World's Fair 1939

It was right around this time seventy five years ago –as spring was finally kicking in—that workers were putting the finishing touches on the 1939 World’s Fair in Queens.  As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us in this Fishko Files, its theme, “The World of Tomorrow,” held special promise for Depression-era Americans…





The New York Public Library has a large selection of photos from the 1939 World's Fair. Here's a sampling:












Frank Buck's Jungleland

Aerial Acts and Airshows - Fox, Betty and Benny

Fashion show at Court of Peace

Transportation to Fair - Man on bicycle

Airline hostesses with Perisphere in background



All images are from the New York Public Library's Digital Collections.



The best collection of 1939 World’s Fair photos we’ve seen is in this blog post from The Atlantic. It's worth spending some time scrolling through the images on The Atlantic's website.


A home movie from The 1939 World's Fair


"Electro the Smoking Robot" from the 1939 World's Fair


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