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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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".

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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  3. World's Fairs & Expositions

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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.

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    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.

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    3. Community Chat

      General discussion, something for everyone.

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    4. Festival of Laughing Gas

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

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  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.

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    2. Commercial Events

      Want to promote a world's fair related commercial event? Are you having a collectibles show? Is there an admission fee? Commercial Events is the place for you.

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  • Posts

    • Chicago was a crazy place in those years.  Dillinger became a rather popular attraction, himself, in July of 1934 when he was gunned down at the Biograph Theatre.  Thousands were allowed to view his corpse at the Cook County Morgue.  Great information, Randy.  I think it's cool your mother was named for Shirley Temple.  I'll bet she was one of tens of thousands of little girls whose mothers loved America's Dimple Darling.
    • Yes it would be fun.  And also watch for John Dillinger, who was said to have liked strolling around at the Fair to admire the fast cars that Ford and GM exhibited. Of course, being time travelers, we now know where he was living in Chicago all that time, getting his face change surgeries. My grand dad came over to see the Fair from Akron, where he was working at the Goodyear factory.  My mom was born there in 1934, and named after Shirley Temple.
    • I would like to be able to go back in time and spend a day at the Century of Progress Exposition.  That GM building was massive.
    • Bill, I finally listened to the entire march in Tape 1 Hour 3 Track 14. The second melody is quite famous, with its "caissons go rolling along." It's Sousa's "U.S. Field Artillery." Just a note about Hour 4 Track 3. The second melody, probably the most familiar, was used as a theme by a pair of entertainers on early radio station KDKA (Westinghouse, Pittsburgh, I believe). The words went "We're the joy boys of radio, hello hello hell-oh hell-oh!"
    • I don't believe I've ever really studied this map before.  I've looked at it but I never realized the intricate detail prior to this.  Tonight, I traced the route we took when my family entered the Fair in 1965.  We entered at the Peter Stuyvesant Gate (3) and walked around the loop and I can still recall seeing the Space Park as we entered but I have absolutely no memory of the Hall of Science.  What I do remember, however, is a man raking the few leaves that had begun to fall in September of 1965 along the Avenue of Science in front of Ford where that row of trees appears on the map.  I still remember thinking that in another month or so, it was all going to be torn down and pounded into rubble but that one man raking leaves made it all seem so permanent.  I suppose even the trees which were newly planted just a year or two earlier and dropping their leaves in 1965 are gone along with everything else.  I recall bits and pieces of the Ford and Chrysler exhibits but I can still see that workman as plain as day as he took pride in maintaining the grounds of  a pavilion that was nearing the end of its useful existence.
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