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.
As I remember back almost fifty five years I recall waiting in lines at Johnson's Wax (the film, "To Be Alive," was on everyone's list), GE (for reasons stated above), Bell Telephone. Vatican, GM and Ford. I believe we even stood in line at The Schaefer Center.
I remember my mother spent several weeks prior to our trip talking to friends who had visited the Fair. She even brought along a list of pavilions her many friends said were a "must see," and it was annotated with stars (four meant don't think of returning home without seeing it and one meant that the exhibit wasn't much but it might offer a cold beer, a good meal, or unique souvenirs).
Anything below a one was relegated to the "you can see that schlock at the New York State Fair for crying out loud."
And that included every ride at the Fair except the Swiss Sky ride and the Uniroyal Tire Ferris Wheel. And she stuck to that list with a great deal of pride and she only veered off of it when she discovered there was an Austrian pavilion (she was Austrian) and when my Dad located the bar in the Ireland pavilion.
He was Irish.
OK, in truth, they veered off the list one more Time when we passed Lowenbrau Gardens on a hot afternoon.
At least the GE waiting area was done tastefully at the NYWF. Similar canopies were added to Shanghai's Expo 2010, as the oppressive summer heat closed-in, but were very unsightly and blocked views of the pavilions. Trying to get decent photos of otherwise attractive pavilions was extremely challenging....
I too, remember all the big attractions at the Fair, but I never remember waiting in long lines. Maybe it was the time of the year we went.
I think (as a youth) I would have been disappointed if I spent most of the day waiting in line. I guess the low attendance of the Fair had its side benefits.
I was 21, but likewise do not remember the waits, even though I must have been in them.
I wonder if GE was using the now common trick of posting wait times longer than actual along the queue, so that everyone felt they were making better than usual time?