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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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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".

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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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  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.

    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.

    3. Community Chat

      General discussion, something for everyone.

    4. Festival of Laughing Gas

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

  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.

    2. Commercial Events

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  • Posts

    • La Triennale di Milano
      It would be nice to hear about any trip reports from 2016 La Triennale di Milano Expo. For those of you who don't know, this is a BIE recognized event. It used to happen every 3 years in Milan, but they had stopped it for 20 years and it resumed again this year. I like to think of it as a Level 4 Expo (Level 1 being World Expos, Level 2 being International Expos, Level 3 being World Horticultural Expos, and Level 4 the Triennale). 
    • 2016 World Horticultural Expo Antalya
      Great news for those who have not yet gone to the Antalya Expo.  Looks like the AntRay tram now goes to the Expo site. Would have been nice if they could have completed it before the Expo like they had planned to, but better late than never.
    • Apparently, Wisconsin pavilion took a risk in 1964!
      July 1, 2016) OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a semitrailer containing 20,000 pounds of cheese was stolen from a parking lot in southeastern Wisconsin. Capt. Mike Bolender of the Oak Creek Police Department says the cheese was reported missing around 2 a.m. Thursday after the driver parked his semitrailer, left for several hours and returned to find it was gone. Bolender says the cheese was produced by manufacturer U.S. Foods and was on its way to the New York City area from Green Bay. He says U.S. Foods values the cheese at more than $46,000. A semitrailer carrying $70,000 worth of cheese was stolen from a Germantown trucking company in January.
    • Worlds Fair 1964-1965 Luminaire help disconnecting from pole
      Hey, my name is Zach,  I have Worlds Fair 1964-65 Luminaire in my backyard that belonged to my dad.  It Lights up and everything. It has 7 or 8 cubes with 4-5 different colors when lit up.  My dad passed away a few years ago and I am looking to sell it but don't know how to disconnect the luminaire from the pole.  My dad left me with no information as to how he installed it so any info as to how much the luminaire weights and how to remove it would be of great help.  If you are curious as to what it looks like you can see it on eBay by typing in worlds fair street light.  It is the one lit up at night in the main photo.  Please give me a call when you get the chance I have a few people interested in buying it on eBay and would like to keep it in the worlds fair community but I need guidance as to how to disconnect it from the pole.  Give me a call if you can help.  516-734-1467.

    • Spruce it up with paint - and haul out that trash!
      Here's a brochure for World Color, Inc., who did the color separations for the printing plates for the official Dexter postcards. Note that they stripped in a real sky from Daytona Beach, FL behind the architect's rendition of the GM pavilion.  Done by hand - no Photoshop in those days. I was surprised by the statement that this brochure was done on a 2-color press, as it is clearly 4-color printing. Apparently it is/was possible to get good registration with two passes.
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