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Future Vision: NY World's Fair 1939

The Historic New York World's Fair: 1939-1940

The Historic New York World's Fair: 1939-1940

An aerial view reveals the grounds of the 1939 World's Fair, which took place across Flushing Meadow Park's 1,216 acres in Queens, New York. More than 44 million people attended the Fair between 1939 and 1940, hoping to catch a glimpse of new inventions like air conditioning, color photography, and nylon. From its grand opening on April 30, 1939 -- the 150th anniversary of George Washington's inauguration as the first U.S. President -- the fair was billed as a peek into the world of tomorrow, featuring many of the time's greatest voices and thinkers (President Franklin Roosevelt, New York's mayor Fiorello La Guardia, and Albert Einstein among them).

Photo: New York Times Co.

Jan 01, 1939
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