1964 New York Worlds Fair Guide

This official guide book came to me via Las Vegas.  A dear work colleague who retired to start a book shop sent this to me the other day.  What a lovely surprise it was.

The icing on the cake is it is signed by the President of the NYWF Corporation, Robert Moses.  Whoever went to the fair with this book got more than 50 signatures.  Every stop they made they had someone at the exhibits sign.  Some fairs had stamps like the Stamp Folio I have from the 1974 Spokane Expo.

Robert Moses, President NYWF Corp, signed 1964-65 Worlds Fair Guide

Robert Moses, President NYWF Corp, signed 1964-65 Worlds Fair Guide

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1939-40 NY Worlds Fair found in Seattle

Today I found some treasures from the 1939-40 NYWF.  While my car was getting its windshield repaired I went to an Antique Mall.  This plate which caught my eye turned out to have a little handle.  This was revealed when the case was unlocked and a sign moved out-of-the-way.

This dish highlights the fair’s focal point.  Wiki tells us the following about the two structures

The Trylon and Perisphere were two modernistic structures, together known as the “Theme Center,” at the center of the New York World’s Fair of 1939-1940. Connected to the 610-foot (190 m) spire-shaped Trylon by what was at the time the world’s longest escalator, the Perisphere was a tremendous sphere, 180 feet in diameter. The sphere housed a diorama called “Democracity” which, in keeping with the fair’s theme “The World of Tomorrow”, depicted a utopian city-of-the-future. Democracity was viewed from above on a moving sidewalk, while a multi-image slide presentation was projected on the interior surface of the sphere. After exiting the Perisphere, visitors descended to ground level on the third element of the Theme Center, the Helicline, a 950-foot-long (290 m) spiral ramp that partially encircled the Perisphere.

The name “Perisphere” was coined using the Greek prefix peri-, meaning “all around”, “about”, or “enclosing”. The name “Trylon” was coined from the phrase “triangular pylon”.

When I had the Mall staff unlock the case we found under the dish some paper ephemera.  (the meaning of ephemera is – any transitory written or printed matter not meant to be retained or preserved. The word derives from the Greek, meaning things lasting no more than a day.)

As you can see from my definition above of ephemera these kinds of things are little treasures since they were meant to be tossed or used up.  Funny how humans hang onto them anyway and now 75 years later I found them in an antique mall.

First lets look at the ticket packet.  The color is so vivid it must have been kept in a drawer most of the time.

1940 NYWF Ticket Book

1940 NYWF Ticket Book

I didn’t buy any postcards because I have some already which I will post at a later date. However, I did snatch up this brightly colored “Seeing New York Worlds Fair in Colors” book. Like the ticket packet the color is still very bright and this was stored properly.

1939-40 New York Worlds Fair color booklet of sites

1939-40 New York Worlds Fair color booklet of sites

back of 1939-40 NYWF booklet

back of 1939-40 NYWF booklet