Claimed by many to have been the best world's fair ever held, the 1939-40 New York World's Fair had a visual style that made it particularly appealing to photographers. It offered new hopes to those who had come through the Depression, but was overshadowed in part by the war in Europe that would soon engulf the United States. This section of the site salutes this amazing event, which celebrated the themes "Building the World of Tomorrow with the Tools of Today" (1939) and "For Peace and Freedom" (1940).


Until someone builds a time machine, you can still take a trip down memory lane through this collection of photos from the Fair. Click on the slides for full details on the collection and how to order.



Sit back and enjoy a look back at many of the popular pavilions and shows of the 1939-40 New York  World's Fair. Sample photos from the CD collection are presented here for your enjoyment. Click on the ticket to start your tour! Please note that this section is under development, so please stop back again soon to see the newest photos added to the site.


My book takes a look at what many feel was the most impressive world's fair ever held. It includes 219 vintage photographs, most of which have never been published before. Published by Arcadia Publishing as part of their "Images of America" series, the book was released on June 15, 2009 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Fair. It is available at major booksellers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. and is also available here. Please click the cover or here for more information. Sample pages are available online.


Bonus Features

Thanks for visiting this site about the 1939-40 New York World's Fair. I will be adding more pictures and information soon, but in the meantime, If you have any questions, just click here to send me an e-mail.

Bill Cotter

Last updated on: 05/18/2014

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