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.
That's a wonderful photograph in so many ways. It's cool to realize that flagpole with the eagle is still there. I love that kid's pose. He looks as if he's trying to look tough and with that hat, he needed to be.
It's also interesting for me to realize I stood very near that spot in 1965 for a photo with my sister and parents. I was NOT wearing a hat.
Monticello is still operating. But it has just faced a disaster. Its owners applied for and won a permit to operate a casino. I believe it is the largest in New York which has maybe eight Casios across Upstate now. But Monticello failed and I believe it declared bankruptcy and has closed. The raceway is not affected, but the huge casino, hotel and indoor waterpark are closed.
The other photo may be for Vernon Downs which was relatively new in 1964 and still operates.
The contrail is also interesting. At first I thought it was a defect in the negative but the lighter streak cleanly passes behind some objects like the flag and the statue atop the Italy pavilion, so I'm not sure what it is/was. Newly restored negative from my collection. - Bill Cotter