Friday, May 28, 2010

1939 New York World's Fair - Postcard Friendship Friday

Another postcard from the group I found at Goodwill sometime back.

It depicts the US Steel building at the 1939 New York World's Fair.

The back reads as follows: "A striking architectural feature of this 66-foot high stainless steel building is the use of the structural steel members on the exterior as a basic element of design. These members, weighing 350 tons and meeting 72 feet above the ground, painted blue, conceal lights which are directed against the polished dome at night. Visitors will see a dramatic presentation of the world of tomorrow which steel helped to build. Design was by Walter Derwin Teague. Architects York and Sawyer."

I tried to get more information on the fate of this building ... whether it still stands or not ... but the only information I could find said that most of the metal buildings built for the 1939 New York World's Fair were dismantled upon completion of the fair, and made into bullets and other items to be used by the military during WWII.

If anyone has further information about this building, please let me know!

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  1. Really! Can you imagine how many bullets that building would have made. Too bad it's not standing today-what a spectacular building. Not long after this postcard was printed WW2 started. Probably where the bullets went.

    Wonderful postcard! I can't believe someone would have given it to the Goodwill! To our benefit, though--because you are sharing it here!

    Happy PFF!

  2. That's a spectacular building.

  3. Thanks for posting this. I have a more common view of the Trylon and Sphere from the '39 Fair.

  4. Amazing they would put up a building like this then dismantle it!

  5. This was some building for back then. I had a friend that worked at the fair. I agree it is a shame they dismantled this building.