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.
Shady but authorized restaurant equipment dealer to Japan Pavilion rep:
"Sign here - it's the standard contract."
(Rep, assuming he should not make waves, signs.)
Union guy, during installation: "Boss, this ice chest ain't on the drawings!"
Boss: "Uh, just put it by the stairs outside. We'll take it back later." (Which never happens. Instead, the union plumber and electrician get overtime for connecting it.)
Nothing to do with the Trinitron. Actually a very old idea from the late 40's used by RCA to make a color receiver before color picture tubes were perfected. It has one advantage: a very bright picture; and lots of disadvantages including its bulk compared to the picture size and the fact that you have to look directly into it to see the picture, so it's hard to share viewing. I'll post some links to a surviving RCA large-screen unit when I get on my desktop.
Let me add that this is an example of Japan's lifetime employment policy - their electronics companies completed full design and implementation of demonstration items like this that were not reasonably expected to have wide commercial success. They were paying the engineers anyway, so they did a lot of kiting of projects that would be abandoned at the paper study stage elsewhere.