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 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.
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.
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.