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1939 New York World's Fair souvenirs

1939 1949
 Collection
Identifier: 2012-223

Abstract

World's Fairs or International Expositions are large-scale exhibitions that highlight technology, agriculture and other innovations of national or cultural significance. The New York World's Fair took place in Flushing Meadows, Queens from April 30, 1939 to October 31, 1940. The theme was "The World of Tomorrow." This small collection consists of souvenir items from the 1939 New York World's Fair.

Dates

  • 1939
  • 1949

Creator

Extent

13 item(s)

General Physical Description

2 photographic prints : b&w ; 4 x 5 in. or smaller. 11 photomechanical prints, collotypes : color ; 8 x 10 in. or smaller. 2 items (coins).

Historical Note

World's Fairs or International Expositions are large-scale exhibitions that highlight technology, agriculture and other innovations of national or cultural significance. These fairs are open to the general public and can run for three weeks to six months.

The New York World's Fair took place in Flushing Meadows, Queens from April 30, 1939 to October 31, 1940. Nearly 45 million people visited the New York World's Fair. The theme was "The World of Tomorrow." Notable structures of this fair was the 18-story Perisphere and the 700-foot Trylon obelisk.

Scope and Content

This small collection consists of souvenir items from the 1939 New York World's Fair. There are two black and white snapshots which show the Trylon and Perisphere, and some surrounding sculpture. There are eleven color "Albertype" photomechanical prints (collotypes) which show the following fair buildings: Italian, Portuguese, Turkish, and Polish Pavilions, the American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T) Building, and the U.S. Government's Court of States. There is one souvenir coin from the 1939 fair, as well as a souvenir coin from the 1949 Chicago Railroad Fair.

Location

GL Box 1.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
1939 New York World's Fair souvenirs
Status:
Online
Date:
2015
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Audiovisual Collections Repository

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