New York World's Fair 1939
photographs by Charles Krill
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The photographs that follow were taken
by my dad, Charles Krill. All the photographs were printed in
1939 and it was only much later (1960 or 61) that he had them
inserted into a photo-album. This was my introduction to photography.
They had a great impression on this young teenager. The only reason
they still exist is because I made sure they were kept safe.
They're all 8x10 prints. The camera used
for all the photographs was a Rolliflex twin-lens reflex.
Chuck grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and
discovered photography as a teenager in the late 1920s. He had
his own darkroom in the basement of his parent's home on Maple
St. In 1957 when we visited grandma the basement darkroom was
still there. I confiscated a great many darkroom items that I
used for many years.
After 3 years at Kalamazoo College he transferred
to Columbia College in New York. Chuck's older brother was working
in New York and Chuck lived with him until he graduated. I still
have negatives of photos Chuck took of New York city.
The World's Fair photos were taken on at
least two separate days, May 1, 1939 (The second day of the fair.
It opened April 30, 1939.) and May 27, 1939. The last photo was
taken in September 1940. The computer imaged was scanned from
a 4x5 inch print that this photographer found in a box of old
Enjoy - John Krill
Except for the first two photographs the captions were gathered
from web sites listed on this page. We're still missing information
on several of the photographs and others could use additional
information. If you have and information to add we would like
to hear from you.
Another source of information would be
the May 22, 1939 issue of Life magazine which featured the fair.
Haven't seen it myself but I'm looking for a copy.
January 30, 2004: Corrections and
added details were provided by David J. Cope.
February 10, 2005: The last photo added. This one was taken
Send an email to John.
Thanks - Start