Seventy-five years ago the 1939 World’s Fair opened in Queens, New York City, NY, on April 30, 1939. (Also the site of the 1964 World’s Fair)
FDR Opens N.Y. World’s Fair Before 600,000
New York, N.Y.—The “World of Tomorrow,” spectacular pageant of color and engineering skill, is jammed with excited and thrilled sightseers for its gala opening. Pres. Roosevelt, dedicating the $156,000,000 exhibit calls for world good-will and peace. The evening is climaxed with brilliant fireworks!
Railroad display at the 1939 New York World’s Fair.
Featuring - Pennsylvania Railroad S-1 and GG-1 locomotives, Italian ETR 200 Electric, the LMS Coronation Scot (with engine 6229 Duchess Of Hamilton masquerading as 6220 Coronation), a Delaware and Lackawanna Western 4-6-4 , and a New York Central J3-a Hudson.
Italian immigrant and co-founder of the Planters Peanut Company, Amedeo Obici was born on July 15th, 1877 in Veneto, Italy. Amedeo settled in the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania region and co-founded the company with another Italian emigre, Mario Peruzzi. The company’s iconic logo of an anthropomorphic gentleman peanut was created by fourteen year old schoolboy Antonio Gentile in 1916.
Bookmark from the Collection on the 1939/1940 New York World’s Fair, Queens Museum, 2011.1.117WF39.