original Bush Gardens, now built up with very beautiful houses. We explored some and went in some, and then down to the real back roads of pasadena where we did some  conservation work, and i even did a bit of subterranean caving, a sport i still did back. I even gave a speech. Some photos are knocking around. He told me Batman lived near there. He was a great guy, extremely personable, wonderful speaking voice. He always told me your money's no good here. Great guy. I miss him. I was just telling my friend about watching some local Calif. Tv show in a motel room, Huell Howser's show i think. He was in the home of a couple who were married for a lot of years and every single Valentine's Day the man drew his wife a picture. There were all hung on the wall and framed and she was so proud of them. it was so cute. I wonder if the that show still exists too.
    • Everybody and his little brother and their mother asked me a question back then, especially in '65 when i drove the bus. They didn't shake my hand tho, except that guy with the big knife, but that's another story. It irked me at the time, especially the guy with the knife, to put it mildly. I put it all in my big WF cartoon that's now lamentably lost.  When I was back at the fairgrounds in 2001, I think, for one of our worlds fair shing dings, some stranger actually approached me and asked me directions. He must have smelled who I was was. So just for old times sent I let him in the wrong direction yuk yuk yuk!
    • Me too. Gee, I haven't seen the tapes that Ray gave me in a long time, and I've lost quite a bit in my travels around the west (like my Jean Shepherd stuff}, but i think it may be in a box, and i was going to look through my old boxes anyway because some fool wants me to scan some cartoons from my old cartoon book (which is still on amazon after lo these many years!...but unfortunately the big crowded cartoon i drew of my experiences at the nywf is long gone.
    •     Yeah, it was great, Jim. I think it was March 1964 (started training before the fair opened) to Oct 1964 with the winter off, and in the winter i visited, and stayed with some, fair employees who lived in Texas. Too bad it didn't last forever. There were quite a few fair followers working there tho. They were in Seattle before and then Montreal. They tried to make it last forever.  Even if it did i guess i wouldn't have stayed young forever anyway. Maybe i would have. Maybe fairs are halfway in the twilight zone...
    •     It was a nasty rumor that circulated at the NYWF, especially amongst the Pinkerton crowd, that i was in the habit of knocking over Dempsey - or was it Dempster? - Dumpsters when in truth i just used to crash into them or sideswipe them.  Also in Navy boot camp they assigned me to guard one of them (were they afraid that spies would steal it?) that was filled with rotten vegetables from the chow hall. I can still smell it.  They should ban those things. They are dangerous. The dent up your bus when you bump into them. Then you have to worry about Mister Peterson noticing it and asking, "Why is the bus squashed in on the right side!?"  "Gee, I don't know. I got it like that. Probably the guy before me crashed into a depsey dumster or something."    
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