Welcome to the Fairs, part 6

The last of the decade and one of the largest fairs of all time, the New York World’s Fair was the beneficiary of ten years of experiment in exposition architecture and design.  The architecture was modern in form and function—“a thing of modern lines, studied optical illusions, breath-taking vistas and downright madness, all contributing to the mood of fiesta, and functional without apology.” Its scope and style made New York’s fair arguably one of the most spectacular fairs in American history.

Statistics about the New York World’s Fair:

Marine Transportation, New York

Hall of Marine Transportation, New York, c. 1939. National Building Museum purchase.

  • City: Queens, New York
  • Dates:  April 30 – October 31, 1939; May 25 – September 29, 1940
  • Admission fee:  adults 75 cents, children 25 cents
  • Size: 1216-½ acres in Flushing Meadow
  • Attendance: 45 million
  • Theme: The World of Tomorrow (1939), Peace and Freedom (1940)

“Here are the materials, ideas, and forces at work in our world. These are the tools with which the World of Tomorrow must be made.”
New York World’s Fair Guide, 1939

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6 Responses to Welcome to the Fairs, part 6

  1. Thomas Cox says:

    I’m interested in the WPA building at the New York Fair. I have a number of paintings by artist Seymour Fogel, who was one of the major artists who created the huge mural at the WPA exhibit. The mural was later destroyed. Do you have any information on Seymour Fogel that you can share? Thanks very much. Thomas Cox, Washngton DC.

  2. Jay Johnson says:


    Please feel free to visit http://www.artofseymourfogel.com as it is the most comprehensive website about Seymour Fogel’s life, experiences, and many examples of his work. Many of our members, like you, own paintings by Cy. If you have questions, please email me and we’ll get back to you quickly.


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