Trash pick up crew snags 1939 World’s Fair souvenir…70 years later!
1939 brochures from the New York World's Fair
In 1939, I wasn’t able to make it to the New York World’s Fair, but I managed to get a souvenir from it anyway!
Maps of theater and shopping districts in World's Fair brochure
I scored these two brochures during an estate cleanout in Flushing, Queens. They’re original pamphlets from the New York World’s Fair in 1939. The one on the right is the pamphlet that a fair goer would receive at the General Motors exhibit building. Inside is a New York City subway map that has directions to the fair. Different train routes are bolded in red.
New York World's Fair brochure
The other brochure has a map of New York’s theater and shopping districts so that patrons had an idea of where to go at the fair.
Both maps have a picture of the Royal Building on William Street in Manhattan, along with the stamp from the insurance specialist who was located on 161st street in Jamaica, Queens.
Subway map in World's Fair brochure
The World’s Fair was held right here in Flushing, Queens, in 1939. As a native of Queens, I look at this map, and it makes me realize just how many people from so many different areas traveled here to be a part of this — in New York’s greatest borough. The fair was historic. To this day, people who were lucky enough to go are still talking about it!