Essay On World Fair In The 1930s

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In the 1930s, there was a location in the borough of Queens that was about to undergo a huge transformation. This area was known at the time as the Corona Ash Dumps. The site was used to gather the ashes from coal-burning furnaces, as well as waste, into a single location. During 1935, which was when the Great Depression was at its peak, a group of New York City businesspersons concluded to host an international exposition to help rid the city and possibly the country of the effects of the depression. Over the course of four years, the group planned, built, and organized the fair and its exhibits with other countries around the world. Robert Moses, New York City Parks Commissioner at the time, saw it would be a great value to the city if the removal of the Corona Ash Dumps could provide the land needed to host the World’s Fair. In preparation for the 1939-1940…show more content…
On Sunday April 30, 1939, the World Fair had its grand opening with 206,000 people in attendance. Spanning to possibly 1,216 acres at the time, the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair (NYWF) was found to be the second most expansive American world’s fair of all time. Numerous countries participated and over forty-four million people attended its exhibits within two seasons. The 1939-40 NYWF was to be the first ever exposition to be focused on the future. With an opening slogan of “Dawn of a New Day”, the 1939-40 NYWF seemed to be a gathering for hope to further better humanity and our environments. In addition to the first displaying of a television set at the opening of the World’s Fair, there were many
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