75 Years ago today, the New York World’s Fair opened. (1939)
Covering over 1200 acres in Flushing Meadows, the New York World’s Fair of 1939 showcased the latest in technological and scientific advances, as well as exhibits from 60 countries, including Soviet Russia.
Some of the most notable displays included the Futurama, a massive model of the world of 1960, RCA’s television sets, Borden’s fully automatic milking parlor (which introduced Elsie the cow), the Westinghouse time capsule, Electro the Moto-Man, and even hosted the very first sc-fi convention. In addition to the technological, educational and social purpose exhibits, the fair included a massive midway that was described as “The greatest amusement park ever…. at least until Disneyland”. This amusement area featured a roller coaster, the Lifesavers Parachute Drop (which still stands in Coney Island), and rather shockingly, an array of shows featuring topless girls - including one designed by Salvador Dali.
More posts on the fair to come!
Two bathing beauties and a friend at Venice Beach, CA - 1935
NY Public Library, Westinghouse