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1789-1939: The World of Tomorrow, New York World's Fair.
[New York]; Elizabeth Sage Hare & Warren Chappell. 1939. Landscape 12mo., (163 x 127mm); original colour-lithographed pictorial boards illustrated, to upper cover, with five figures including George Washington and a Jester, with die-cut viewing peephole to upper board revealing a pretty six-layer peepshow lithographed in colours with accordion-folded paper hinges, preserved with the original buff stamped and addressed mailing envelope printed in white: "New York World's Fair 1789-1939"; an immaculate example contained in the scarce, rubbed, and slightly creased envelope. First edition of this delightful souvenir of the New York World's Fair of 1939 featuring a 3-dimensional view of Flushing Meadows; Corona Park including Fair buildings, trees, fountains; and representations of the monumental Modernist structures of the Trylon, Perisphere and Helicine, designed by architects Wallace Harrison and J. Andre Fouilhoux. These structures, collectively, became the Theme Center of the project and evolved into the archetypal symbols of the exhibition. The Perisphere ("as large as a city block") was a tremendous spherical construction, 180 feet in diameter, which was connected to the 610-foot spire, or Trylon, by what was, at the time, the world's longest escalator. The Perisphere housed a diorama by Henry Dreyfuss called Democracity which planned a utopian city of the future viewed from a moving sidewalk while a slide presentation was projected on the dome of the sphere. The third element of this structure, the Helicline, was a spiral ramp along which visitors descended. The Futurama exhibit, designed by Norman Bell Geddes, which aimed to portray what life would be like 20 years hence, included futuristic homes, electric farms, fire-safe houses, and advanced highway systems. The overarching concept of the Fair was a projection of the approaching 'machine-age' future through the media of ideas, art, architecture, consumer products, demonstrations and exhibits. The entire project became a benchmark in visionary design thinking and advanced the culture of the nation as well as contributing very positively to the history of New York City (The World of Tomorrow in 1939 by John Foster, in Design Observer; Wikipedia).
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