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1939 New York Worlds Fair Expo. Rare Films, 4 Dvds -j18 For Sale
Classic Archives Listing
New York's World
Fair 1939-1940, 4 DVD Set!
The 1939-40 New York
World's Fair, located on the current site of Flushing
Meadows-Corona Park (also the location of the 1964-1965 New
York World's Fair), was one of the largest world's fairs of
all time. Many different countries around the world
participated in it, and over 44 million people attended its
exhibits in two seasons. The NYWF of 1939-1940 allowed all
visitors to take a look at "The world of tomorrow."
In 1935, at the height of the Great
Depression, a group of New York City businessmen decided to
create an international exposition to lift the city and the
country out of depression. Not long after, these men formed
the New York World's Fair Corporation, whose office was
placed on one of the higher floors in the Empire State
Building. The NYWFC elected Grover Whalen as the president
of their committee. The whole committee consisted of
Winthrop Aldrich, Mortimer Buckner, Floyd Carlisle, John J.
Dunnigan, Harvey Dow Gibson, Fiorello La Guardia, Percy S.
Straus, and many other business leaders.
Over the next four years, the committee planned, built, and
organized the fair and its exhibits, with countries around
the world taking part in creating the biggest international
event since World War I. Working closely with the Fair's
committee was Robert Moses, New York City Parks
Commissioner, who saw great value to the City in having the
World's Fair Corporation (at its expense) remove and replace
a vast ash dump in Queens that was the site for the
Promotion of this great event took many forms. In 1938, the
Brooklyn Dodgers, Giants, and Yankees did their part to
promote the upcoming fair with their jerseys. All players on
those teams wore patches featuring the Trylon, Perisphere,
and "1939" on their left sleeve. Howard Hughes flew a
special World's Fair flight around the world to promote the
fair in 1938.
This collection takes you through the
1939 Fair, from the begining to the end. You see the
exhibits, the shows, and you feel like you were there.
At the heart of this collection is the Medicus Collection.
About 6 hours of silent footage that documents the journey
of one man through the entire fair. You really feel
like you are part of the action and that you are taking a
step back in time. It is amazing to think that the
footage shot here is about 70 years old. It almost
feels as though you are watching life on another world.
We also have a DVD on the 1964 World's
Fair in New York. Please view our other sales for
This is a 4 DVD collection with
footage of almost 7 hours in length. All DVD's contain
a fully interactive Menu. The films in this collection
is as follows:
amateur films are edited and condensed to show what a day at
the World’s Fair.
Silent, Color 10:32
New York World Fair 1939
Take a trip
through the Views of the "World of Tomorrow."
Silent, Color 15:10
The Worlds Fair 1940
A stroll through the garden
taking in all the scenery
Silent, Color 4:43
To New Horizons 1940
Definitive document of pre-World
War II futuristic utopian thinking, as envisioned by General
Motors. Documents the "Futurama" exhibit in GM's "Highways
and Horizons" pavilion at the World's Fair, which looks
ahead to the "wonder world of 1960."
Sound, B&W, 23:00
DVD 2, 3, and 4
Collection: Reels 1 and 2 on DVD 2, Reels
3 and 4 on DVD 3, and Reels 5 and 6 on DVD 4
As stated below, the Medicus
Collection is an amateur silent movie that documents one
man's travels through the 1939 fair. More than any
other footage known, this set truly captures the flavor of
the fair. More than anything available out there, this
is critically considered the best footage made of the fair.
Rare and unique, it is considered a work of art. About
6 hours long, it is quite easy to get "lost" in this
collection. Just sit back, and take a stroll through a
fair held 7 decades ago, and feel like you are right there.
It is very surreal to watch how people dressed and behaved
back then. Hard to believe it ever happened. It
really feels like you are watching footage not only taken at
another time, but in a different world. You feel like
you are taking a secret look back into time. A
collection to treasure. (note, there is some very mild
and tame nudity on here, certainly tame by today's
standards, but is included for its historical significance.)
DVD Menu Sampler:
DVD format and quality
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formatted NTSC, without region coding. This means that they
will play on any NTSC DVD Player in the world. The standard in
USA is NTSC. For those in Europe, your DVD player may be a PAL
format, which will not work. For those overseas customers,
please verify that your DVD player can play NTSC disks.
Please note, that most of the
films on our disks were made 40 years ago or more. Some
perhaps as old as 80 or 90 years! As you can imagine, the
movie making equipment of the time was a lot more primitive than the
high tech equipment that they use today. Also, many of these
films were stored improperly for decades before being digitally
coded. As a result of this, these films are not what one would
consider to be "DVD quality" today. Many, if not most,
are black and white. The sound and picture quality is not
perfect. There are those occasional "snap, crackle, and pops"
across many of these films. We
feel that these imperfections add to a film's charm, and provide for
a more authentic viewing experience. WIth that in mind, this
collection may not be for those wishing to
find digitally remastered and professional recolored duplications of
the original work in perfect DVD quality. Please keep that in mind prior to purchase,
since we have fully disclosed that to you.
item is our catalog #J18. If you purchase another item with
this same catalog number, you will get two identical items.
Given this, we cannot offer refunds for customers who accidentally
purchased two identical disks without reading this sale fully.
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customers), this disk will work for you. If you have a PAL
player, this won't. Also, many commercial DVD's out there have
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none of our DVD's have any region coding, so that won't be an issue.
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What if my disk arrives
We offer a no muss, no
fuss guarantee that all damaged disks are replaced free of charge.
Testimonial emails from customers:
"Just got it,and I
love it. Where did you find this stuff? I've been
looking for these films forever. I'm a high school Social
Studies teacher and a big part of my lesson plan is World War II.
These films are invaluable, and they have been keeping my students
engaged. Thank you so much." Andrea P., Memphis, TN.
"My father served in
WWII and I bought these films from him. Many of them brought a
tear to his eye. We will treasure this collection." Jeff
H., Trenton, NJ.
and hard to watch. I couldn't watch the whole thing. Just
brought tears to my eyes." Lucy N., Atlanta, GA.
"Those old fair films
are absolutely amazing. It really is like watching another
world like you said. I was glued to them for hours."
Jake P., San Diego, CA.
"My uncle was a
firefigher for 36 years and I bought this collection for him.
He just loves it. Thank you." Sarah P., Boston, MA.
"I'm a high school
physics teacher and I bought your A-bomb films for my students.
Unbelievable footage. Its hard to believe that we lived in
fear all those years, and we are getting back to that time again."
Robert S., New York, NY.
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