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    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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    1. Fairs That Never Were

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    • TiSL a smashing success!
      By ClassicalGuitarist1964 · Posted
        At age 7 I played a concert in the Spanish Pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair with my guitar professor Senor Jose Franco (who was trained by Andres Segovia in Spain for years) and other students older than me, some adults.   I need to find the B&W glossy and scan it.  We were on a large stage with a full theater of spectators.    Being 7 1/2 I was a nervous wreck that I would break a string playing Malaguena or Spanish Romance.  Fortunately, I didn't but was prepared with two sets of string if I needed to restring a broken one or two nylon.   The theater appeared huge but I was a young child, playing guitar for 18 months but ahead of the boys in their teens according to my guitar teacher from the then "Long Island Institute of Music" in Queens.   I am trying to figure out where the theater was in the building, that pat I can't recall.  Any ideas where it was located?   Thank you again,   MKS    
    • SiP time
      By Randy Treadway · Posted
      Okay, the "official" time is this coming Saturday, August 8th, at *9:30 am* ! Meet at the Unisphere fountain. Probably will walk over to the Hall of Science first to see the newly refurbished Great Hall. From there, my family might want to stay there checking out everything in the museum, while the rest of us traipse around the fairgrounds, including a progress check at the New York State Pavilion. (I haven't been in the park since the summer of 1964!) Looking forward to meeting some of you too.   Does anybody know if the "United Nations North" bridge over the GCP (which connected the Hollywood Pavilion to the Ford Pavilion) is currently closed to pedestrian traffic because of the Arthur Ashe Stadium reconstruction work? When I try to get Google Maps to route me a "walking" path from the QMA to the Hall of Science, it routes me the craziest path you've ever seen, avoiding that bridge like the plague.    
    • Happy 48th birthday to Expo 67!
      By Bill Cotter · Posted
      That would be great, Randy. I am going to try to add lists for as many fairs as I can.
    • Dear fellow history buffs
      By Randy Treadway · Posted
      That's a really great photo- so much detail!   What's the purpose of the bulbous chin?  Luggage compartment?
    • Dear fellow history buffs
      By Bill Cotter · Posted
      Here you go!
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