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World of Tomorrow, The: The 1939 New York World’s Fair Vol 1

Synopsis
A compilation of promotional and amateur films relating to the 1939 New York World’s Trade Fair, which provided a glimpse of an ephemeral future, envisioned on the cusps of the Depression and World War 2.
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
2006
Year of production
1939
Subjects
History; Technology
Keywords
exhibitions; household machines; social history; technological innovation; New York World’s Fair 1939; International trade fairs

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0
Price
$9.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
150 minutes
Year
2006

Sections

Title
Leave it to Roll-oh
Synopsis
Demonstrates a household work-saving device that came into general use by the 1960s. (1940 b&w)
Duration
9 mins

Title
To New Horizons
Synopsis
Jam Handy produced this General Motors message film for viewing at the Futurama exhibit of GM’s Highways and Horizons" pavilion. It looks forward to "the wonder world of 1960" and shows futuristic cars travelling on far-out superhighways. (1940, colour).
Duration
23 mins

Title
Medicus Collection. The: Reel 1 Parts 1 & 2
Synopsis
Kodachrome amateur colour film that documents the many different sights to be seen at the fair.
Duration
43 mins

Title
Wathen Collection, The
Synopsis
Another colour amateur film detailing the goings-on and features of the fair.
Duration
28 mins

Title
World’s Trade Fair, August 1940, The
Synopsis
More colour amateur film that condenses the fair’s exhibits down to 7 1/2 minutes.
Duration
8 mins

Title
World of Tomorrow, The
Synopsis
Black & White amateur film documenting amongst other things the apparent use of nude "live" statues!
Duration
36 mins

Title
New York World’s Fair
Synopsis
A "sweetened" print of the first 15 minutes 10 seconds of the Wathen amateur film collection, featured above, and processed for contrast and colour balance.
Duration
15 mins

Distributor

Name

MediaOutlet.com

Email
service@prosperohouse.com
Web
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Address
PO Box 1432
Bayonne
NJ 07002
USA
Notes
Specialises in US archival moving image and sound material, particularly vintage radio and public service films and broadcasts that have been digitally restored. Formerly known as Earthstation.com. Sale on multi-region DVD or CD.

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