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.
A closer look at the many kinds of structures.
The Vatican Pavilion, next door, lends its roof to this scene.
"Rapunzel, Rapenzel, let down your hair!"
Replica of the Church of St. Nicholas in Antwerp.
I remember the Belgian Village was on the "must see" list of many people. My family had a meal there but there was far too much to see in the time we at the Fair. What a shame it could not have been preserved.
I couldn't help but marvel at this largest international exhibit at the fair. Although it was a major photographic effort of mine, it still only captured part of the external charms of the 1800s village with its 100 houses and its cobblestone streets.
Also included as an AUDIO file of the Belgian Village Promo.
This is the first of three posts.
The Village looms in the distance, past the Lithuanian Wayside Shrine in the Garden of Meditation.
This was no toy village, but a huge life-sized walled town on four acres of land.
Restaurants, beer halls, shops and cultural displays were everywhere.
Signs of the various craft guilds hung over the crowd.
Colorful electric lamps were everywhere, to light up the nights.
City Hall dominates this plaza, with an underground, 1500 seat rathskeller. (Guess what that little image is on the bent pole atop the spire!)
Lots of cobble-stoned nooks and arches.
Some of the streets were on shallow hills.
Boom! (I think.)
Belgian Village Promo.mp3