1939 New York World's Fair

 

1939 had many interesting events over its 12 months span but the most dynamic was The 1939 NY World's Fair. It was impressive and quite extensive, covering 1200 acres in Queens New York, the west end of Long Island. Dad volunteered for the 2 year span and was given access to many of the pavilions after most of the crowds had gone home. 44 million people attended the Fair until it closed on October 27, 1940. Unfortunately all the magnificent pavilions, statues, structures, pools, and fountains, except for one, were completely demolished and the site totally leveled once the Fair was closed.

Dad experimented with black and white photography at night and created the “Nite Sites” series you see in this Gallery. Ironically, He photographed all the pavilions on September 11, 1940. He processed the negatives back then but, due to WW2 restrictions on photo material, it wasn't until 55 years later that I produced the first set of prints. He had them buried in his darkroom. A number of the prints are now part of the permanent collection of the Queens Museum in New York City. The Museum building is the only remaining structure from the Art Deco event of the twentieth century.

More "Nite Sites" photo info at webbersphotography.blogspot.com (live link "My Blog" ).


The "Nite Sites" series from the most memorable Art Deco event of the 20th century