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!