New York World's Fair (1939-1940 : New York, N.Y.)
Motion pictures (visual works)
Queens (New York, N.Y.)
The theme of this fair was "The World of Tomorrow," symbolized by the Trylon & Perisphere sculptures. It commemorated the 150th anniversary of the inauguration of George Washington as President in New York City. The Fair was held on 1216 acres in Flushing Meadows, Queens, N.Y., divided into 7 geographic and thematic zones: Amusement, Communications & Business Systems, Community Interests, Food, Government, Medicine & Public Health, Production & Distribution, Science & Education, and Transportation. In expanding on the theme, the Fair tried to show that what was being built then would be the World of Tomorrow. 62 foreign nations built exhibit halls. World War II began Sept. 1, 1939, as the Nazis overran countries represented at the Fair, such as France, Denmark, and Belgium.
Two reels of 8mm amateur motion picture film of the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair.
Memories of New York World's Fair, 1939-1940, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
1996.3011 (NMAH Acc.)
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