Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

Well, sometimes the prompt for Sepia Saturday sends me in different directions than the actual subject matter of the prompt. Such is the case this week, when the prompt shows a baby elephant and some children. However, this got me thinking circus, carnival, zoo, etc. When I came across this feature from Life Magazine on the 1939 World’s Fair in New York, I stopped searching. This marks my first magazine article for Sepia Saturday, although I’m not saying it’s my last.

Click on any thumbnail to bring up a gallery of images. The copy of Life that I have is actually printed crooked and no matter how I tried I could not get these images exactly straight. I find the photo of the USSR building and the DuPont building particularly interesting. The USSR one simply because it is a celebration of communism in America right before World War II, and the DuPont building because my grandfather was working for DuPont at that time. I do wonder if he took a tour through the exhibit.

Many of these displays featured what at the time was cutting edge tech, but today seems so “quaint.” A display of searchlights, colored lights shining on water, ho hum you may think, but at the time, this was probably amazing! This link will take you to a wiki on the fair with lots more information than the article could have provided.

Take a moment and click over to Sepia Saturday to find out where others have followed the trail of peanuts left by our pachyderm prompt. You’ll be glad you did!

It’s a circus around here!

6 thoughts on “New York World’s Fair

  1. Little Nell says:

    As you say it must have been amazing and any visitors would have been awestruck I’m sure. I enjoyed your magazine article – more please.


  2. postcardy says:

    I have seen a lot of images of that fair on postcards, but I think those Life images are more interesting.


  3. Bob Scotney says:

    This would have been a great match when we had the fair theme recently, and especially the first photo.


  4. smkelly8 says:

    Great images. I too thought of circuses for my post.


  5. Jana Last says:

    Very cool photos! This must have been an amazing event back in the day.


  6. The optimism in this futuristic fair still must have felt unreal in 1939, even without the foreknowledge of WW2.


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