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.
The plan for the NYS pavilion came true due to the idiotic logic of the Fair Corporation the final months. If by the words, "may be altered," they meant neglect, no funding, rust, rot and graffiti artists, they were correct. And if their words "recreation center" envisioned drug deals, ruining the map with ten million roller skate wheels and fifty years of searing summers and frigid winters slowly devouring the pavilion, then Corporation was spot on.
Doug, I think you just have to live long enough to be older than dirt. Or you have to have been the first visitor through the turnstiles at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Or which ever comes first. Then you're a lifer.
Speaking of GE--
There was a brief nod to the Carousel of Progress in Disney's latest live-action movie "Dumbo" where they stop in an auto animatronic display featuring a kitchen of the future.
In fact, part of the movie is a nod to Theme Parks and World's Fairs of the past:
One of the Pavilions in Dreamland is Wonders of Science, where the auto animatronic display is located.
Strangely, the owner of this Theme Park/Fair (a kind of Walt Disney character) is displayed in a negative light. This is surprising, seeing the film was made by Disney.