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.
OK. It's official; I'm losing my mind.
For days I've posted this URL address but it would never once open for me. I'll bet I tried ten different times'. And I gave it a shot again tonight.
I'm stunned that it picked tonight to actually properly function. But I'm glad that it does because the story is quite wonderful.
The October Crisis: The Ghost of Expo 67 by Adam Gopnik
Mr. Gopnik's account of boyhood remembrances of moving to Montreal with his family and living in Habitat focuses on his exploration of a now empty Expo grounds in October 1970 after PM Trudeau declared martial law in response to violence and kidnapping and the rise of the separatist group, the FLQ. It's a powerful essay contrasting the wonder and joy found on the Expo Islands and the terror and horror related to The October Crisis.
That's the copied and pasted URL address but I'm having trouble getting it to link to that essay. Any suggestions as to how it can be fixed.
I have no clue what it is but what I do remember is walking by the Space Park and along that walkway next to the Ford pavilion when we first entered the Fair.
It was early September of 1965. I can still envision a Ford employee raking dried leaves off the lawn near where the line entering the pavilion is seen in this photo.
It's strange what moments we recall. My parents were discussing where to begin our day and my sister was holding my father's hand. I watched that man carefully rake those leaves. He did this just as if the place would be there forever.
And as I watched him, all I could think was that in six weeks it would all be torn down. It seemed so incongruous to me even as a kid. He was making certain the grounds were perfect despite the fact that it would all be rubble before all of the leaves had even fallen.