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  2. The Great Fairs

    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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  4. Something for Everyone

    1. Fairs That Never Were

      Many fairs have been proposed over the years. Projects start with great fanfare and then fade away. These are their stories.

    2. Events

      Do you have a free world's fair related event you'd like to publicize? A picnic or get together? Post your event here.

    3. Community Chat

      General discussion, something for everyone.

    4. Festival of Laughing Gas

      It's a cavalcade of comedy! A parade of parody, delightful deadpan and silly slapstick. Something funny for everyone.

  5. Commerce Zone

    1. The Souvenir Shop

      Have a Fair collectible you would like to sell? Are you trying to find a buyer for a one-of-a-kind item? Do you buy and sell world's fair memorabilia? The Souvenir Shop is the place for you.

    2. Commercial Events

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  • Posts

    • Fun inside the Belgian Village
      The idea of a Belgian Village was not new to the NYWF.  The 1965 Guide does not state who sponsored it--at least not in the description on page 130.   However, there was  Belgian Village in Chicago in 1933-34 sponsored by the Burnham Brothers (a Chicago architectural firm)  with Alfons deRydt (also spelled deRidt).  Daniel Burnham, incidentally, was the master planner of the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.   That second name, deRydt, was a sponsor of the 1964 Belgian Village.  He also designed an exhibit known as "Belgique Joyeuse" at the Brussels' World's Fair. The NYWF Corporation pursued him starting in 1961 to see if he would build a village for the NY fair.  His motivation, it appears, was purely financial.  He wanted to make money and there's nothing wrong with that.  But considering the cost of construction, the delayed opening and the feeble entry fee of one buck, it's hard to see how he did.  Everything inside the village cost something (food, drinks, souvenirs etc.) but it was also staffed by waiters, guides in full costumes, vendors etc.  They had to be paid. In 1964, he was "president and architect" of Beautiful Belgium, Inc.  He broke ground for the exhibit on April 11, 1963 with Robert Moses and a host of others and full press coverage. That press coverage was put into a pamphlet entitled "Beautiful Belgian Village, April 11, 1963."  It is on-line. The Belgian Village certainly had a good deal of world's fair pedigree when many of us saw it in NY.  Its direct link goes all the way back to Chicago in 1893 when you think about it.  Pretty cool.    
    • Dinner is being served
      I was.  Well, except for the lunch my family had one day at this restaurant that had "radar range" ovens--the first microwaves I had ever seen.  I can still remember that the food didn't taste quite right and my dad, who was a surgeon, wondered aloud if the stuff was safe to eat.
    • Anyone in the market for a TV?
      Hey Wayne, was that the birth of the Sony Trnitron?
    • Anyone hungry?
      They were huge in size (in 1964 terms) and covered with strawberries and whipped cream. Something new, different and decadent. Everybody had to try one. Kind of like when Burger King Whoppers were actually  whopping big (5 or 6 inches across). Those have been super-downsized over the last 40 years.
    • Dinner is being served
      We forget how much we've seen in the last 50 years on television and in the movies and on the web.  This show must have been spectacular to eyes that were used to  seeing b&w entertainment. Then again, I guess we were all bedazzled by most everything at the fair, weren't we!
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