Category: fair

Policeman and a child at Danbury State Fair, Danbury, Connecticut, October 1963. Photographed by Ronald Reis.

A young American boy with ice cream around his mouth at Battersea Fun Fair, London, July 1956. Photographed by John Chillingworth.

An artist at the 57th Street Art Fair in Chicago, 1954. Photographed by Mildred Mead.

57th Street Art Fair, Chicago, 1954. Photographed by Mildred Mead.

Crowd eating free barbeque dinner at the Pie Town, New Mexico Fair, 1940. Photographed by Russell Lee.


Interior of Alfalfa Palace, fair, Chavez County, Roswell, New Mexico

Photographer: Phillips & Sheek
Date: 1892
Negative Number 151414

66 fascinating photos that capture people at Michigan State Fair in 1973.

The 1926 Tin Lizzie of the Gypsy Coeds of Bradford, Illinois, leaving on a trip to the New York World’s Fair, 1939

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German and Soviet pavilions face off at the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris

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The Perisphere, a modernistic structure which was the centerpiece of 1939 New York World’s Fair. It was connected to the spire-shaped Trylon by what was at the time the world’s longest escalator

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The Trylon and Perisphere were two monumental modernistic structures designed by architects Wallace Harrison and J. Andre Fouilhoux that were together known as the Theme Center of the 1939 New York World’s Fair. The Perisphere was a tremendous sphere, 180 feet in diameter, connected to the 610-foot (190 m) spire-shaped Trylon by what was at the time the world’s longest escalator. The Perisphere housed a diorama by Henry Dreyfuss called Democracity which, in keeping with the fair’s theme “The World of Tomorrow”, depicted a utopian city-of-the-future. The interior display was viewed from above on a moving sidewalk, while a multi-image slide presentation was projected on the dome of the sphere. After exiting the Perisphere, visitors descended to ground level on the third element of the Theme Center, the Helicline, a 950-foot-long (290 m) spiral ramp that partially encircled the Perisphere.

The name “Perisphere” was coined using the Greek prefix peri-, meaning “all around”, “about”, or “enclosing”. The name “Trylon” was coined from the phrase “triangular pylon”


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