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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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    • Next "World's Fair Auction" has started
      By 1964 NYWF Forever · Posted
      Hello Everyone:  Thanks for the heads up about this online auction service-- I registered on Monday, just one day before the auction ended, and was confirmed yesterday to bid. I was able to get bids in on seven items on Tuesday afternoon, and I won four of them!!  Sure wish I could have won the coffee cup from the Texas Pavilions' Frontier Palace Restaurant service-- I was outbid on it- would have been nice to have that to go with my Frontier Palace steak platter!!  Ronald
    • Unisphere - New Book on the Theme Center
      By Bill Cotter · Posted
      I heartily recommend this book to all NY World's Fair fans. No matter how much you know today about the Unisphere you will learn more from this book. Guaranteed.
    • Unisphere - New Book on the Theme Center
      By Dan Short · Posted
      My book is finally available this month: It ballooned to just over 250 pages and is full of exacting facts about the construction of your favorite World's Fair icon. Next month in Pittsburgh is the opening of the museum exhibit: Silver to Steel: The Modern Designs of Peter Muller-Munk.The exhibit opens November 21st and runs through March of 2016. More details are here: If you'd like to read more about PMMA's contribution to the Unisphere project I have updated the WIkipedia page: But for the full unedited story you will have to get hold of the book.
    • First Day Covers for the 1964-65 NYWF
      By Jim · Posted
      Bill, I'll make a guess here.  That steak house, the one that looks like it was moved there from Utica to avoid demolition, was not the most popular spot at the Fair. Was it actually open both seasons?
    • A different angle on Coca-Cola
      By speedwell · Posted
      Kelly's Restaurant on Long Beach Island has a dispenser that looks identical to the ones in this picture.  Though I'd imagine it's been converted to bag-in-box mixing. I use the old pre-mix kegs for homebrewed beer.
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