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.
I was 8 and my mother was getting ready to set dinner down. The florescent ceiling light in the kitchen began to flicker and the house went black.I looked outside ( lived in Jackson Heights at the time) and the entire area was black. My father worked on Northern Blvd. in the Bronx and was due home for dinner. My brother,me and mom ate dinner and didnt open the fridge as she said "Everythings going to go bad.DO NOT OPEN IT!" My father eventually came home to cold dinner and he was saying what am i going to do tomorrow about work. I thought it was the coolest time,flashlights under the sheets,candles flickering in the living room. A few years later (or so it seemed) my parents took us to a drive in the see Doris Day in Where were you when the lights went out! The blackout in the 70's didnt compare,guess the child always sees the joy in tough times,wish I could still be like that today.....
Another great shot from Shorpy.com. Caption reads: May 6, 1965. "World's Fair, Flushing, Long Island. Robert & Frances Vargo from Verplanck, N.Y., with Madame Grace Zia Chu, cooking Chinese Spare Ribs at Festival of Gas." Madame Grace, known as the "First Lady of Chopsticks," was a sort of Asian Julia Child who did her best to explain that authentic Chinese cuisine relied on fresh ingredients that did not come from a can. 4x5 inch Ektachrome transparency from the Shorpy Publicity Department archive.