World's Fair 1939: Singing Tower of Light at night

Color photos from NY’s World’s Fair (1939)

The 1939-1940 World’s Fair in New York was among the largest fairs, and it was seen by more than 44 million people over the course of its two seasons. When you realize that the US population was around 130 million, you can really get a sense of how huge of an event this really was.

The theme of this New York World’s Fair was “The World of Tomorrow,” so all the exhibits followed the futuristic concept. It was a positive, uplifting idea — especially coming on the heels of the Great Depression (and before anyone realized we would soon be fighting in a major world war).

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All photos by Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., and appear thanks to the US Library of Congress.

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