The New York World's Fair, which ran for two seasons between 1939 and 1940, was not only the largest fair ever, but it became one of the 20th century's most iconic international expositions. Located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, "The World of Tomorrow" lifted visitors' spirits at the height of the Depression and second World War. Both Franklin D. Roosevelt and Albert Einstein gave speeches on its opening day, while exhibits like the Westinghouse Time Capsule gave people incentive to embrace their culture during a very bleak era of history. The capsule enclosed copies of Life
magazine, a kewpie doll, seeds, and writings in a tube not to be opened for 5000 years. The Jewish Palestine Pavilion showcased concepts of a contemporary Jewish state, which of course, became modern-day Israel. Great Britain even displayed the actual Magna Carta document in the British pavilion, where it remained until after the war.
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