World's Fair New York, 1939
The World’s Fair opened on Sunday April 30, 1939, the 150th anniversary of George Washington’s inauguration in New York City as the first President of the United States. It took place in Queens, New York in 1939; it was supposed to give the people living in the Great Depression a little hope that things were going to be ok. The idea was that this huge fair that was internationally recognized would lift the country’s moral and the city’s moral. The fair intended to help the American economy by showcasing American, and more specifically New York, businesses and by boasting the theme “Building the World of Tomorrow” by having displays of many up to date examples of technology. However, although the future was the theme, it was not the only thing the Fair had to offer. Many businesses and companies saw this as an opportunity to showcase consumer products, kind of taking it as a world exposition. But the fair was remembered for its futuristic theme spanning from the products it showed to the architectural decorations. And although many thought the World’s Fair was a huge success based on its attendance (over 44 million people in two seasons) the World’s Fair actually caused the Fair Corporation to go bankrupt after the fair was over.
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