A Shining City in the Distant Future - 1939-1940 World's Fair

Submitted by the Archives Cat

Crowds turned out in their best to wander among the futuristic buildings and showrooms of the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair. This beautifully-shot home movie shows the architecture of Theme Center, General Motors and other buildings, in Corona Park, Queens. Cyrus Pinkham, the filmmaker, worked as a Rockefeller Center tour guide in New York in the 30s. He would have known his way to the Fair. He was borne in Rockland in 1915, but lived much of his early life in Maryland and New York, before returning to Maine for the rest of his life. From the Cyrus Pinkham Collection, Northeast Historic Film.