Around the World at the 1939 World’s Fair

Jun
4
Submitted by David

National Pavilions in the Government Zone

Dozens of fountains tossed the Flushing River into the air. Of the national pavilions ringing the Lagoon of Nations, many countries no longer existed autonomously by the second year of the Fair - France, Ethiopia, Poland, Czechoslovakia and Lithuania had all been annexed or invaded. World War II loomed for Americans, even as color photography, nylon, air conditioning, fluorescent lamps and Smell-O-Vision debuted at the Fair.
For more information about the Cyrus Pinkham Collection please view the full finding aid. Or, to see more about the Pinkham's trip to the fair please visit fairfilm.org.

 

Northeast Historic Film: Dozens of fountains tossed the Flushing River into the air. Of the national pavilions ringing the Lagoon of Nations, many countries no longer existed autonomously by the second year of the Fair - France, Ethiopia, Poland, Czechoslovakia and Lithuania had all been annexed or invaded. World War II loomed for Americans, even as color photography, nylon, air conditioning, fluorescent lamps and Smell-O-Vision debuted at the Fair. Cyrus Pinkham’s full collection is held in the moving image archives of Northeast Historic Film: www.oldfilm.org