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.
Peter Thomas, one of the most famous voiceover narrators in commercials, documentaries etc. died this past week at age 91. http://www.naplesnews.com/opinion/editorial-the-passing-of-peter-thomas-a-man-who-gave-much-to-many-31ded4a7-034a-73bf-e053-0100007f6e-377830721.html.
This is notable to Fair historians since Thomas was the narrator of the "Triumph Of Man" exhibit at the Travelers Pavilion, and of course his narration lived on in those countless supplies of red records that Fair buffs have.
Thanks!!! I have a color aerial slide from K. Schultz but a bit faded and its a period dupe which is not a surprise considering the subject.
To answer - YES! This topic has come up once before - I recalled there was a color aerial Kodachrome in a National Geographic but could not recall where and no one else knew of it or could find it. It was found and posted.
"Page 766 (Photo VIII) of the June 1940 National Geographic..."
There may be another. I'm sounding like Yoda now...
That's a great song to listen to in the full production with all the trumpets - the kind of thing that would be used for the opening of any great public exposition and could be used as an advertising meme. On the other hand, I think the mood change, long bridges, and getting to the catchy repetitious part later makes it unlikely to get people humming along. I still think "Meet Me in St. Louis" is the best expo-related song ever written. Even though it says practically nothing factual about the expo (and neither do the 6 comical verses, which are never sung), the mood of the simple chorus is perfect and the urge to sing along is practically irresistible.