The New York World’s Fair of 1939 and 1940 was the largest and most spectacular exposition that had ever been held in the United States, surpassing all prior international fairs in terms of size, scope and number of exhibitors. It was promoted by a massive publicity campaign and set attendance records, with 45 million visitors during its two seasons — the best-attended event of the first half of the 20th century. To create the Flushing Meadows fairgrounds, the Corona city dump and some 1,200 acres of swamp were transformed into new buildings, roads and lakes — a major engineering feat that remains one of the largest land reclamation projects ever undertaken in the eastern United States. This map promotes the newly constructed destination along with the city as a whole by showing it as a central and accessible area.
Emblem imprinted lower right corner: S.A. No. 1 Union Label. New York Registered 92.
Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall minor toning, wear, soft creases, handling. Professionally backed on linen to restore tear into image, stable and unobtrusive.
Weglein, Jessica, et al. New York World’s Fair 1939 and 1940 Incorporated Records 1935-1945. MssCol 2233. New York: New York: New York Public Library Manuscripts and Archives Division. June 2008. p. vii. Online at: http://www.nypl.org/sites/default/files/archivalcollections/pdf/nywf39fa_0.pdf (20 August 2013).