World’s Fair Wednesday- The Newest “Midgie”

Here’s an ad from a Playbill for an Olsen and Johnson play performed in 1939 during the World’s Fair.  This particular ad features a fashionable  “Tish-U-Knit” sweater, obtainable at “smart shops anywhere”!     My favorite part is where you have to send them a letter to get the location of the nearest shop that…

World’s Fair Wednesday – Yesteryear

This is pretty cool.  Stumbled across a blog called View-Master World that’s exactly what it sounds like – a collection of still images from View-Master packets.  You know, these things:     Can’t you just hear the ka-chunk it makes when you advance the image? Anyway, one of the packages featured on the blog was called…

World’s Fair Wednesday – 1939 Wonder Bakery

So, Wonder Bread had a presence at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York.  Kind of strange, but not super-strange; Wonder Bread was the wave of the (supposedly) healthy future! What stands out most about their presence is, clearly, their building.   The font, dots, and white-on-teal all scream “FOOD OF TOMORROW”.  Here’s a postcard…

World’s Fair Wednesday – Elektro

Westinghouse put Elektro the robot on exhibit at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York.  Seven feet tall, Elektro was made of aluminum and powered by a gears and motors.  He had a vocabulary of 700 words, and could distinguish red from green, blow up balloons and smoke cigarettes.  Also, he could walk and move…

World’s Fair Wednesdays – Pacifica

Pacifica was the mascot statue of the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco, CA.  Standing 81 feet tall, she welcomed guests to the Exposition, embodying that year’s themes: World Peace, Neighborliness, and the Unification of the Pacific Coast. Pacifica was created by Ralph Stackpole, the Bay Area’s leading artist in the 1920s and…

Five Things – 4.23.12 – World’s Fair Edition

Lately I’ve found myself reading about Worlds Fairs, those expos of society’s progress that were held time to time all over the world as far back as the 19th century.  Growing up as an 80s kid, I never heard much about these – seems like I was born just a little bit too late for…