Friday, February 26, 2010

Dawn of a New Day

The 1939-40 New York World's Fair was the largest world's fair of all time. Many countries around the world participated in it, and over 44 million people attended its exhibits in two seasons. The Fair was the first exposition to be based on the future, with an opening slogan of "Dawn of a New Day", and it allowed all visitors to take a look at "the world of tomorrow".

Features of the Elgin Watch Building at the New York World's Fair include a fully equipped astronomical observatory and watch museum. There is an animated puppet style show, parading the latest fashions of leading designers. Watches of visitors are rated for accuracy, without charge.

Gas Exhibits Building - Four ninety-foot pylons form a unique entrance to the building through a circular Court of Flame. Several hundred gas corporations have united to make this one of the most interesting displays in the Community Interests Zone.

Parachute Jump - A 250-foot steel structure with parachutes in operation is one of the concessions in the Amusement Area of the New York World's Fair. Eleven of the 'chutes, each seating two passengers, are to be hoisted by steel cables to the top of the tower and the released to give passengers the experience of "bailing out" from a winging plane.

Men's Apparel Quality Guild Exhibit Building - Representing over fifty leading manufacturers of men's apparel, the exhibits in this building display men's wear in many attractive and colorful exhibits. Also included in this building is a magnificent sports arena featuring a daily sports program in its diving pool and on its playing firld and tennis courts.

Cosmetics Building - Erected by the Fair Corporation, this building closely resembles a container for the products of the vast cosmetic industry which is portrayed in the numerous exhibits within its walls. Motion pictures, pageants and cosmetic shows daily fill the magnificent auditorium to capacity.

4 comments:

Major Pepperidge said...

These are great... I hope you've seen the hours of amazing Kodachrome color footage that one man filmed at the fair... you can download it or stream it here for free!

http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=Medicus%20AND%20collection%3Aprelinger

The "Medicus" collection is the good stuff.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

I have Major. All downloaded to DVD. Truly awesome stuff.

Heidi Ann said...

Oh, I had never seen the Parachute Jump before!! Very cool. Reminds me of Jumpin' Jellyfish at DCA.

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

Greetings,
This is just a little note to let you know that this post - and in particular the Parachute Jump postcard - were featured in
A Festival of Postcards (7th Ed.) Light which can be found here:
http://wp.me/pp92w-850
Your postcard is in the first section.
Have a great day!
Evelyn in Montreal