The following books are exclusively about The New York
World's Fair of 1939-40. Although not officially
sanctioned by The Bureau of International Exhibitions
as a Class One fair, it none the less deserves a place
in history as one of the best of these types of fairs.
For an overview of World's Fairs, see the General section.
THE FOLLOWING MAY NOT BE REPRODUCED
WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE AUTHOR ©
________ AMERICAN ART TODAY (1987) "New York World's Fair 1939" *(No Further Information.) Published By: ISBN: Price: ________ BILLY ROSE'S AQUACADE (1940) By (No Author Credited.) This large-format booklet (22 X 30cm) is more of a souvenir program than a book. In the second year of The New York World's Fair of 1939/1940, master showman and promoter, Billy Rose put on a big water show with synchronized swimming as the main attraction. Notables such as Eleanor Holm and Buster Crabbe starred in a show that featured live orchestras and singers of the day. The theme was World's Fairs of the Past. * (This booklet describes the show and performers, and gives a show program. There are many advertisements of the day from the show's sponsors.) Published By: Isaac Goldman Company New York, New York U.S.A. ISBN: Price: ________ DAWN OF A NEW DAY (1980) "The New York World's Fair, 1939/1940" By Helen Harrison (Editor). This is a catalog of an exhibit at The Queen's Museum, but contains a lot of fair information, as well. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: University Press New York, New York U.S.A. ISBN: Price: ________ FUTURAMA (1940) By (No Author Credited.) This small booklet (21 X 18cm) was put out by General Motors Corporation, most likely as a souvenir to those that visited their giant model at the Fair. The model (put in for the 1940 season), was MASSIVE: 3200 square meters in area, 500,000 buildings, thousands of kilometers of roadways, and 1,000,000 trees. It showed their vision of a future (1960) community with city, farm, industrial, and recreational areas. *(Recommended. This was a fascinating exhibit and this book gives a good overview. It's amazing how accurate their predictions were. Even though not all of them arrived by 1960, they're here now: Yarns made from milk, eyeglasses made from coal, glass that bends, and the "talking flashlight" (light-beam communication) are just some that are mentioned. Though few give details, each page has pictures of a model section accompanied by the narration that patrons heard from individual speakers imbedded into 552 "sound chairs", a moving chair system that took one through the model.) (No Publication Details Available.) ________ MAKING A WORLD'S FAIR (1958) By Ed Tyng. A book about the directors' efforts to make this fair a reality. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: ISBN: Price: ________ THE NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR, 1939/1940 (1977) By Stanley Applebaum. *(No Further Information.) Published By: Dover New York, New York U.S.A. ISBN: Price: ________ THE NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR, 1939/1940 IN 155 PHOTOGRAPHS (1977) By Richard Wurts. An overview of the fair in pictures *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: Dover Publications ISBN: 0486234940 Price: $9.95 ________ NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR VIEWS (1939) By (No Author Credited.) This large format picture book of 24 X 30 cm shows pictures of the 1939/40 Fair. 48 pages of black & white photos and illustrations are in the book including a stylized map in the center. *(Recommended. For those that want to see what it was like, this picture book offers over 200 images, including pictures of The Amusement Area. In the background of one picture can be seen the parachute drop (now a rusting hulk at Coney Island) and one of Traver/Baker's famous "Cyclone" coasters.) Published by: Quality Art Novelty Company Long Island City, New York U.S.A. ISBN: Price: ________ 1939: MUSIC AND THE WORLD'S FAIR (1998) By Claudia Swan, Robert Rosenblum and John Bell. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: Eos Music ISBN: 0964808323 Price: $25.00 (U.S. Funds) ________ THE 1939 NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR IN POSTCARDS (1988) By Herbert Rolfes. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: ISBN: Price: $29.95 ________ 1939: THE LOST WORLD OF THE FAIR (1995) By David Hillel Gelernter. This book discusses the fair partly through fictional characters based on discussions with those that witnessed it for themselves, and partly by the author himself. It includes a map of The 1939 Fair on endpapers, a photo section and index. *(The author discusses the fair from a somewhat synical 1990's perspective. Only selected areas of the fair are covered as were taken from literature of the time and the interviewee's memories. As such, it is not the best for those wishing an extensive description of the pavilions and attractions.) Published by: The Free Press 866 Third Avenue New York, New York U.S.A. 10022 ISBN: 0-02-874002-5 Price: $27.00 (Cdn. Funds) ________ OFFICIAL GUIDE - NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR (1939) "The World of Tomorrow" Fair Guide Book. Includes a fold-out color map in 3-D relief and a complete index. A copy is in The CEC's archives. * (This exhibition which also ran during the 1940 season, is looked upon fondly by most fair buffs. Although not officially sanctioned by the I.E.S., it's usually included in most reference books on World's Fairs.) Published by: Exposition Publications New York, New York U.S.A. Original cost: $0.25 (1939 U.S. Funds) ________ PATCHWORK SOUVENIRS OF THE 1933 WORLD'S FAIR (1993) "The Sears National Quilt Contest and Chicago's Century of Progress Exposition" By Merikay Waldvogel and Barbara Brackman. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: Rutledge Hill Press ISBN: 1558532579 Price: $19.95 ________ REMEMBERING THE FUTURE (1989) "The New York World's Fair from 1939-1964" By various authors. Gives a history of the two New York World's Fairs 1939-1940 and 1964-1965. This 200-page book was published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Queens Museum, NY. It covers topics such as Science & Technology, Arts, Architecture, etc. *(Recommended. Although leaning toward the 1964-65 fair, this book does a good job of comparing the two fairs with lots of pictures, behind-the- scenes information, and comments by well-known personalities of the times. Essays discuss various themes, and themes that were never to be. One detriment to readers of this website is that the amusement area is not discussed, save for the odd item like the U.S. Rubber ferris wheel.) Published by: Price: Unknown Rizzoli International Publications 300 Park Avenue South New York, New York 10010 ISBN: 0-8478-1122-0 ________ SIX 1939 NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR POSTCARDS (1994) By Maggie Kate. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: Dover Publications ISBN: 0486282198 Price: $1.00 ________ TRYLON (19 ) By? 200 Pictures; most in colour. No additional details, but may be the same book as the next listing, despite different ISBN's. *(Not Reviewed) Published By: ISBN: 0-8109-2415-3 Price: $24.95 (U.S. Funds) ________ TRYLON AND PERISPHERE (1989) "The 1939 New York World's Fair" By Barbara Cohen, Seymour Chwast, and Steven Heller. This is a large format picture book mainly showing memorabilia and collectibles associated with the fair. There is a write-up about the fair itself, and many letters and comments [some from famous people of the time] are included. *(Recommended. The picture quality is excellent thanks to the fact that many were taken on the then-new transparency film: "Kodachrome". This is an especially good book for collectors because of the range of fair items pictured, and also for the many views not usually seen in books about this world exhibition.) May be the same book as the above listing. Published by: Price: (Unknown) Abrams ISBN: 08 1092 4153 ________ THE WORLD OF TOMORROW (1988) "The 1939 New York World's Fair" By Larry Zim, Mel Lerner, and Herbert Rolfes. This book has a strong emphasis on souvenirs and exhibits. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: Harper & Row New York. New York U.S.A. ISBN: Price: ________ WORLD'S FAIR COLLECTIBLES: (1998) "Chicago 1933 and New york 1939" By Howard Rossen. *(No Further Information.) Published By: ISBN: 0764304607 Price: $29.95 (U.S. Funds)
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