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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

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    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.

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  • Posts

    • Wow thanks for bumping that Wayne! I was reading along thinking it was posted now, wondering why I had not heard of Perisphere. I mentioned elsewhere, prob in Bill’s original post of the cable section pic, that I watched them spin cables for that bridge, a feat I always found remarkable having seen pics of such performed on the Brooklyn Bridge. I’ll bet my dad knew he was seeding lifelong continuity memories in my little head when we sat in his car and watched. Perisphere, if you’re still out there, thanks for the write up and happy anniversary.  
    • Here a test pattern guide escorts a delegation from Corpus Christi.
    • OMG Two versions of the test pattern.  If one didn't permantly damage your vision, they came back with a second to finish you off.  At least they ditched the black cattle rustler gloves. I prefer the candy striper.   Speaking of gloves in the Texas summer, a now-grandma who wore one of those navy blue U.S.Pavilion uniforms as a hostess, recalled the month long training that the white gloves were mandatory every single day, but they all ditched them on Opening Day and never wore them again.... except on two occasions.  A visit by the President & Lady Bird, and a visit by Prince Rainier & Princess Grace of Monaco.  They pulled out the white gloves.
    • U.S. Pavilion on closing day.  Needs a little color correction; those uniforms were navy blue.   General Electric   Okay, the multicolor-with-yellow-boots uniform is described as 'Monorail hostesses'.  But notice in the first picture they all had identical uniforms, while here they alternate with a version that has the big green stripe on the skirt instead of the jacket.
    • I still haven't figured out the difference between a guide and a hostess, and various period Hemisfair commentators seemed to use the two terms interchangeably. I suspect hostesses worked for a specific pavilion.  There is a color photo of a group of girls in a yellow & orange classic That Girl jumper walking at Hemisfair, and another one with a girl in the same uniform pointing at something in the Bell Pavilion.  Then one of girls in four or five different uniforms (including the yellow Bell one) sitting together outdoors.  ALL of which looked better that the hideous test pattern disaster.  Since Bill hasn't spotted it in any slides yet, I wonder if it got rejected?  (but the color photo of it was in a recent 50th anniversary retrospective in San Antonio).     U.S. Pavilion hostesses wore navy blue.   A couple of Bill's Bell Pavilion photos, both of which feature the yellow & orange uniform, albeit the second one with the yellow & orange reversed.
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