Images of America: The 1939-40 New York World's Fair

This book was a real treat to put together, as I really enjoyed the opportunity to go through my collection of photos from the Fair looking for ways to convey how majestic it was. I tried to stay away from re-using the standard and staged publicity photos seen in most other books about the Fair, hoping to capture instead what a day might have been like for the average visitor. I hope that you will enjoy the results.


Book cover

After enduring 10 harrowing years of the Great Depression, visitors to the 1939–1940 New York World’s Fair found welcome relief in the fair’s optimistic presentation of the “World of Tomorrow.” Pavilions from America’s largest corporations and dozens of countries were spread across a 1,216-acre site, showcasing the latest industrial marvels and predictions for the future intermingled with cultural displays from around the world. Well known for its theme structures, the Trylon and Perisphere, the fair was an intriguing mixture of technology, science, architecture, showmanship, and politics. Proclaimed by many as the most memorable world’s fair ever held, it predicted wonderful times were ahead for the world even as the clouds of war were gathering. Through vintage photographs, most never published before, The 1939–1940 New York World’s Fair recaptures those days when the eyes of the world were on New York and on the future.

Arcadia Publishing. Publication date: June 15, 2009. 128 pages, $21.99


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