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The New York World's Fair, 1939/1940: in 155 Photographs by Richard Wurts and Others

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Photographic tour of best-loved world's fair: the 700-foot-tall Trylon; the 200-foot-wide Perisphere; GM's Futurama ride; 3-D movies; Elektrothe7-foot-tall robot; artwork by Salvador Dali, Rockwell Kent, Alexander Calder, and much more. 155 photographs. Map. Introduction. Captions. Index. ...more
Paperback, 170 pages
Published June 1st 1977 by Dover Publications
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Lars Williams
Jun 28, 2012 Lars Williams rated it really liked it


155 b&w photos of the extraordinary buildings and exhibits of the 1939 New York World's Fair. Lovely techno-utopian architecture and design. The world of tomorrow....

The photos are reasonably well reproduced (I read the Dover Thrift edition, which is a medium-format paperback). I would have liked a bit more in the way of exposition, but I guess there are other books for that.
Влад В. Головач
Although the NYPL digital library contains lots of photos from the Fair, they lack proper description and context. This book provides such a context and serves as a good touring guide to the past. Art Deco! Murals! Strongly allegoric statues of virtues of modernity, mostly with boobs exposed! World fairs and their history is a wonderful aspect of the past and this book is showing it all.
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