15 Iconic pictures from the 1939 New York World’s Fair

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The world was recovering from the throes of the ‘Great Depression’ and needed to get out of its economic woes. An international exposition was planned to lift the nation out of its financial problems. The 1939 New York World’s Fair was hosted at the Flushing Meadows park and it was the second most expensive American fair of all time. Additionally, 44 million people attended the fair. The theme for the 1939 New York World’s Fair was ‘the world of tomorrow’ and the opening slogan was ‘Dawn of a New Day’.

Let us take a look at 15 Iconic pictures from the 1939 New York World’s Fair

1) A picture of U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt delivering an address at the opening ceremony of the $160,000,000 1939 New York World’s Fair. During this address, he famously said that America has ‘hitched her wagon to a star of goodwill’.

A picture of Prsident Franklin Roosevelt at the 1939 New York World's Fair
The U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt at the 1939 New York World’s Fair (AP Photo-John Lindsay)

2) Visitors pictured ascending the ‘electric stairway’ in the Hall of Power at the Westinghouse building.

A picture of The electric stairway at the Hall of Power
The electric stairway at the Hall of Power

3) A Pontiac deluxe ‘Ghost car’ made of plexiglass displayed at the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

A picture of the see-through Sedan at the 1939 New York World's Fair
Model of the new see-through Sedan

4) The crowd excitedly watches the Westinghouse Moto-Man, Elektro as he performs his 26 mechanical tricks such as smoking a cigarette, talking, walking and counting.

A picture of the Westinghouse Moto-Man, Elektro
The Westinghouse Moto-Man, Elektro

5) A picture of the impressive consolidated Edison’s water fountain, taken at night.

A picture of the consolidated Edison's water fountain
The consolidated Edison’s water fountain

6) A picture of the Streamlined locomotive New York Central ‘Hudson’ at the 1939 World’s Fair.

A picture of the Streamlined locomotive New York Central 'Hudson' at the 1939 World's Fair
Streamlined locomotive New York Central ‘Hudson’

7) Rosalie Fairbanks, a guide to the fair, points to the theme centre of the fair- the iconic Trylon and Perisphere structures.

A picture of the iconic Trylon and Perisphere structures
The iconic Trylon and Perisphere structures

8) Queen Elizabeth and King George VI (First Car) on the way to the 1939 New York World’s Fair on June 10, 1939.

A picture of Queen Elizabeth and King George VI (First Car) on the way to the 1939 World' Fair
Queen Elizabeth and King George VI (First Car) on the way to the 1939 New York World’ Fair

9) The entry to the General Motors’ Exhibit, the exhibit was visited by more than 25 million people.

A picture of the entry to the General Motors' Exhibit
The entry to General Motors’ Exhibit (AP Photo-General Motors Corp)

10) A picture of Futurama, a 1960 model of the world designed by Norman Bel Geddes. This is how he envisioned the future in the next 20 years. It had futuristic features such as skyscrapers, segregation of traffic and a motorway system. The model truly fit the theme of the fair.

A picture of Futurama, a 1960 model of the world
Futurama, a 1960 model of the world

11) Visitors enjoying the bumper boats, one of the many unique rides at the 1939 New York World’s fair.

A picture of the bumper boats at the 1939 World's fair
Bumper boats at the 1939 World’s fair

12) A picture of visitors crowding around a new type of television at the RCA exhibit.

A picture of visitors crowding around a new type of television.
Visitors crowding around a new type of television.

13) An iconic picture of the Soviet Pavillion at the 1939 World’s Fair.

A picture of the Soviet Pavillion
The Soviet Pavillion

14) Swimmers of the famous Billy Rose Aquacade show, one of the most successful production at the fair.

A picture of the swimmers of the famous Billy Rose Aquacade show
Swimmers of the famous Billy Rose Aquacade show

15) The fair came to an end as the world prepared itself for World War II. Below is a picture of the dismantling of the fair’s theme centre the Trylon and Perisphere.

A picture of the dismantling of the fair's theme centre the Trylon and Perisphere
The dismantling of the fair’s theme centre the Trylon and Perisphere

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