World's Fair 1939

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

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


WNYC Production Credits 
Associate Producer: Laura Mayer 
Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister 
WNYC Newsroom Editor: Karen Frillmann

Produced by:

Sara Fishko

Comments [2]

Vincent Tomeo from Flushing

The correct name for Flushing Meadow Park is Flushing Meadow- Corona Park!

Apr. 11 2014 08:29 PM
Paul D. Miller from NYC

Great story. The upcoming Events in Queens at the Flushing Meadow Park are definitely a re-visit worth talking about. The '39 & '64 World's Fair history not to be missed. TASTE 2014 on April 29th and all the events beginning at the end of this month can be reviewed at: and

Special high fives to: Melinda Katz, Borough President, Margaret M. Markey, NYS Assembly, Seth Bornstein, Executive Director of Queens Economic Development Corporation and the Queens Tourism Council for making all what's coming happen.

Paul D. Miller

Apr. 10 2014 09:28 AM

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