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    1. Announcements

      Find out what's new at The World's Fair Community.

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    2. Introductions

      New to the World's Fair Community? Long-time reader but never posted? Take a moment and say hello!

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  2. The Great Fairs

    1. 1851, London, England - The Great Exhibition

      The Great Exhibition was held in Hyde Park, London, England from May 1 to October 11, 1851 and is considered the first world's fair. It took place in the Crystal Palace designed by Joseph Paxton.

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    2. 1889, Paris, France - Universal Exposition of 1889

      The Exposition Universelle de 1889 was a World's Fair held in Paris, France from May 6, to October 31, 1889. Remembered most for the Eiffel Tower.

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    3. 1893, Chicago, United States - World's Columbian Exposition

      The World's Columbian Exposition was held in Chicago, Illinois, United States from May 1 to October 31, 1893. It celebrated the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' discovery of the New World.

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    4. 1904, Saint Louis, United States - Louisiana Purchase Exposition

      The Louisiana Purchase Exposition was held in the St. Louis, Missouri, United States from May 1 to October 31, 1904. The Fair celebrated the centennial of the Louisiana Purchase.

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    5. 1915, San Francisco, United States - Panama-Pacific International Exposition

      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.

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    6. 1933-34, Chicago, United States - A Century of Progress International Exposition

      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".

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    7. 1939-40, New York, United States - The 1939-40 New York World's Fair

      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.

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    8. 1939-40, San Francisco, United States - Golden Gate International Exposition

      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.

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    9. 1958, Brussels, Belgium - Expo '58

      Expo 58 was held in Brussels, Belgium from April 17 to October 19. It was the first major World's Fair after World War II.

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    10. 1964-65, New York, United States - The 1964/1965 New York World's Fair

      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.

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    11. 1967, Montreal, Canada - Expo 67

      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.

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    12. 1970, Osaka, Japan - Expo '70

      Expo '70 was held in Osaka, Japan from March 15 and September 13, 1970. This was the first World's Fair held in Japan, 77 countries participated and over 64 million visitors attended.

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    13. 2010, Shanghai, China - Expo 2010

      World Expo Shanghai 2010 will be held in Shanghai, China from May 1 to October 31. Its theme is "Better City, Better Life."

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  3. World's Fairs & Expositions

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  4. Something for Everyone

    1. Fairs That Never Were

      Many fairs have been proposed over the years. Projects start with great fanfare and then fade away. These are their stories.

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    2. Events

      Do you have a free world's fair related event you'd like to publicize? A picnic or get together? Post your event here.

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    3. Community Chat

      General discussion, something for everyone.

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    4. Festival of Laughing Gas

      It's a cavalcade of comedy! A parade of parody, delightful deadpan and silly slapstick. Something funny for everyone.

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  5. Commerce Zone

    1. The Souvenir Shop

      Have a Fair collectible you would like to sell? Are you trying to find a buyer for a one-of-a-kind item? Do you buy and sell world's fair memorabilia? The Souvenir Shop is the place for you.

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    2. Commercial Events

      Want to promote a world's fair related commercial event? Are you having a collectibles show? Is there an admission fee? Commercial Events is the place for you.

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  • Posts

    • Opening Day 77 Years Ago
      Today's New York Times  (April 29, 2016) had a brief article about two events that took place 77 years ago, April 30.  The first part of the story discussed FDR's trip from Hyde Park to the Fair to lead the opening ceremonies.  It concluded with he fact that the NCR Cash Register display recorded over 631,000 people at the Fair that first day.  The second event that overwhelmed NYC that day was the fact that it was Lou Gehrig's last game played in front of just over 26,000 at Yankee Stadium.  He had no hits after four times at bat and only appears in the box score for that game that final day.  Two days later, at Briggs Stadium (later Tiger Stadium) in Detroit, he asked to be pulled from the game and never played again ending a 2,130 game streak and a record that would stand for 62 more years and a legal of decency and courage that will  stand forever.  April 30, 1939 was one of the most glorious days in New York history but it was also one of the saddest.  While nobody really knew the extent of Lou Gehrig's difficulties, all knew he was unwell and by July 4th, they all knew how awful his situation truly was.  When I think of Hemingway's definition of courage--"grace under pressure"--I always think of Lou Gehrig.
    • Opening Day 77 Years Ago
      Today's New York Times  (April 29, 2016) had a brief article about two events that took place 77 years ago, April 30.  The first part of the story discussed FDR's trip from Hyde Park to the Fair to lead the opening ceremonies.  It concluded with he fact that the NCR Cash Register display recorded over 631,000 people at the Fair that first day.  The second event that overwhelmed NYC that day was the fact that it was Lou Gehrig's last game played in front of just over 26,000 at Yankee Stadium.  He had no hits after four times at bat and only appears in the box score for that game that final day.  Two days later, at Briggs Stadium (later Tiger Stadium) in Detroit, he asked to be pulled from the game and never played again ending a 2,130 game streak and a record that would stand for 62 more years and a legal of decency and courage that will  stand forever.  April 30, 1939 was one of the most glorious days in New York history but it was also one of the saddest.  While nobody really knew the extent of Lou Gehrig's difficulties, all knew he was unwell and by July 4th, they all knew how awful his situation truly was.  When I think of Hemingway's definition of courage--"grace under pressure"--I always think of Lou Gehrig.
    • Opening Day 77 Years Ago
      Today's New York Times  (April 29, 2016) had a brief article about two events that took place 77 years ago, April 30.  The first part of the story discussed FDR's trip from Hyde Park to the Fair to lead the opening ceremonies.  It concluded with he fact that the NCR Cash Register display recorded over 631,000 people at the Fair that first day.  The second event that overwhelmed NYC that day was the fact that it was Lou Gehrig's last game played in front of just over 26,000 at Yankee Stadium.  He had no hits after four times at bat and only appears in the box score for that game that final day.  Two days later, at Briggs Stadium (later Tiger Stadium) in Detroit, he asked to be pulled from the game and never played again ending a 2,130 game streak and a record that would stand for 62 more years and a legal of decency and courage that will  stand forever.  April 30, 1939 was one of the most glorious days in New York history but it was also one of the saddest.  While nobody really knew the extent of Lou Gehrig's difficulties, all knew he was unwell and by July 4th, they all knew how awful his situation truly was.  When I think of Hemingway's definition of courage--"grace under pressure"--I always think of Lou Gehrig.
    • Opening Day 77 Years Ago
      Today's New York Times  (April 29, 2016) had a brief article about two events that took place 77 years ago, April 30.  The first part of the story discussed FDR's trip from Hyde Park to the Fair to lead the opening ceremonies.  It concluded with he fact that the NCR Cash Register display recorded over 631,000 people at the Fair that first day.  The second event that overwhelmed NYC that day was the fact that it was Lou Gehrig's last game played in front of just over 26,000 at Yankee Stadium.  He had no hits after four times at bat and only appears in the box score for that game that final day.  Two days later, at Briggs Stadium (later Tiger Stadium) in Detroit, he asked to be pulled from the game and never played again ending a 2,130 game streak and a record that would stand for 62 more years and a legal of decency and courage that will  stand forever.  April 30, 1939 was one of the most glorious days in New York history but it was also one of the saddest.  While nobody really knew the extent of Lou Gehrig's difficulties, all knew he was unwell and by July 4th, they all knew how awful his situation truly was.  When I think of Hemingway's definition of courage--"grace under pressure"--I always think of Lou Gehrig.
    • Expo 86 30th Anniversary...what to do
      I think that is a great idea...it would be great if the BC Pavilion could bring you back for a slide presentation and a talk before they destroy the rest of the BC pavilion to make way for more condos. I am pissed that the BC Pavilion complex has not survived.  It was made to last but wasn't really taken care of properly. When I was accepted as a host in the BC Pavilion,  we toured the under construction pavilion in January 1986 and it was fantastic.  So well thought out with some incredibly creative displays.     
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