A site on the 30s would not be complete without mentioning the twin manifestations of the glorious future to come: the World’s Fairs. The Century of Progress expo in Chicago doesn’t have the same image as the New York version in ’39 - it lacked the iconic Perisphere and Trylon, or the Futurama exhibit, and didn’t have the sense of imminent doom we get when we look back on 1939. But it was influential in its own way; it introduced a stark but seductive form of modernism to audiences, and its more prosaic accomplishments - new advances in building materials, for example - lasted long beyond its run.

This isn’t a complete site by any means. Just some stuff I have.

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