40 Vintage Photos of the 1939 New York World’s Fair

The 1939–40 New York World’s Fair was a world’s fair held at Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in Queens, New York, United States. It was the second-most expensive American world’s fair of all time, exceeded only by St. Louis’s Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904. Many countries around the world participated in it, and over 44 million people attended its exhibits in two seasons. It 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”.

When World War II began four months into the 1939 World’s Fair, many exhibits were affected, especially those on display in the pavilions of countries under Axis occupation. After the close of the fair in 1940, many exhibits were demolished or removed, though some buildings were retained for the 1964–1965 New York World’s Fair, held at the same site. (Wikipedia)

The back side of the Kodak Exhibition Building
A couple poses for photographing at Eastman Kodak
Amphitheater and Billy Rose Aquacade
Amphitheater and Billy Rose Aquacade
Amphitheater and Billy Rose Aquacade
Amphitheater and Billy Rose Aquacade
Amphitheater and Billy Rose Aquacade
Amphitheater and Billy Rose Aquacade
Ballantine Inn
Ford Building
French Pavilion on the Court of Peace with Trylon and Perisphere
French Pavilion on the Court of Peace
General Motors Building
George Washington statue behind “Time and Fates of Man,” sundial, with the United States Federal Building in the background
Globe along the Court of States, in front of the West Virginia and Georgia buildings with tower of the USSR (Soviet) Pavilion above
Kodak Building
Kodak Building
Metals Building
National Cash Register Building
New York City Building with Trylon and Perisphere
Night view of Trylon and Perisphere
The Avenue of Pioneers, looking toward the Schaefer Center
The back side of the Kodak Exhibition Building
The Japan Pavilion next to the USSR (Soviet) Pavilion
The Lagoon of Nations with the Italian Pavilion in the rear
The New Jersey Building along the Court of States
The Pennsylvania Building along the Court of States with tower of the USSR (Soviet) Pavilion above.
The USSR (Soviet) Pavilion
Trylon and Perisphere
Trylon, Perisphere and Helicline
U.S. Marine Corps marching in front of the USSR (Soviet) Pavilion
1939 New York World’s Fair
1939 New York World’s Fair
1939 New York World’s Fair
1939 New York World’s Fair
1939 New York World’s Fair
1939 New York World’s Fair
1939 New York World’s Fair
1939 New York World’s Fair
1939 New York World’s Fair

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