Vintage New York

A look into the past of New York.


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  1. Aquabelles fashion show of past, present, and future of bathing suits at the New York’s World Fair
July 4th 1939

    Aquabelles fashion show of past, present, and future of bathing suits at the New York’s World Fair

    July 4th 1939

     
     
  2. World’s Fair, Crippled children’s outing, getting lunch from an actress
1939

    World’s Fair, Crippled children’s outing, getting lunch from an actress

    1939

     
     
  3. World’s Fair, Sculpture- Golden Sprays by Leo Lentelli
1939

    World’s Fair, Sculpture- Golden Sprays by Leo Lentelli

    1939

     
     
  4. World’s Fair, Aquacade
1939 

    World’s Fair, Aquacade

    1939 

     
     
  5. World’s Fair, barn dancing
1939

    World’s Fair, barn dancing

    1939

     
     
  6. World’s Fair, dancing children
1939

    World’s Fair, dancing children

    1939

     
     
  7. World’s Fair, harmonica contest winners
1939

    World’s Fair, harmonica contest winners

    1939

     
     
  8. World’s Fair, sledding 
1939

    World’s Fair, sledding 

    1939

     
     
  9. World’s Fair, Freckle contest winner
1939

    World’s Fair, Freckle contest winner

    1939

     
     
  10. World’s Fair
1939

    World’s Fair

    1939

     
     
  11. World’s Fair, telephone operators 
1939

    World’s Fair, telephone operators 

    1939

     
     
  12. World’s Fair, employee
1939

    World’s Fair, employee

    1939

     
     
  13. The 1939–40 New York World’s Fair, which covered the 1,216 acres of Fountain Lake, was the second largest American world’s fair of all time.  Many countries around the world participated in it, and over 44 million people attended its exhibits in two seasons. The NYWF of 1939–1940 was the first exposition to be based on the future, with an opening slogan of “Dawn of a New Day”, and it allowed all visitors to take a look at “the world of tomorrow”. According to the official New York World’s Fair pamphlet:

    "The eyes of the Fair are on the future — not in the sense of peering toward the unknown nor attempting to foretell the events of tomorrow and the shape of things to come, but in the sense of presenting a new and clearer view of today in preparation for tomorrow; a view of the forces and ideas that prevail as well as the machines. To its visitors the Fair will say: "Here are the materials, ideas, and forces at work in our world. These are the tools with which the World of Tomorrow must be made. They are all interesting and much effort has been expended to lay them before you in an interesting way. Familiarity with today is the best preparation for the future.’"

    More details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1939_New_York_World’s_Fair

     
     
  14. Firemen in action, World’s Fair
1939

    Firemen in action, World’s Fair

    1939

     
     
  15. Marcy Westcott (Luciana), Wynn Murray (Luce) and Muriel Angelus (Adriana) in The Boys from Syracuse
Alvin Theater, Broadway
1938

    Marcy Westcott (Luciana), Wynn Murray (Luce) and Muriel Angelus (Adriana) in The Boys from Syracuse

    Alvin Theater, Broadway

    1938