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’ve got a ticket to Expo 61 in my collection. But I have never heard much about the fair, either. Here’s a nice online museum site dedicated to the Expo – although it appears to be all in Italian.
Italia 61 Website
Bill, is May the process date or a known exposure date?
Trying to estimate from the Rocket Thrower shadow and plotting it on Google Earth (43.5 feet at 295 degrees) and the published Rocket Thrower height (43 feet), I come up with a date and time of 10:08 am EDT, April 25.
To give an idea of the possible error: If the shadow is actually 42 feet long rather than 43.5 (or the published height is similarly wrong, or does not include the pedestal), the date and time come out to April 27 at 10:10 am. The 25th was the first Saturday after opening, and the 27th was the first Monday.
10:08 to 10:10 am: Is it possible from the preceding pictures on the roll that the photographer got on the skyride this quickly? This might explain why so few people had gotten to the Fountains of the Fair area.
How do we know that it is morning? The pavilions opened at ten AM generally speaking. I have no idea why it's so empty. I'm speculating, of course. Regardless, the place is empty and therein lay the Fair's main problem.